September 21st, 2016

An Owl, Free Trees and a Taste of the Rainbow: Druid Hill Farmers Market

by Yael Ben-Chaim

Market: Druid Hill Farmers Market

Where: Lawn of the Rawlings Conservatory in Historic Druid Hill Park (3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, MD. 21217)

When: Wednesdays 3:30-7:30pm

Next Wednesday, is the last day for the Druid Hill Farmers Market. Though deep into the market season, vendors and market visitors were still lively and ready for customers. The Maryland Zoo made a very special visit to the market, with their very own owl. Kids and parents were thrilled to learn from the zoo-keepers and to stare back at the owl.

Bikemore, a Baltimore City biking advocacy organization set up a photo-shoot, along with information about biking, and biking safety in the City. The backdrop of the photo-shoot was a map of the new and improved bike route, which attracted many bikers, and drew attention for people to get on the road with their bike.

A third vendor, from Tree Baltimore gave away free trees to Baltimore City residents with the attempt of greening the city and connecting people to their land and backyards. The vendor was extremely knowledge about soil conditions in Baltimore, as well as the best species of trees to grow in urban settings. He told us that Tree Baltimore has a goal of 40% tree canopy cover in Baltimore by 2037. This is a great goal, as trees provide homes for animals, clean the air and reduces the effects of global warming through carbon sequestration. Market customers were excited to pick up their trees along with their produce.

As per the first day of fall, apples, pumpkins, gourds, and peaches were sold at almost every farm stand. People munched their way through the market with a crisp apple in hand and smiles on their face. We were excited to learn and talk to customers about their favorite fruits and vegetables from the market. Some of the favorites were apples, kale and watermelon. The Druid Hill Farmers Market has come to an end for the season, but we look forward to seeing seeing everyone next year!

About the Author Yael Ben-Chaim

Yael is a food-lover, interested in local food systems and farmers markets. Follow Yael's blog posts on farmer market produce, recipes, and nutrition information. Yael is an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Maryland Farmers Market Association and is developing a seasonal food education program for MDFMA.