The newly opened Fells Point Farmer's Market offers the
neighborhood fresh opportunities for growth. Merchants offering meat, herbs,
produce, baked goods and more are setting up shop in the square on Saturdays,
providing the neighborhood with both new food choices and a gathering spot.
Opened under the auspices of Fells Point Main Street, the
market has been an immediate success.
Vendors are being added to the mix, with five new vendors expected to be
added in the next few weeks.
For some vendors, this market provides the opportunity to
start their businesses and explore the possibility of pursuing their passions
as a profitable enterprise. Baker Teresa Pessaro had been creating her vegan
treats for friends and clients for some time before she decided to take a shot
at expanding her enterprise Goody Goody Gumdrops with a stall at the market.
"There's been a good, positive response. There's so many
people in the neighborhood, and with
the water taxi and tourists, you meet a lot of different people. I've
gotten good feedback." says Teresa Pessaro.
The market is focused on both building a better community in
Fells Point and providing opportunities for residents to get fresh food. Fells
Point Main Street is looking to expand the market's offerings, and find ways to
give back to the neighborhood.
"We're all about supporting the neighborhood, getting people
to shop local and stay local. What a better way than to make it so that people
can wake up, grab a head of lettuce or something from the market and stay in
the neighborhood." says Fell's Point Main Street volunteer Nathalie Mageria.
The market will run every Saturday until November 12. Fells
Point Main Street is accepting applications for new vendors, and recruiting
Author: Amy McNeal
Sources: Nathalie Mageria, Fells Point Main Street; Teresa
Pessaro, Goody Goody Gumdrops