Long before cafeteria-style food markets became a trending culinary trend across the country, Baltimore's historic public markets have been providing locals with delicious seafood, sandwiches and candies. The Broadway Market in Fell's Point and Hollins Market in Pigtown are two of the oldest continuously operating public market systems in the United States. But did you know that Baltimore also has a thriving agricultural scene? With more than 20 urban farms and 100 community gardens, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the city's agricultural roots. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best public markets and community gardens in Baltimore County neighborhoods.
The Broadway Market, one of the first public markets in Baltimore, was established in 1786 in the historic Fell's Point district. Today, it is a vibrant mix of old world vendors, such as Sophie's Place European Deli and Salt's Seafood, and new culinary concepts, such as the Fat Tiger Korean bar, open all day. The South Shed features Choptank, a popular destination for steamed crabs, fresh seafood and outdoor beverages. Fenwick Choice Meats and Steve's Lunch are long-time favorites at Cross Street Market. Hollins Market is located in the Pigtown neighborhood (also called Washington Village).
It is the oldest public market building still operating in the city of Baltimore. During the Civil War, it served as a supply store for soldiers. The two-story, 17,128 square foot market includes culinary offerings from companies such as Eddie's Lunch (try fish sandwiches or BLT), Jack's Poultry for everything you need chicken (raw) and fruits and vegetables from L&R Produce. Try Pinch meatballs at Mount Vernon Marketplace.
Enjoy a wide variety of delicious dishes at R. House, from smoothie bowls to hamburgers. Belvedere Square is located in North Baltimore, on the corner of York Road and Northern Parkway. This sprawling 110,000-foot mall offers everything from vintage wines to yoga classes in boutiques to freshly cooked ramen. Buy gourmet and locally sourced products at the market, or treat yourself to dishes from The Pizza Trust, Thai Landing, Koba Korean Barbecue and more.
From May to August, enjoy live music courtesy of Square's “Summer Sounds” series. Whitehall Market is located along the Jones Falls Canal in Hampden. This historic mill from 1798 has been transformed into an extensive food market and space for private events. Current suppliers include Wight Tea Co., plus t-shirts, hats and hoodies with the Visit Baltimore logo. Plus, get your hands on our unique posters. Agriculture can be found throughout Baltimore with more than 20 urban farms and 100 community gardens according to the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
Francis' Farm in the northwestern neighborhood is just one example of these urban farms that provide fresh produce to locals. Community gardens like Hampden Community Garden or Druid Hill Community Garden are also great places to explore Baltimore's agricultural roots. Whether you're looking for fresh produce or just want to explore a new part of town these community gardens are sure to provide an enjoyable experience for all ages. Baltimore County is home to some of Maryland's most vibrant public markets and community gardens. From historic markets like Broadway Market to modern markets like Belvedere Square there is something for everyone in this city.
Whether you're looking for fresh produce or just want to explore a new part of town these markets are sure to provide an enjoyable experience for all ages. So if you're looking for a unique way to explore Baltimore County neighborhoods be sure to check out these amazing public markets and community gardens!.