The North Beach MD Farmers’ Market is one of those events I’ve been hearing about for some time but never made the time for until recently. What a shame I didn’t go sooner. I’ve been to markets throughout Europe and in the Seattle area, so it takes a lot to impress me. But hey, Calvert County, you have a phenomenal farmers’ market right here. I’m a believer.
I know it’s cliché to say that there is something there for everyone, but there really is: flower bouquets, hanging baskets, herbs, produce, baked goods, wine, meat, gourmet nuts, popcorn, handmade gifts from local artists, and classic cars (and I’m not sure I listed it all). There was also live music. And if that wasn’t enough, there just happened to be a campfire (and s’mores!) on the beach that same evening.
There are a couple places at the market where you can grab dinner. I got a delicious personal pizza from one of the bakery booths. The food truck that is a permanent fixture at North Beach sells hot dogs, chicken strips and other things of that nature. However, the restaurants are also open. Though if you go that route, expect to wait for a table.
The market is an ideal place to indulge in the pastime of people watching, and it’s easy to strike up conversations with complete strangers. This is especially true around the classic cars. I was looking at a shiny orange car with flames painted on the side, and the owner insisted on opening the doors and letting me have a peek inside. Like him, many of the other owners spent a long time restoring these vehicles and are more than happy to talk about them.
So, if you haven’t been to North Beach for this farmers’ market yet, have I convinced you? It’s a fun way to spend a Friday night. However, parking is kind of a nightmare, so you might want to get to the North Beach MD Farmers’ Market early. I plan to be a regular.
North Beach Farmers’ Market
5th Street and Bay Avenue
May to October: Fridays 6 to 9 p.m.