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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

Pahl's Farm
(410) 461-5445
Granite, MD
Membership Organizations
Ecovian

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Defining Organic

From farm to home, many critical factors weigh on that increasingly important term.

March 2010

By Linda Melone

The term “organic” conjures up visions of pastoral farms and sun-kissed fruits and vegetables grown by caring farmers. For many, this ideal makes it easier to drive an hour to the nearest health-conscious market. But how much of that vision is fiction versus reality? Is natural beef as good as organic? What’s behind the USDA Organic label? These questions are becoming more relevant as a growing number of people make organic products their mainstay.

Behind the Organic Label

The sales growth of organic foods tops that of all other food and beverage sales. US sales of organic food and beverages comprised roughly 2.8% of all food sales in 2006 at $17.7 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association, up 21% from 2005. Organic non-food sales, such as textiles, personal care products, toys and pet foods, grew 26% in 2006. More availability of organic products and greater consumer awareness has driven these increases.

Within the past 30 years organic has grown from a small-farm movement to a major industry in which organic foods and products can be found on the shelves of major retailers. “Organic is becoming much more sophisticated,” says Carl Winter, PhD, on the faculty at the University of California Davis’ Foodsafe Program. “But this greater demand also means that organic food is not necessarily local anymore.”

Producing a product good enough to earn the USDA Organic label isn’t easy. Farmers and growers must meet strict government standards. In 1990 Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), which required the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced products. The OFPA and the National Organic Program regulations require farms or handling operations to be certified by a state or private entity accredited by the USDA.

“Organic products cost more money to produce and yields are not as high,” says Winter. “Organic farms must be open to yearly inspections. It’s difficult because you can have all the right ideas and use state-of-the-art organic practices, but if you cannot stay economically viable, you’re not going to manage.”

Government regulations determine ways in which agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic production requires a system of farming that excludes toxic pesticides and fertilizers to maintain and replenish the soil. Genetic engineering, cloning, irradiation and sewage sludge are prohibited.

“Generally, a farmer has to shun traditional technology,” says Mark A. Kastel, co-director and senior farm policy analyst for the Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute ( www.cornucopia. org ), an independent watchdog organization that monitors and promotes ecologically produced local and organic food. Produce must be grown on ground that has been free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers for at least thr...

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