From Harford County government:
The Bel Air Farmers Market will open for the 2011 season on Saturday, April 9, the market’s board of directors and the Harford County Division of Agriculture are pleased to announce.
The Bel Air Farmers’ Market, Inc. operates two markets in the town. The Saturday Market is held weekly from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the parking lot of the Mary Risteau State Office Building at the corner of Bond and Thomas Streets. The Tuesday Market is held weekly from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Kelly Fields parking lot at the southeast corner of Route 24 and Boulton Street. The first day of the Tuesday Market will be April 12.
“The farmers’ market offers Harford County residents a unique experience, where they can find fresh produce, as well as delicious meats, cheeses, and ice cream, beautiful flowers and plants, and most importantly, support our county’s farming community,” stated County Executive David R. Craig.
“Consumers will find products that are of the highest quality, are locally produced, are affordably priced, and are fresher than anything found in the grocery store,” remarked Brad Milton, president of the Bel Air Farmers’ Market, Inc. “We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones when the market opens on April 9.”
The county’s other farmers’ markets in Edgewood and Havre de Grace are slated to open in early May. For more information on the Bel Air Farmers’ Market, visit their website at www.belairfarmersmarket.com.
Also, county residents are reminded that deadlines for the county’s eight CSAs are fast approaching. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) involve customers purchasing a share at the beginning of the season, and then receiving a box of fresh produce and other goods on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for a predetermined number of weeks. Each CSA is offers something different, so consumers are encouraged to shop around to find the option that best fits their needs.
“My wife Melinda and I enrolled in a local CSA last year, and we look forward to joining one again this year,” noted County Executive Craig. “It is a great way to support Harford’s farming community, and I find it to be a very easy and convenient way to buy fresh, healthy produce.”
For a complete listing of CSAs, or for more information on agriculture in Harford County, visit www.HarfordFarms.com.