My son and I just hit the Bel Air Farmer’s Market for the first time this season. Arriving just after 9 a.m., I found it an easy market to navigate. We found parking right on the Mary E. W. Risteau State Office Building parking lot – where the market is held Saturdays and Tuesdays through November. There were about 30 vendors selling everything from organic potatoes to hot sauce. I picked up a hanging flower basket for my front porch for just $5 – half of what they go for in front of the grocery stores and a quarter of the price at nurseries I’ve checked. (I don’t like to spend too much on hanging baskets because I’m not so attentive with the watering). We got peaches – they were offering tart yellow and more mellow white-fleshed ones, fat blueberries, end-of-season cherries (so juicy I made my son lick his fingers before getting back in the car), potatoes and honey. The honey vendor was selling quirky beeswax candles molded into such convincing forms as an ear of corn and a honey bee. My son especially liked the flavored honey sticks they were selling for a quarter a piece. If my hands weren’t loaded with plastic produce-filled shopping bags, I would have bought a cup of coffee they sell for $1 from a cart. I was looking for apples, but I only saw an unfamiliar type that apparently is good for baking. I’ll look again later in the season.
The Bel Air Farmer’s Market
Runs April through November
Hours: 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays
in the parking lot of the Mary E. W. Risteau State Office Building, 2 S. Bond St., Bel Air