Fresh from the farm

Farmers market season offers a plethora of local produce

Farmers market season offers a plethora of local produce

May 13, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Farmers market season is upon us, meaning fresh locally grown produce such as salad mixes and, soon, much more.

Several local farmers markets also feature other items, edible and otherwise. Local cheeses and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat can be found at some markets.

Here's just a sampling of some of the farmers markets in the Tri-State area:

Washington County

Hagerstown City Farmers Market

Where: 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown

Open: Indoor market open year-round. 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Features: About 30 to 35 vendors. Wares include produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, goat cheese, organic milks and cheeses, fresh eggs, beef, pork, crafts, functional and decorative art. Two dine-in eateries including breakfast menu and hot sandwiches.

Contact: Gaela Shoop, city market manager, at 240-675-0339 or 301-739-8393.

Washington County Farmers Market

Where: Elks Lodge No. 378 off Mount Aetna Road east of Hagerstow

Open: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 20 to Oct. 28


Features: Produce, goat meat, goat cheese, baked goods, flowers and herbs. Also, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, veal and chicken, quail and duck eggs that are free of hormones and antibiotics.

Contact: Leslie Hendrickson-Hart, agriculture marketing specialist for Washington County, 301-791-1504, ext. 21

Washington County Farmers Market

Where: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown

Open: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 2 to Oct. 31

Features: Produce and honey. Also, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, veal and chicken, quail and duck eggs that are free of hormones and antibiotics.

Contact: Hendrickson-Hart at 301-791-1504, ext. 21

Franklin County, Pa.

North Square Farmers Market

Where: North Main Street between Wogan's uniform shop and BI Design/Lighten Up Chambersburg in Chambersburg, Pa.

Open: Saturdays, May 23 to Oct. 17. 8 a.m. to noon.

Features: Produce, homemade baked goods, jerk chicken, flowers and herbs, freshly squeezed lemonade, Rita's Italian Ice, eggs and handmade crafts.

Contact: Go to or e-mail Karen Latsbaugh, market coordinator, at

Penn National Farmers Market

Where: Orchard Drive off Pa. 997 at Penn National Golf Center parking lot, Fayetteville, Pa.

Open: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 28 to Sept. 24

Features: About 14 vendors. Produce, free-range and hormone-free beef and duck, cheese, pottery, flowers, soaps and oils, barbecue sauce, Antietam Dairy's ice cream, breads, art and art demos, and 2 p.m. demos by guest chefs.

Contact: 717-352-3046

Berkeley County, W.Va.

The Shops at Inwood Farmers Market

Where: Indoor market at 178 Pilgrim St., Inwood, W.Va.

Open: Year-round. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 1 to May 31. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, June 1 to Oct. 31.

Features: Jams, jellies, salsas, produce, bison and local frozen corn-fed beef, and wine from 15 W.Va. wineries,

Contact: Manager Faye Roberts at 304-229-5011

Jefferson County, W.Va.

Shepherdstown Farmers Market

Where: BB&T on W.Va. 45 across from Sheetz, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Open: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 4 to Sept. 20

Features: Two to four vendors, including sustainably raised produce and hormones and antibiotic-free meat and eggs

Contact: Bill Grantham at 304-279-6833

Shepherdstown Farmers Market

Where: Outdoor market at Washington and King streets, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Across from post office.

Open: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays year-round

Features: One to four vendors, including sustainable produce and meat

Contact: Grantham at 304-279-6833

Shepherdstown Farmers Market

Where: In the 100 block of South King Street, behind Shepherdstown Library, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Open: Sundays from April 5 to Dec. 20

Features: 16 to 18 vendors including meats and eggs, baked goods, sustainablly raised produce, flowers, bedding plants, salsa, jams, jellies and vinegars.

Contact: Grantham at 304-279-6833

Jefferson Farm Market

Where: Outdoor market next to Old Charles Town Library in the 100 block of North Samuel Street, Charles Town, W.Va.

Open: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through mid-October

Features: Produce, grass-fed beef, spice and herb mixes, salsas, breads, eggs, lamb, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef and pork, soups, Black Dog Coffee, cookies, scones, dog treats

Contact: Kellie Boles at 304-728-3051, ext. 239, or go to

Jefferson Farm Market at Bardane

Where: Corner of Old W.Va. 9 and Wiltshire Road, in Bardane, W.Va. Formerly the Bardane Country Market.

Open: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 14 and running yearround

Features: Ten vendors. Includes produce, bedding plants, cookies and soups.

Contact: Kellie Boles at 304-728-3051, ext. 239.

Morgan County, W.Va.

Berkeley Springs Farmers Market

Where: U.S. 522 and Fairfax Street in downtown Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Open: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 25. 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays from June 25 to Oct. 8.

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