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Apr 2, 2012 09:56 AM

JFX 2012

Has the JFX farmers market in Baltimore begun yet? Anything new and interesting (or old and gone?)...

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  1. Wow, it starts earlier every year. I assumed it wouldn't open until late April, but a quick googling shows it started yesterday (April 1).

    1. I'm happy you started this board. I've made a commitment to myself to go every week and not miss out like I did last year.

      1. The web site says that there's parking available - how early should I get there to get a spot?

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        1. re: elhuevogrande

          You are most correct, there is free parking available at the corner of Pleasant and Guilford. Just like the website reads, it's the lot adjacent to the "bazaar" lot (the smaller part of the farmers' market next to the hula hoops.) We parked there yesterday and there were quite a few spots empty, but keep in mind it was cold and raining. I can envisage the lot at capacity during better weather.

        2. This morning's take was pretty slim. Despite our somewhat early spring, not much in the way of produce was available. Salsa guy has gone back to the original recipe for the black bean and roasted corn salsa, which is great news -- I picked up a container of it and the tomato based garden salsa. Got some chicken thighs from KCC and some pork chops from Truck Patch. I also got morels and ramps from mushroom lady at an exorbitant price, but hey it's once a year.

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          1. re: JonParker

            Calvert Farm (the organic vendor next to The Breadery) had ramps yesterday. $20/lb, but well worth it, especially considering my recent, shall we say, mis-foraging incident. Word of caution, if you want to forage for ramps, make sure you've actually seen and held ramps first.

            1. re: bmorecupcake

              The mushroom folks have them today, although you have to buy mushrooms to get the. No fiddleheads.

              1. re: kukubura

                Calvert Farms had them again today, but they were all sold out by the time we arrived at 11. This was the last week they would have them. As an aside, I can't believe that not only is the mushroom lady allowed to monopolize the mushroom market, but also she can force bundling of ramps with mushrooms. Reminds me of litigation against Microsoft back 10 years ago. ;)

                I really hope commercial foraging doesn't hurt the ramp tradition.

          2. Thank goodness the salsa guy went back to the original recipe!

            As far as I know, there's only street parking and there's a $5 parking garage there, too. We've been the past two weeks and there really isn't that much going on. Shelly's dessert stand attached to the lake trout stand is now "official". There's a new knife sharpening guy there I want to try out, but he's quite expensive. Ever since Monaldi ruined the shape of all my knives, I've been very reluctant to try other knife sharpeners.

            I find it interesting that the signs now read JFX Farmers' Market and Bazaar. Pretty soon it'll be JFX Bazaar and Farmers' Market....

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            1. re: bmorecupcake

              Its easy to park on calveert street

              1. re: bmorecupcake

                JFX Hulu Hoop Extravaganza (and Market)