The Farmers' Market is a place to shop, and be sseen shopping

The Farmers' Market is a place to shop, and be sseen shopping (Baltimore Sun photo/Amy Davis / October 9, 2011)

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar begins its 35th season April 1. This is the second year the popular market is starting so early. Until 2003, when it was moved up to the first week in May, the opening came in early June.

Last year, skeptics wondered if the crowds would come to the market before the spring bounty started showing up in stalls. Although there was a drop-off after the first week, sharp shoppers began noticing what was at the market rather than what wasn’t.

There are, of course, vendors selling things like breads, pastries, sauces and meats that don’t depend on the season. There are also the popular vendors of coffee, omelets, crepes, pit beef and Indian, Thai and Cajun foods that market-goers haven’t seen since last December.

April at the market is also a profusion of early greens, plants and herbs. Master gardeners of the University of Maryland Extension will be at the market to give advice on planting and growing herbs

The early weeks are also a great time to get to know your vendors. If you see only one stall selling asparagus, it might be because that asparagus has been trucked up from the South. That’s a farmers’ market no-no, but vendors get away with it.

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market is located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets under the Jones Falls Expressway. The market runs from April 1 through Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. until things sell out, usually about noon. For more information, go to

It looks like all of the old favorites are back for 2012. Here's a list of vendors for the 35th season.

Farmers (by county)

Anne Arundel County

Knopps' Farm, John's Local Sweet Corn & Produce, Mother Earth

Baltimore City

A & R Seafood, Sanders Crabs

Baltimore County

Albright Farms Produce, Bartenfelder Farm, Breidenbaugh Farms, Hills Forest Fruit Farm, Gunpowder Bison & Trading, Marshall's Farm, Martin Farms, Pahl's Farm, Stoecker Farms, George Zahradka Farm

Caroline County

McCarthy Farm

Carroll County

Doran's Chance Farm, Tomatoes Etc. Produce Farm, The Hen's Nest, Truck Patch Farm, Lindemann's Apiary, Cats Paw Organic Farm, Gardner's Gourmet, Richfield Farm,

Cecil County