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Special Events

Now Accepting Vendor Applications for 2014 Market

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Spring Kick-Off: Regular Season Opening

Wednesday, April 23

Green Tidings Food Truck
Modified menu at market
April 23 - May 14

Spring Into Good Health!
Health fair at market
Wed, April 30

What's in season?
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Contact Us

Allison Lilly
Farmers Market Committee Chair
alilly@umd.edu

Robert Schubert
Market Manager
TerpMarketManager@umd.edu

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Vendors

Bonaparte Breads (pastries)

Bonaparte Breads specializes in traditional 17th Century French breads, desserts and pastries. Owner Pierre Lefilliatre has established a reputation for turning out high-quality baked goods at his two locations, one in the Historic Savage Mill Center, and a second cafe in Fells Point, MD. Lefilliatre's baguettes are based on a old-style recipe that produces a thinner, crustier baguette and requires the use of Poolish, which doesn't ferment as long as most starters. This means the acids found in most sourdough starters are nonexistent in his. All of Bonaparte Breads products sold at market are produced the night before.

Bonaparte breads on Yelp >>

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm (meats)

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm is family owned and operated. Selling beef, chevon (goat meat), rabbit, and sometimes turkey meats, they also bring assorted fruits and veggies when in season.

Their beef is born, raised and finished naturally on their farm. Their cow herd consists of purebred Herefords and Hereford Influenced Baldies. All are bred to their purebred Hereford bulls. The beef is pasture raised on a diet of grass, haylage and corn silage when needed. They do not use any hormones to raise any of their meats; therefore, they are all natural. Their beef hangs for at least 21 days to insure a tender and flavorful cut of meat.

Accepts Credit Cards

Dolci Gelati (gelato)

Based in the Washington, DC metro area, Dolci Gelati produces the finest gelato and sorbetto from all natural ingredients and, when available, local fruits and vegetables. Gelato offers the same great taste as ice cream with only 1/3 the fat and none of the artificial flavors.

Dolci Gelati website >>
LIKE Dolci Gelati on Facebook >>
On Twitter @DolciGelati

Happy Hens Barnyard (eggs, crab meat)

Happy Hens Barnyard offers free range eggs and fresh Maryland seafood, including crab meat and oysters. The eggs are produced by hens that roam stress free and have access to a multi-grain diet, including flax seed to increase the Omega 3 Fatty Acid profile of the eggs. All seafood is harvested and packed locally on the Eastern Shore within 24 hours of arriving at market and is USDA inspected and approved.

McCleaf's Orchards (produce)

Corey T. McCleaf is a 5th generation farmer on McCleaf's Orchard. The 52 acre historic farm grows apples, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, cherries, pluots, kiwi berries, other unique fruit offerings as well as a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.

McCleaf's Orchard has a strong committment to growing food as sustainably as possible. They practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), minimizing the use of chemicals by reducing destructive insects in the orchards, while at the same time maintaining a health quality product.

Their commitment to sustainable farming and providing great produce for generations is made evident by earning a Pennsylvania Preserved Farm designation in 2008.

McCleaf's Orchard website >>
LIKE McCLeaf's on Facebook >>
On Twitter @McCleafsOrchard

Accepts Credit Cards

Nature's Brain Food (energy bars)

Launched by a UMD student, Nature's Brain Food offers raw energy and protein bars that are free of additives, processed sugars and preservatives. Handmade in Kensington, Maryland, they use only the most premium raw ingredients. Every delicious bite contains brain-nourishing Omega-3's and a variety of "superfoods". All of their bars are raw, gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, non-GMO and 100% all natural.

Nature's Brain Foods website >>
LIKE Nature's Brain Foods on Facebook >>
On Twitter @naturebrainfood

Phil's Dills (pickles)

Phil's Dills offers fresh, homemade pickles made with local ingredients from Carroll County. Choose from a variety of flavors including "Fear the Turtle"  and "Terps' Cracked Black Pepper" as well as fire garlic, sweet and spicy and kosher dills.

Accepts Credit Cards

Spriggs Delight Farm (goat cheese)

Spriggs Delight is a dairy goat farm and home of award winning goat cheeses located in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  Great pride is taken in making all of their artisan cheeses so they are the best tasting, highest quality you can buy - all natural, with no preservatives. 

Spriggs Delight Farm website >>

Sweet Teensy (baked goods)

Sweet Teensy uses only premium ingredients, resulting in a luscious blend of refined flavors. Hand-crafted, small-batch-from-scratch Sweet Teensy cookies, cup-cakes and custom cakes are a delight in every exquisite bite–the perfect gift for friends, associates and loved ones. The best flour, rich chocolate and natural flavorings are blended with farm-fresh eggs and pure creamery butter to create a sublime sensation. Sweet Teensy baked goods are free of trans fats, preservatives and artificial colorings. Whole-hearted foods, artfully packaged, just for you!

Sweet Teensy website >>

Accepts Credit Cards

Upper Crust Bakery (breads)

Upper Crust Bakery is a European-style bakery producing artisan breads and pastries.

Upper Crust Bakery Facebook page >>
On Twitter @UpperCrustMD

Valencia's Produce (produce)

Maria Valencia and her family own and operate Valencia's Produce in Leedstown, VA. Their wide variety of fruits and vegetables include asparagus, black-eyed peas, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe melon, watermelon, sweet corn, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce mixes and herbs.

LIKE Valencia's Produce on Facebook >>

Accepts Credit Cards

FAQs

The Market

  • When and where will the Farmers Market be held?  The Farmers Market at Maryland will be held every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm in front of Cole Student Activities Building.
  • How long will the Farmers Market run? The market will run through November. The final market of the 2014 season is November 19.
  • Will the market ever be cancelled?  The market will be held rain or shine.  However, severe weather, or the threat of severe weather, may force us to cancel a market for everyone’s safety.  When possible, notice of a cancellation will be posted on the website and a recorded message left at 301-226-4457.
  • Why should I shop at a farmers market? Farmers markets provide an opportunity to purchase food directly from local farms.  Local food is full of flavor, harvested at its nutritional peak, and available at the market soon after.  It doesn’t travel long distances, so buying from local farms also reduces the environmental impact of bringing food to your table (the average food item travels about 1,500 miles to reach us) while providing support for the local economy.
  • Why host a farmers market on campus when there are other markets available in the College Park area?  We believe it is important to introduce students to the health and environmental benefits of shopping at farmers markets.  We hope to teach them how to use local farm products to create healthy meals and support sustainable agriculture. We believe our community of nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff will see value in having convenient access to a weekly farmers market on campus.
  • Is the market open to the public? Yes, everyone is welcome at The Farmers Market at Maryland.
  • How can students help with the farmers market?  One of the best ways students can support the market is by coming to the market and buy products from the farmers.  Use your voice and your social network to tell your friends to visit and shop at the market.  Students can also volunteer to assist the farmers and market manager with weekly market staffing, setup and cleanup.

Our Vendors

  • What does it mean to be a “local” farmer?  All of our vendors are travelling from no more than 250 miles away.
  • Is the market a “producers only” market? Yes, our vendors are only permitted to sell items which they themselves have grown or produced.
  • What can I buy at the market? You will be able to purchase a wide variety of fresh produce, free range eggs, meats such as beef, goat, lamb and chicken, artisan breads, pickles, baked goods, pastries, and gourmet cheese spreads.
  • Will the vendors sell “organic” food?  There are very few “certified organic” farmers in this area, and none of our current vendors are certified.  However, all of our farmers are using sustainable farming practices as much as possible.  We encourage shoppers to ask the farmers about their farming methods.
  • Is the food safe to eat? Yes.  Our vendors must comply with all federal, state, and local health and safety requirements and hold appropriate permits or certificates.

Parking & Directions

  • Where is the Farmers Market? The Farmers Market is located along Campus Drive directly in front of Cole Student Activities Building (also referred to as Cole Fieldhouse, next to the Stamp Student Union)
  • How do I get to the Farmers Market?  The Maryland campus is pedestrian-friendly, and we encourage walking to the market, if possible, to limit the impact on the environment. You can plan your route using TerpNav at www.map.umd.edu. Enter "Cole Student Activities Building" as the destination location. There is parking and public transit options also available. See below.
  • Is parking available?  Yes, pay-by-space parking is available nearby in the Union Lane Garage. Download a map for location, hours and rates.
  • What are my public transportation options to get to the market? Both Metro buses and Shuttle-UM share a covered stop in front of Cole Student Activities Building. Metro buses with a drop-off near Cole - C2, C8, J4, and F6. Metrorail stations served by Shuttle-UM - College Park Metro station, West Hyattsville, Prince George’s County Plaza, and Silver Spring.

Payment Options

  • Will credit cards be accepted? The ability to accept credit cards varies vendor by vendor, but several of our vendors are able to accept credit cards. Specifically, McCleaf's Orchards, Country Vittles, Picnic Gourmet Spreads, Goldilocks Goodies, and Valencia Produce are all able to accept credit cards. Capitol One and SECU ATM machines are located on the ground floor of Stamp Student Union.
  • Can I pay with my Terrapin Express card? No, our vendors cannot accept Terrapin Express.
  • Are farmers market nutrition program (FMNP) vouchers accepted?  Yes. Our 3 produce vendors - McCleaf's Orchards, Valencia Produce, and Lydia's Fields at Wheatland - all accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, both Maryland WIC FMNP vouchers and Senior FMNP vouchers.
  • Are SNAP benefits accepted? No.  We are not yet licensed to accept SNAP vouchers.