University Farmers Market
**The 2017 Farmers Market is now open!**
Join us every Tuesday from 10:00am-2:00pm at the University Park Plaza at the corner or Paca & Pratt St across from the Medical Center.
- Click here for a list of current vendors.
- Click here for more information on how to become a vendor at the Market.
Did you know??
You can now use your Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits via the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card at the market. By accepting these benefits, formerly known as food stamps, we are further expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables to those in our community.
We also accept Women Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Promotion program coupons at the University Farmers Market. It is our mission to serve our hospital and support a healthy community.
In 2009 The University of Maryland Medical Center partnered with University of Maryland at Baltimore and the local community to bring you a weekly market of local goods.
By hosting a Farmers' Market, UMMC and UMB are helping to improve the availability of fresh, locally grown food to its employees, patients, visitors and area residents and businesses. Purchasing food from local farmers not only supports the local agricultural community and the local economy, but it also decreases "food miles."
Food travels on average 1,500 miles from farm to plate. However, when purchased locally, food travels an average of 60 miles. This significant decrease in the distance traveled cuts down on fuel consumption, greenhouse gases, air pollution and the likelihood of related diseases, including asthma, lung disease, lung cancer and heart disease. It also cuts down on the use of plastics used in packaging and allows farmers to pick their food when it's ripe, maximizing the nutrient content in the food and providing you with fresher food that tastes better.
The University Farmers' Market hosts many farmers that use environmentally sustainable practices, including fewer pesticides, no antibiotics or growth hormones, and they raise their animals outside on pasture.