Purchasing fresh, locally raised produce, meat and other items is now easier than ever! The University Farmers' Market is open every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., from May through November 2011 (the market closes for the season on November 23) at the University Plaza Park across from the Medical Center's main entrance.
The University of Maryland Medical Center has partnered with University of Maryland at Baltimore and the local community to bring you this new weekly market of local farmers providing fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, eggs, poultry, seafood, meat, baked goods and ice cream.
By hosting a Farmers' Market, UMMC and its partners 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 1500 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.
One final offering of this market is an opportunity to guarantee your supply of fresh produce all season long by purchasing a share of a farmers' crop through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). In this model, you pay at the beginning of the season for a share of the farmer's harvest throughout the year. Your share is delivered to the market weekly. This option is available from a few of our featured farmers.
Click here to view a list of vendors participating in this year's University Farmers' Market.