Catonsville Farmers Market
This year I feel like the Catonsville Farmers' Market has really come into its own and for me is pretty much the perfect community farmers' market. It's on Wednesdays. If you go, try to be there by 9:45 and scope out the really good stuff. By about 9:57 it's okay if you grab what it is you want to buy. At 10, the bell rings and it's off to the races. Some items go extremely quick -- e.g., squash blossoms were already gone by 10:01. My prize last week was orange cauliflower, of which there were only two heads. Maybe I just don't pay as much attention at the JFX market, but I feel like there is some different variety here you won't find at JFX. I've attached a picture and starting at the bottom left of the picture and going clockwise, here is what I remember from last week:
Atwater's -- Love the baker who swears by her almond cookies with jam center. "Best $4 you will ever spend." And if you don't believe her, "You are missing out." Too funny. Picked up a very decadent chocolate brownie from them last week. Next stand over has "Cool Breeze" (kirby-size) and "Burpless" (seedless) cukes. The skin on the cool breeze variety sort of pricks you at first, but after you wash it, the skin become a bit softer. Thought I'd describe it in case it has some other names. My favorite cucumber this year so far. Continuing through the next two or three stands clockwise you will find gooseberries, music pink medium hot garlic, cranberry red potatoes, butte potatoes, french beans, orange and purple cauliflower, candy onions, corn, and then there's Keyes Creamery with their own cheese and ice cream. Two stands over is the busiest produce stand (I think it's Brad's Produce.) They have the longest line there and I haven't yet figured out why. Then there's maple syrup from Pennsylvania. Tastes different than the Vermont variety. They make candies and BBQ sauce out of it, too. The organic stand next to that had squash blossoms, garlic of 3 varieties (elephant/german white/polish white), carrots, and heirloom tomatoes. Neopol is next to that and I believe the next stand after Neopol had black raspberries.
Check it out if you're in the area: http://www.catonsville.org/events/far...