Welcome to the Hampstead Farmers' Market
The Hampstead Farmers' Market opened for the 2014 season on Saturday, June 7, 2014, for its 5th exciting season! Hours of operation are 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The Market is located at 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead, MD 20174, on the carnival grounds of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department.
Friends!! The Market's 2nd "Farm to Fork" Day will be held this Saturday, August 30! Once again this year, Mary Jo Rupp of Dean's Restaurant in Hampstead will be our guest chef. Come and watch as she shops at the Market and then prepares amazing dishes using veggies, fruit, baked goods and wine from our vendors.
Ms. Melanie Berdyck, a Dietitian from the Carroll Hospital Center, will be on hand to offer healthy eating tips.
Mr. Dan Ortel of SNAP Fitness in Hampstead will demonstrate how exercise and fitness can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.
Once again this year, the Community Media Center of Carroll County will videotape the day's activities to be aired on future "Serving Carroll" episodes (Comcast Cable channel 23).
New this year, the "Friends and Neighbors" van from CBS Radio in Baltimore will make a promotional stop at the Market.
Come by and join in the fun!
ALSO!! NEWS FLASH!! Come and welcome Katie Brower of Whispering Breeze Farm in Taneytown. Katie and her family operate a dairy farm and she will be selling raw and pasteurized cheeses and flavored cheese spreads! She offers a Chesapeake-Bay inspired cheese spread using Old Bay, which flys off her tables! We have cheese!!
LOCAL! SEASONAL! FRESH!
That is what the Hampstead Farmers' Market is -- Local! Seasonal! and Fresh!
But what does that mean? Well, at the Hampstead Farmers' Market, it means that if our local farmers do not grow it, you will not find it here. If it is not yet in season, you will not find it here. Several of our farmers are not even here yet because their crops are not ready. Remember how rainy it was in the Spring? Well, that affected the planting schedule for farmers.
Our local farmers are from Carroll County, Baltimore County and Lower Pennsylvania. When they have eggplant, tomatoes and corn, then YOU will have it. There's a "What's in Season" tab here on the website. Check it out!
Don't see what you want at the Market? Ask us!
We want to welcome the following new vendors who have committed to the entire 2014 Hampstead Farmers' Market season:
Connie and Rob Grill of Faithful Friends Farm on Black Rock Road will offer fresh eggs (from their 300 chickens!), broilers, and fresh garden herbs.
Larry and Caroline Foreman of Hampstead make beautifully scented soaps that are packaged ready for gift-giving!
Juliana Dixon of Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA, will offer produce, snowfruit, and value-added products from the farm.
Shirley Sill of Upperco hand makes fragrant soy candles and is eager to explain the benefits of soy candles to her customers.
Matthew and Lisa Myers of Maple Grove Road in Hampstead are the "berry" people this year! They will offer strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, and other produce from their farm.
Everblossom Farm from East Berlin, PA, is the Hampstead Market's first certified organic produce vendor. Come and welcome owner and farmer, Elaine Lemmon (and her lovely assistant, Kelly) to Hampstead!
And last, but not least, make sure you visit our new breakfast vendor, Ms. Kelly Carey, owner and operator of "Dewey's Dogs." Kelly will offer hotdogs, breakfast sausage, snacks and beverages.
Now, remember, friends, all of our vendors are not able to attend every Saturday, so if one of your favorites is missing any given morning, don't fret -- they'll be back!
Check our Facebook page (link at the right) for weekly Market pictures.
Vendors are still being sought for the 2014 Market. Check the "Become a Vendor" tab at the top of the page for an application form & guidelines. 2014 Vendor forms are available on-line now.