October 4th, 2016

Hyattsville Farmers Market

by Yael Ben-Chaim

Market: Hyattsville Farmers Market

Where: Redeemer Lutheran Church Parking Lot 3799 East Highway, at the corner of East West Highway and Queens Chapel Road.

When: Tuesdays, 3:00-7:00pm.

Visit Date: Tuesday, September 20th

The Hyattsvillle Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. This vibrant market has vendors selling all odds and ends to fill up your pantry! From your traditional fall-apple, to homemade greeting cards and superfood blends, Hyattsville has something for everyone’s fancy.

The Hyattsville farmer vendors, were passionate about their produce. Knopp Farms, offered two for $5, mix and match, boxes of apples, potatoes, and onions.  Apple Orchards sold gourds and pumpkins, the perfect welcome to fall and ending to a successful farmers market season in Hyattsville.

Although Hyattsville does not currently distribute Maryland Market Money, they have developed their own take on a matching program. On market days, any customer can take a farmers market tour with the market manager. This interactive tour offers information on what the vendors are selling, and and a brief nutrition lesson on the products.  At the end of the tour, each participants receives a farmers market bag, a Share our Strengths Cooking Matters booklet, and a ten dollar voucher to spend at the market. This voucher can be used to purchase anything at the market. Tour participants were excited to learn the protein contents of an egg, as well as the powerful benefits that cabbage and turmeric create in the human body. We learned that the combination of cabbage and turmeric acts as a cancer preventative in the body. At the end of the tour, people were excited to purchase cabbage and to further find turmeric root at global market.

This season, the Hyattsville Farmers Market has created a partnership, with the Lutheran Church parishioners. In exchange for their parking lot space, the Hyattsville Farmers Market has offered farmers market coupons for their parishioners to use at the market. Additionally, parishioners have donated their own time to work at the market and interact with customers.  All parties at the market were excited to shop and engage in conversation with one another and the vendors.

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.