Farmer's Market Gwynn Oak MD

Local resource for farmer’s market in Gwynn Oak. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Catonsville Farmers Market
(410) 744-4169
108 Bloomsbury Avenue; Bloomsbury Community Center
Catonsville, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 7-November 26 Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

32nd Street/Waverly Farmers Market
(410) 889-6388 or (410) 917-1496
E. 32nd & Barclay Street
Baltimore, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Baltimore

Thurmont Mainstreet Farmers Market
(301) 418-8642
Thurmont Carnival Grounds; Boundary Avenue
Thurmont, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 19-August 30 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Frederick

Park Heights Community Farmers Market
(410) 542-8190
5201 Park Heights Avenue; Pimlico Race Course Parking Lot
Baltimore, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 11-December 17 Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

Eastpoint Farmers Market
(410) 562-3464
7839 Eastern Avenue, Eastpoint Mall
Baltimore, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 25-October 29 Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

Pikesville Farmers Market
(410) 484-2337
In front of the MD State police Headquarters; 1201 Reisterstown Road (Near
Pikesville, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 24-October 28 Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

Towson Farmers Market I
(410) 825-1144
Allegheny Ave.; Between Washington Ave. & York Rd.
Towson, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 12-November 20 Thursday, 10:45 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

Towson Farmers Market II
(410) 825-1144
Parking lot at corner of Allegheny & Washington Ave.
Towson, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June 14-November 22 Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Baltimore

Highlandtown Farmers Market
(410) 342-3234
3500 Block of Bank Street; At the corner of South Conkling & Bank Streets
Baltimore, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July 12-October 25 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Baltimore

Howard County Farmers Market - East Columbia Library
(301) 934-9004
6600 Cradlerock Way; Behind East Columbia Library
Columbia, MD
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 1-November 20 Thursday, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Howard

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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