September 14, 2007

City Market

City Market, at 25 W. Church St. in Hagerstown, is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in Maryland.

The market began operating in 1793 under a building that housed city offices on the square. By the early 1800s, the market and city offices moved to larger quarters at the corner of Franklin and Potomac streets, the current City Hall site.

Old receipts show that the market remained open during the Civil War.

City Hall became cramped and, in 1928, City Market moved to West Church Street.

The market sells fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and sweets, candy, locally butchered meats and handcrafted items every Saturday except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

City Market has about 50 vendors who sell their goods from 5 a.m. to noon. Two cafs serve breakfasts, and lunch is available.


A separate Outdoor Market is held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays from May through October on the square. Outdoor Market sells food, baked goods, produce and plants.

For information about both markets, call 301-739-8577, ext. 190, or go to

Washington County Farmers Market

The Washington County Farmers Market, which opened in 1991, is at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown.

It offers meat and locally grown fruits and vegetables from about five vendors and delicacies from several bakers.

It runs from May through the end of October on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and June through Sept. 29 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information can be obtained by calling Pearl Martin at 301-733-4551 or Rich Calimer at 301-271-2149.

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