CSA and Farmers' Markets
Goucher Community Supported Agriculture
Since 2010, Goucher College has served as a drop-off site for One Straw Farm Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce and for Sunnyside Farm CSA chicken and eggs. CSA participants provide funding for the farmer in advance of the growing season in exchange for produce when it is ready.
One Straw Farm CSA
One Straw Farm is the largest certified organic vegetable farm in Maryland. Participants in this CSA sign up and then receive items each week for 25 weeks. The season begins June 4, and runs through November 19. Items vary according to the season. Go to One Straw Farm’s Website at www.onestrawfarm.com to view a harvest chart listing seasonal availability and approximate quantity. Full shares are $545 if paid by March 1 ($600 after March 1). Half-shares cost half of these prices. The pick-up site at Goucher is the Alumnae/i House front porch on Tuesdays between noon and 3 p.m. Ten full shares are needed to bring this program to Goucher.
Sunnyside Farm Chicken/Egg CSA
The Sunnyside Farm CSA offers chicken and eggs from their farm located between York and Harrisburg in southern Pennsylvania. Participants can buy a full share or a half share of either or both the chicken and eggs. A full share picks up weekly, and a half-share picks up every other week. A whole chicken, guaranteed weekly, averaging four pounds, is $375 for the 26-week season and $187.50 for a half-share. The eggs, for 26 weeks, are $130 for a full share and $65 for a half-share. Ten full or half-shares are needed to bring this program to Goucher. The chickens are raised in pens with open bottoms, closed sides and roof, are moved every day to fresh grass, and are fed GMO-free feed.
To find out more, including how to sign up for either program or about splitting shares, e-mail Linda Barone at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up to participate in either program is Friday, March 1.
Annual Towson Farmers Market
The Towson Farmers Market runs every Thursday from June 9 through November 17. The market is open from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Allegheny Avenue between Washington Avenue and York Road. The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and shrubs, breads and pastries, coffee, Baltimore County wines, soaps, clothing and accessories, kettle corn, roasted nuts, and organic cheeses and meats. For more information, visit www.towsonchamber.com.
32nd Street Farmers’ Market
The 32nd Street Farmers’ Market is located in Baltimore City at the parking lot at the intersection of East 32nd and Barclay streets. The market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. year round. The market is a nonprofit organization offering baked goods, produce, prepared foods, flowers, and other items. The market now offers a debit card ATM (for a small fee) and accepts Independence cards for those in the SNAP program. For more details about the market, visit www.32ndstreetmarket.org.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar
The Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar is open every Sunday from April 1 through December 23. It runs from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets. Free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to the market at the corner of Guilford Avenue and Pleasant Street. The market is Maryland’s largest producers-only market offering a wide array of produce, meat, dairy, and organic products. The market also boasts a variety of food vendors selling multicultural cuisine. The bazaar offers unique crafts and collectibles ranging from jewelry and handbags to rugs and pottery. For more information, click here.
Fells Point Farmers’ Market
The market runs every Saturday May 12 through November 12. The market will open at 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the foot of Broadway Square between South Broadway and Thames streets. It features fresh local produce, fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, honey, herbs, and baked goods. For more information, visit www.fellspointfarmersmarket.com.