Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I was supporting local before I was even old enough to realize it. You see, when you grow up only minutes from roadside stands run by local farmers and their young children (many of them Amish and Mennonite), it’s hard to imagine any other way of life. What do you mean you buy your sweet corn from the grocery store? And you’ve never picked your own strawberries?
My parents + grandparents instilled a love for all things local in me and taught me to appreciate the ‘local’ accessibility my hometown offered. As I grew up, and started venturing to new cities (college, moving to Baltimore), I quickly learned that not everyone grew up with that same appreciation and/or luxury. I was removed from this lifestyle in college, but when I moved to Baltimore, I was ecstatic to see Charm City’s active push to make local more accessible to urban areas.
Perfect example: Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
When I first moved to Baltimore in 2015, I made it a point to go to the Farmers’ Market (under the JFX) every weekend that I was in town. I didn’t have a ton of friends and/or connections at the time, so the Market was my happy place. It was a space where I felt comfortable, a time for social interaction, a place that reminded me of hometown in the new town I now called home.
I quickly became familiar with the vendors and developed my own Sunday routine, a routine I maintain every morning I spend at the market. Recently, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) gave me a chance to share my #StylishlyTaylored Sunday at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar on their Instagram, showcasing all of my favorite local vendors at the Market!
To say I was excited was a severe understatement. I’m sure BOPA was aware of how much I enjoy spending time at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar (because of my excessive pictures + tagging) but I would be willing to bet they are unaware of how integral the Market was to my adjustment to Charm City, how large a part it has played in my Baltimore story.
If you didn’t get the chance to tune in on that Sunday morning, here’s a recap of what you missed:
STOP 1: Coffee.
My first stop every Sunday morning: Dooby’s stand for a large cold brew.
Stop 2: FOOD.
I got to the market early enough that there was only a short line (~8 people) for Blacksauce Kitchen — I took it as a sign to pick up one of their delicious biscuit sandwiches (this one is pulled chicken with pickled cabbage and apples!)
Stop 3: Local Produce.
The Farmers’ Market is the best spot for local produce — some of my favorite things to pick up are peaches, berries, and French Sorrel (when they’re in season!)
Stop 4: Flowers.
The Market always has a lot of options for flowers, succulents, herbs, etc. Some of my prettiest purchases have been the blooms from Two Boots Farms, pictured in the top right hand panel! I opted to pick up some sunflowers from Richfield Farm during my takeover visit to the Market!
Stop 5: HEX Ferments.
HEX Ferments is a local, Maryland-based brand harnessing the benefits of fermentation to transform “local, organic produce into nourishing foods”, offering customers sauerkraut, kimchi, and my personal favorite, kombucha! Their Butterfly Lime kombucha is unreal — and I highly suggest picking up a bottle if this bubbly, priobiotic tea is your thing. It’s also available at local Baltimore groceries stores (like Eddie’s in Mt. Vernon!)
Thank you Baltimore Promotion and Arts for giving me the chance to takeover! I’m looking forward to many more Sunday mornings at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar — if you ever spot me wandering around the Market on a Sunday morning, don’t be afraid to say hi!
We did a little photoshoot at the Market as well! Photos courtesy of Jon Marccam – check his INSTAGRAM and VSCO.
If you’re in Baltimore, do you frequent the Market? What’s your Sunday morning routine? If you’re not in Charm City, what’s a favorite stand at your local farmers’ market?? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, share pictures from your Sunday morning market routine with me on Instagram by tagging @stylishlytaylored! I’d love to see the best of ‘local’ through your eyes!
Until next time, keep it local.