Local Farm Markets Ramp Up for Spring Season

Bethesda and Silver Spring markets begin extended hours this weekend with new vendors


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Shoppers at the Bethesda Central Farm Market

file photo via Debra Moser

After weathering the winter, two local farm markets will begin regular season hours this weekend as spring weather returns.

The Bethesda Central Farm Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning on Sunday at the Bethesda Elementary School, opening an hour earlier than the winter hours. About 70 local vendors will be selling produce, prepared foods, meats and other items during the spring market, according to Debra Moser, a co-founder of Central Farm Markets.

“We’re very excited about the season,” Moser said. “We have a lot of new vendors—everything from soup to nuts. We have a fishmonger bringing in seafood from the mid-Atlantic all the way up to Maine. We have two Kosher food vendors joining us this year, new prepared food vendors and even two vendors who specialize in dog and pet-related products.”

The market will continue to have a lineup of regional vineyards selling wine, and Milkhouse Brewery, a recent addition, will be selling beer. Moser said that fruit specialists will also be new this year—a blueberry specialist will join the lineup for six weeks in June and in September the market will feature a kiwi berry farmer.

Central Farm Markets also operates the Pike Central Farm Market in North Bethesda, which is scheduled to open each Saturday starting April 30 with about 40 vendors in the parking lot of the office building at 6001 Executive Blvd. The market will move across the street from its location last year due to a construction project.

In Silver Spring, FreshFarm Markets will be expanding its Saturday farmers market on Ellsworth Drive into Veterans Plaza, taking over the space previously occupied by the crafts-focused Fenton Street Market. Melina Shannon-DiPietro, director of FreshFarm Markets, said the new space will enable the market to bring in additional farmers and vendors to the expansive market that extends the length of the Downtown Silver Spring retail development.

New additions to the Silver Spring market this year include goat cheese producer Shepherd’s Whey Creamery, the Hampstead family farm Audia’s and She Peppers, an Alexandria-based hot sauce maker. The hours for the Silver Spring market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays until December, an hour longer than the winter season..

Rockville residents will have to wait a little until theirlocal farmers market reopens. The Saturday market, which is run by the City of Rockville, is scheduled to open for the season May 14 and will run until Nov. 19 at Rockville Town Center at the corner of Route 28 and Monroe Street.

Photo: Silver Spring farmers market via FreshFarm Markets.

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