After a winter hiatus, the Fell’s Point Farmers’ Market will re-open on the Square on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 a.m., with local produce, meats, dairy products, and prepared gourmet foods.
This year’s inaugural market will kick off in conjunction with Fell’s Point Main Street’s Cinco de Fells event.
“We’ll have a beer garden open at 9 a.m,” said Merritt Dworkin, manager of the Fell’s Point Farmers’ Market. “There will be bloody marys for sale, made by one of our new vendors, Mix it Up Mixtures, which creates artisanal cocktail mixes.”
Several new regional farmers, food makers, and craftspeople will join the Fell’s Point market this year, Dworkin added, including Prigel Family Creamery, a well-known dairy based out of Glen Arm, Md..
“Prigel will carry organic white milk and organic chocolate milk, as well as ice cream,” she said.
A few changes are on tap for the farmers’ market for 2013.
One is more vendors offering customized foods that cater to each customer’s tastes and preferences.
“I believe that Prigel will launch a build-your-own yoghurt parfait bar,” Dworkin said. “And, along with Mix it Up, which sells several different kids of bloody mary mix, we’ll have a custom salsa vendor: I Got Salsa. They sell custom- blended salsas.”
A new vegan bakery, Sweet Dukes, will also be part of the mix.
“Fells Point immediately appealed to us because of its location and the diversity of the crowd,” said Sweet Dukes co-owner Matthew Shenko, who owns the bakery with his wife, Deva Holub.
Sweet Dukes is an organic, vegan bakery that produces small-batch confections one wouldn’t normally expect to find “veganized,” Shenko said.
“We go beyond ‘the vegan cupcake’ and take on classics like croissants, danishes, cinnamon buns, pies, macaroons, and more.”
In addition to the newcomers, Fell’s Point’s longtime farmers’ market vendors, many from the neighborhood, will be returning, according to Dworkin.
“The Baltimore Waffle Company will be back, as will Blue Hill Tavern to Go, and of course Peter’s Inn,” Dworkin said. “Peter’s will be returning with their huge BLTs, with tons of bacon. Not your average BLT.”
Now that the market has 40-plus vendors—a far cry from the 12 it started out with in 2011—Dworkin said she’s trying to shape the market into more of a Saturday destination with something to offer every visitor.
“We don’t want the market to be a place where you are in and out in 20 minutes,” she said.
To accomplish this goal, Dworkin has plans for new activities for kids and families.
“There’s a lot in the works right now for kids,” she said. “I want people to think of the Fell’s Point Farmers’ Market as a welcoming neighborhood hangout: like Fell’s Point’s outdoor community living room.”
by Danielle Sweeney