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Fresh Food and Farmers Markets

With its good soil and generally moderate climate, Delmarva has always been anchored in agriculture. Not for nothing is there a town called “Fruitland” in Maryland. Train lines were developed in order to move produce quickly from fields to markets in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, and beyond.

Farm stands dot the landscape. From tables set up on the side of the road with money left on the honor system to large seasonal retail operations, it’s hard not to check out what’s fresh this week.

Farmers’ Markets are an established part of the scene on Delmarva. The weekly gatherings are more than just a place to buy fresh corn or vine-ripened tomatoes. Familiar faces show up every week; friendships are made; a sense of community develops. The markets also bring us closer to our food and the people who grow it. It’s hard to take strawberries for granted when you talk to the person who grew and probably picked them and learn what type of berry this is and why it grows so well here.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia does not have any formal Farmers’ Markets. You’ll have to keep an eye out for those roadside stands. You’ll also find local produce in some local shops. Two Sisters, 15516 Langford Hwy, Eastville (southbound on Rt. 13) carries a fair amount of local produce in their coffeeshop/bakery. 757-678-7755.

Mattawoman Creek Farms, Eastville, is a certified organic farm which occasionally sells direct from the farm between May-Oct. You can sign up for their e-mail notification at their website. 757-678-5731. www.mattawomancreekfarms.com

If you’ve ever considered trying the whole ‘locovore’ thing, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a good place to live. Between the crabs, rockfish, and other fish and deer and waterfowl if you aren’t opposed to hunting, you’ve got the protein angle covered. Add in the Farmers’ Markets and Community Sustained Agriculture outfits, and you never need to visit the produce aisle in the grocery store during the summer. Longer if you learn the basics of freezing and canning.

Here are a list of Farmers’ Markets in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore:

Bethany Beach Farmers' Market, PNC Bank (parking lot) @ Garfield Prkwy & PA Ave.
Bethany Beach, Sundays 8 a.m.-Noon, End of June-Beginning of Sept. 302-537-5243. www.bbfm.us
Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market, Coastal Hwy & E. Essex St. (Vacant Lot)
Fenwick Island, Mondays 8 a.m. –Noon, End of June-End of August. 302-436-5589.  

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market, TWO LOCATIONS
#1: Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon, End of May-mid-October
#2: Richard A. Shields Elementary School (parking lot), 910 Shields Avenue, Lewes, June 27, July 11, August 1, October 3

Downtown Milford Farmers' Market, North Walnut Street at Riverwalk Park, Milford. Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Mid-April – end of October. 302-839-1180. www.dowtownmilford.org

Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market, Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach, Tuesdays, Noon-4 p.m. Early May- mid-October 302-249-7878. http://rbfarmersmarket.com

Seaford Farmers’ & Artisans Market, Kiwanis Park, Route 20, Seaford. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. –Noon. Mid-June – late September. 302-629-3949.  
Denton St. Luke's Farmers' Market
St. Luke's United Methodist Church (Franklin St. & 5th Ave.)
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. June 2- October 6
Contact: Church Office 410-479-2171
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
Denton's Main St. Farmers' Market
Courthouse Green
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 20 - September 30
Contact: Ann Jacobs 410-479-4315
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Cambridge Main Street Farmers' Market
City of Cambridge parking lot: Academy and Muir Streets
Thursday: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 7 - October 15
Contact: Beth Lynch 410-228-7134
Chestertown Farmers' Market
Park Row at the Fountain Park
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to Noon April 4 - December 19
Contact: Owen McCoy 410-639-7217
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
Centreville Farmers' Market
Millstream Park
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May 2 - October 31
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May 6 - October 28
Contact Doris Greiner 410-364-5689
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Shore Fresh Princess Anne Farmers' Market
Manokin River Park near Somerset and Broad Streets
Thursday: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. June 4 - October 1
Contact: Scott Smith 410-957-4548
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Easton Farmers' Market
Town Parking lot off Harrison Street
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. April 18 - December 19
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. June 24 - September 23
Contact: Carolyn Jaffe 410-820-8822
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
St. Michaels "FRESHFARM" Market
Muskrat Park on the St. Michaels Harbor: Corner of Willow St. & Green St.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. April 18 - October 31
Contact: Janna Howley 202-362-8889
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
Shore Fresh Salisbury Farmers' Market
Parking lot on E. Market Street on Wicomico River (Across from Ramada on Route 13)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. May 2 - November 28
Contact: Scott Smith 410-957-4548
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Asbury Church Farmers’ Market
Parking lot of the Asbury Methodist Church, Camden Ave., Salisbury. Tuesdays 4 p.m. -6 p.m. This is the pick-up for the local CSA, but a few other farmers set up stands as well.

Berlin Farmers' Market
N. Main St. - Downtown Historic Berlin
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 1 - November 27
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 8- September 12
Contact: Carol Kenney 410-641-4775
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
Ocean City Farmers' Market
Phillips Restaurant Parking Lot, 142nd St. & Coastal Hwy.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May 3 - October 11
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 30 - September 8
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 4 - September 10
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. May 23 - October 11
Contact: Paul Wood 410-860-2607
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted
Snow Hill Farmers' Market
Municipal Parking Lot, East Green St.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 5 - September 29
Contact: Ann Gibb 410-632-2080

CSAs operates largely on a ‘share/subscription’ system. People pay in advance for a summer’s worth of produce. They often have a say in what crops are grown. Putting the money up front gives the farmer some operating capital and assures him that there will be enough profit to cover expenses and stay relatively solvent. Some CSAs work with just one farm; with others, several farms work together to provide a wider range of crops and to cover each other if something doesn’t work out at one place. In addition to crops, many of the farms are now starting to raise livestock: chickens, turkey, pigs, and beef. Not to mention those that are making cheeses and selling eggs from free-range hens.

For some farms, the weekly share is all that they grow. Others sell their excess at Farmers’ Markets or at stands at their farm. A few maintain an e-mail list to notify non-members when there’s a surplus of something and how they can buy it.

CSAs are important. It matters to the local economy, by helping farmers stay solvent and avoid the temptation to sell out to developers. It matters to the environment, by not expending the energy and resources required to ship a tomato from California or a watermelon from Florida. Most CSA farms operate with organic methods, which means toxins stay out of our food and out of the soil.

Here is a list of CSA in Delaware and Maryland

Sharon’s Natural Gardens, Delmar. Operated more as an educational venue than a for-profit farm, Sharon is a wealth of knowledge for people wanting to learn more about where their food comes from as well as those thinking about trying to grow their own. 302-846-2571. http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M6681

Woodland Harvest Farm, Seaford. Offering a huge selection of produce, flowers, and herbs for members. They sell their surplus at the Seaford Farmers’ Market. 302-629-2686. http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M25275

Community Organics, Greenwood. The only CSA that operates year-round, thanks to a greenhouse. There are several share plans available for members; full-year and a variety of partial options. They also participate in Farmers’ Markets in Delaware. Sign up for their newsletter and Tim Bell lets non-members know what excess he has available for purchase at his farm. 302-349-5834. www.communityorganics.org


Queen Anne’s County
Homestead Farms, Centreville Offering an incredible selection of veggies and herbs. They provide much of the produce for Out of the Fire Restaurant in Easton. The 2009 shares are sold out. Contact them about 2010. 410-490-7038. www.freshorganicvegetables.com

Somerset County
The Hideaway, Marion Station. Rt. 413, Marion Station (1/2 mile north of the firehouse). A small start-up growing a variety of produce and fruit without chemicals for CSA members and customers at their roadside stand. 410-623-2374.

Wicomico County
Provident Organic Farm, Bivalve. Provident is the anchor for this CSA. Several local organic farms work together to provide produce and poultry for members. That allows the farms to experiment and to spread the risks. They run a small farmers’ market at Asbury Church on Camden Ave. in Salisbury on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. They are also at other farmers’ markets throughout the summer. There may still be some shares available for 2009. 410-873-2942
Three Maples Farm, Hebron. These folks may be regulars at the Salisbury and Easton Farmers’ Markets. 410-546-3853.


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