New Farmers Market Comes To Westfield Montgomery Mall

Opening in May, market will bring 40 vendors weekly


Shoppers at the Bethesda Central Farm Market


Another famers market is starting soon in Bethesda.

Central Farm Markets, which operates markets in downtown Bethesda and at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, is launching its next location at the corner of Westlake Terrace and Westlake Drive at Westfield Montgomery mall. The market will have its grand opening May 5, and operate every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Nov. 17.

Debra Moser, co-founder of Central Farm Markets, said Westfield approached the company about the concept, and both agreed that the mall would be a good location for another market because it already brings in traffic and serves as a community hub.

“One of their missions is to bring the community together,” Moser said of Westfield. “It fit our mission and it seemed like a nice location to open. They’re very excited, we’re very excited.”

The market will be similar to the seasonal Pike Central Farm Market and the year-round Bethesda Central Farm Market, with several of the same larger vendors in common. Moser said there will be a number of differences and variations at the Westfield Montgomery market, to give each market a “local flavor.”

The market will bring in about 40 vendors every Saturday for the spring, summer and early fall, featuring produce, cheese, baked goods, coffee, meat, barbecue and pickles. In addition to more than a dozen farms selling goods, there will be a fishmonger, a crab vendor and a charcuterie company. Distilleries will come on a rotating schedule, as will other specialty options such as a knife sharpener.

Also on the scene will be artisans, live music, activities for kids and cooking demonstrations by chefs. Leftover food will be donated to the Manna Food Center, a food bank in Gaithersburg.

The opening day celebration will include a ribbon cutting, a performance by the Red Line Ramblers band, balloon sculptures and giveaways.

Moser said the hope is that the Central Farm Market at Westfield Montgomery will appeal to both people living nearby and others coming to the area for the mall.

“Our markets have become a gathering place,” she said. “It becomes a community experience.”

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