BEL AIR, MD — The Bel Air Farmers' Market is opening for the season Saturday, with new measures in place to ensure people keep their distance from one another. Some vendors are accepting prepayment to minimize the need for contact to avoid spreading the new coronavirus.
The market will use the entire parking lot outside the Harford County district courthouse off Bond Street.
No pets will be allowed. Shoppers must stay at least 6 feet apart. Vendors will bag items; shoppers should not touch products. "Shop with your eyes," experts advise.
Do not come with a group. One person per household should come. Bring cash and credit card. There will be no entertainment until further notice.
"The majority of our vendors are attending," the Bel Air Farmers' Market reports. "Plenty of meats, eggs, cheese, produce and more to take care of your family pantry and refrigerator/freezer!"
These are the vendors that will be there:
Andy's Eggs: Free-range brown eggs, chicken, turkey, dog cookies, perennials, herbs, cut flowers
AleCraft Brewery: Beer.
Belvedere Farm: People must have preordered/prepaid on the website. Flowers will be sold in bundles.
Brogue Hydroponics: Herbs, vegetables, perennials, fruits and annuals
Brooms Bloom: Pork, ice cream and cheese. Will accept Venmo.
Brooks Brand Salsa: Fresh garden and black bean salsa
Crooked Creek Farm: Pork, pork breakfast sandwiches, produce.
Deep Run Farms: Vegetables
Dough Run: Granola, gruffins
Essential Earle's LLC: Natural soaps, lip balm, hair care, oils.
Gardens of Joy: Cut flowers, hanging baskets, container gardens.
Granova Poultry: Natural/non-GMO chicken, six types of chicken sausage.
Hickory Chance Beef and Farm: Ground beef, beef sausage, beef jerky, roasts
Kirk's Farm: Vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, hanging baskets, plants.
Kollar Nursery: Orchids, tropical plants.
Love.Crust.Pizza: Pizza made with local ingredients in portable wood-burning oven. Will accept prepayment via Venmo or PayPal under the name LoveCrustPizza. Put your pizza choice and pickup name in the description area online. See the menu for the farmers market, where cash and credit cards will also be accepted.
Pairings Bistro: Breakfast delights.
Proedge Sharpening: Sharpening of knives, scissors and shears.
Sweet D's Spreads: Homemade jams and jellies.
Shepherds Manor Creamery: Sheep cheese products and soaps.
Woolly Hill Farm: Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, handmade wooden items.
Woolsey Farm: Locally raised lamb and beef.
YogaFresh: Juicing and smoothies on-site and soups.
According to the Bel Air Farmers' Market: "Here are the vendors NOT attending this Saturday: Dawg Gone Goodies, Brad's Farm Mkt, Wilson's Farm Mkt, The Breadery, Beichler's Beyond, Good Dog Farm, Bogarty Farms, Sweet Aire Farm, Brown Croft Farm, Earle's Essential Oils, Sosnowski Mushrooms, Bushel & Peck, Saltbox Kitchen, Master Gardeners, God Scent Herbs, Magness Oils, Bees by the Bay, Boordy Vineyards(vineyard rotation spot)."
The Bel Air Farmers' Market is at 2 South Bond Street in Bel Air. It runs from April through December. Hours are 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has encouraged farmers markets to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. It issued a statement "asking that farmers markets remain open during the current state of emergency," noting that farmers markets are deemed essential by the governor.
"Farmers markets play a critical role in providing fresh, nutritious and locally-produced food products to customers across the state — especially those Marylanders who live in food deserts and those who rely on SNAP benefits to access fresh produce," Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder said in a statement. "It is important that we keep that supply line open while making sure we implement the same preventative measures used in grocery stores and other essential retail businesses."