It's the last weekend before i start my Breezy Willow CSA pick up but I need veg for the first week of the SOLE Challenge! For much of May, I relied upon farmers' markets for local produce, cheese, honey, baked goods & meat. Today I hit up two local farm stands, Jenny's Market & Harbin Farm.
First up is Jenny's Market, located on East Ivory Rd just off of 32 & Ten Oaks Rd. Jenny's carries produce from all over the East Coast, but specializes in Maryland veg & fruit when it is in season. Today I picked up some gigantic spring onions, clover honey, pickled cucumbers, peas, and some banana bread.
As you can see, Jenny's has a wide variety of baked goods, local produce, canned goods (from last years local harvest), herbs & plants. For years I've seen the signs for Jenny's (the ones on route 32 & Ten Oaks) and I'm glad I stopped by today!
Next up is Harbin Farm, on the corner of 99 & Bethany Lane in Ellicott City, MD. I've been stopping & shopping at Harbin Farm for years. I drive past it at least twice a day, and am easily lured in by the flowers, produce & treats. Today I picked up tomatoes, patty pan squash, strawberries & nectarines.
Harbin is a little larger than Jenny's and carries a lot more flowers, plants & also carries local eggs. In the Fall they have pumpkins and around the holidays have Christmas trees. One of my favs at Harbin is the basket/bucket of "special" tomatoes. These tomatoes have spots or imperfections, to me this means 10 gigantic tomatoes for under $3...it also means I'm making salsa or gazpacho!
I'm fortunate to have both of theses markets so close to home. Tonight we'll be grilling up some of the delicious veg & making strawberries & cream for dessert. Finding a local farm-stand is just as easy as hopping in your car. Hope your dinner night is just as local & tasty!