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Any feedback for the JFX Farmer's Market (Baltimore)?

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PurpleCherokee May 4, 2013 03:37 PM

Before I get up at 7 on a Sunday morning to go check out the farmer's market, I wanted to see if anyone could provide feedback regarding what the offerings would be this early in the season. Thanks!

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    Ellen RE: PurpleCherokee May 6, 2013 06:36 AM

    Strawberries, morels, Spinach, arugula, kale, spring onions, radishes, bedding plants, fresh herbs, asparagus, pea shoots, new potatoes. I made an asparagus and morel soup last night, had strawberries and fresh granola for breakfast, and will make a strawberry, arugula and feta salad today and roast some asparagus and new potatoes. And keep in mind that the milk and fresh cheeses at the market will reflect the lush green pastures on which the cows and goats are raised. Ah spring.

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      fldhkybnva RE: Ellen May 7, 2013 04:06 PM

      Do you remember what the asparagus has been running per lb? I love asparagus and have been looking around at markets to find some that isn't an arm and a leg even though it's now in season so the prices should be coming down?

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        bmorecupcake RE: fldhkybnva May 8, 2013 02:26 PM

        Asparagus is usually sold at the market per bunch, not per lb.

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          guenevere51 RE: bmorecupcake May 8, 2013 02:42 PM

          Would like to know about asparagus price as well, bunch or otherwise. Also - are they super thick, like a man's thumb or more? I prefer thin asparagus but I remember it being difficult to come by at the market in years past.

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            fldhkybnva RE: guenevere51 May 8, 2013 03:00 PM

            Indeed, especially in spring with the onset of asparagus season I can only find thick as a man's thumb asparagus which I am not a fan of.

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              bmorecupcake RE: guenevere51 May 9, 2013 10:07 AM

              At my local Catonsville market yesterday I bought a bunch of asparagus (I count 12 spears) for $3. There should be vendors at the JFX market selling at the same price. At JFX, the thin asparagus goes very quick. Even at my local market, I had to arrive early to get the thinner asparagus. There was plenty of thick, woody asparagus left over.

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                guenevere51 RE: bmorecupcake May 9, 2013 01:54 PM

                Yikes, that's pricey. You'd think that local, in-season produce would be more reasonable. This is sadly why I'm not shopping farmers markets as much as I used to.

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                  Roland Parker RE: guenevere51 May 10, 2013 06:11 AM

                  It's been six years since I last went to the farmers' markets in Baltimore as we moved overseas - to a hot, dry and dusty country where almost everything is imported. So I sadly miss the markets for their great produce and prices.

                  My mother faithfully goes to the Waverly market every Saturdays and she has commented that in the last year or so the prices have gone up enough that in some cases they're even more expensive than comparable produce at Whole Foods. She still loves the atmosphere (she goes early) and has a number of vendors that she's been supporting for years and their produce is still high quality, so she's happy enough. But you're right, the markets aren't the bargains they once were.

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                    bmorecupcake RE: Roland Parker May 10, 2013 03:19 PM

                    I was at the Whole Foods in Harbor East today. A bunch of asparagus twice the size of my market purchase (of $3) was approximately $4. I definitely understand where folks are coming from. I try and purchase from unofficial "organic" (pesticide-free) vendors and that makes me feel a bit better about the price. I do feel different produce is better some years than others. Last year and this year I've been disappointed with asparagus, but I've been very happy with rhubarb.

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                      fldhkybnva RE: bmorecupcake May 10, 2013 04:28 PM

                      We must have passed each other, I also found a good deal and perfect-sized asparagus for me.

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              zebcook RE: bmorecupcake May 11, 2013 01:18 PM

              At the Waverly Mkt today -- many of the same vendors as JFX -- and picked up asparagus $6 for 2 lbs. from the pea man.

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                bmorecupcake RE: zebcook May 11, 2013 05:32 PM

                Was it thin asparagus?

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                  jfish RE: bmorecupcake May 13, 2013 05:56 AM

                  Mixed diameters Saturday at Waverly. The thick was really quite good and not woody. I don't get the preference for thin.

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          dzoey RE: PurpleCherokee May 6, 2013 09:44 PM

          The prepared and canned food stands are there as always and just as good as always. Of the fresh veggie vendors, leafy greens are available - lots of lettuce and spinach. Some strawberry's (from Richmond farms), some potatoes and apples . Lots of herbs and plants to start your garden for the season. The meat and fish sellers are there. The pickle guy is back, the lines are long, and its still impossible to snag Trinidad Scorpion after 10.

          The weather the past couple of weeks has been gorgeous causing the market to be very, very crowded. You are right to get up early.

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            PurpleCherokee RE: PurpleCherokee May 7, 2013 12:47 PM

            Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm a fool for asparagus, pea shoots, and strawberries so it sounds perfect!

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