April 6, 2018

{Baltimore Bred} Top Vendors to Check Out at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar

This weekend is exciting because it looks like snow is no longer in the forecast for Baltimore (YAY!) and it's the first Sunday of the season for the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar underneath I-83 (Jones Falls Expressway). It's also the perfect event to highlight in Charm City!

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The market runs every Sunday from 7 AM -noon from April 8th through December 23,2018 (more information on the Facebook page). This is one of the biggest farmers' markets in the city with everything from local produce, fresh eats, and artisan goods. It's something I love going to after a run to grab a bite to eat or spend the morning shopping and eating with my boyfriend especially in the summer months. 

Lots of amazing local products and food vendors are sold there which makes it sometimes more fun for me to just grab breakfast and browse the market leisurely. I'm going to share with you my top vendors and goods to check out at the farmers' market this year. 

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1. Farm to Face falafel wraps
This list is not in order, but if it was this would still take the top spot. These stand has the most delicious made-to-order falafel wraps with the option to have it with a lavash bread or collard greens wrap. 

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2. Seasonal produce and plants
I love coming to the farmers' market throughout the year as different produce and plants come into season. The flowers are always beautiful in the spring and sunflowers start appearing later in the summer and the early fall. I also snagged a bunch of herb plants last spring to plant in pots on my balcony. 

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3. Michele's Granola
This local small-batch granola can be found in grocery stores and markets around the area, but I always love buying from the source as well as having the option to buy granola in bulk and try out the new seasonal flavors. 

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4. Migue's Mini Donuts
The perfect pairing to a cup of coffee, these mini donuts are fried on site. You can top yourself with powdered sugar and the option of other toppings such as chocolate syrup. A small bag of 6 mini donuts for $3 is a steal for a sweet Sunday treat. 

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{Photo from Migue's Minis Facebook page}
5. Zeke's or Dooby's coffee
Every Sunday at the market you will see a long line for Zeke's Coffee-a Baltimore-area favorite. I usually have little patience when it comes to waiting for coffee so I often head over to the Dooby's stand and grab a cold brew coffee and maybe a breakfast sandwich. Both will get you a delicious caffeine fix to fuel your shopping. 

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6. Bags of kale
I know this is an odd choice,but if you use kale and don't mind taking the time to clean it all, you can get a plastic bag stuffed full of kale from multiple local farms for $2 or $3. Some of the other greens can be more pricey compared to grocery stores, but the kale is super affordable.

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7. Gogo's Fashion Truck 
Gogo's is a busload (literally) of fun thrifted and vintage clothes, jewelry, and accessories. I love browsing and seeing what unique finds are for sale. 

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8. Ekiben 
Ekiben has a storefront in Fells Point but brings their no-frills steamed buns and other Asian fusion items to the Farmers Market. 

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Also, I'm super excited for some of the new vendors to the market in 2018 including my favorites Gundalow Juice and Bottoms Up Bagels. 

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Hope to see you at the market! 

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Do you have a favorite local farmers' market? What is your favorite food to purchase there? 

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