New farmers’ market coming to Federal Hill outside renovated Cross Street Market

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The modernized Cross Street Market is bringing an open-air market back to Cross Street, albeit with an expectedly more artisan vibe than its mid-1800s predecessor.

Working with Federal Hill Main Street, the marketplace’s new operators have arranged a weekly market running through mid-fall with around 20 vendors, most of them from Baltimore and the surrounding area. A release describes the roster as “a blend of family-run farms, start-up bakeries” and “Federal Hill-based wellness brands.”

Fresh produce will be coming in from the regional Black Bottom Farm Collective and Glenville, Pennsylvania-based Hillside Meadow Farm. There will also be made-to-order fare from BricknFire Pizza Co., Egyptian street food vendor Koshary by Misteka, Haitian stall (and Cross Street Market tenant) Sobeachy and Bottoms Up Bagels, plus some locally made craft booze from Harford County’s Slate Farm Brewery and Charm City Meadworks.

The rest of the list is filled out with bakeries (The Breadery, Bramble Baking Co., Table for Twelve), small-batch confections (Balti’Marons, Vegan Soul Bakery, MFG Toffee), artisans (Crystal Moll, Kleur Décor) and others. Here’s a full list to browse.

The new farmers’ market will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from this weekend through Oct. 26.

The redone Cross Street Market is set to debut next month after an $8 million-plus facelift (which almost didn’t happen) from Caves Valley Partners. The renovated city-owned shed includes several returning vendors in Steve’s Lunch, butcher Fenwick Meats and candy store The Sweet Shoppe. (A number of former merchants who aren’t coming back have sued, arguing the renovations put them out of business.)

Among the list of more than a dozen newcomers are plant-based Gangster Vegan Organics, Ceremony Coffee, Cans Filling Station, Hawaiian stall Ono Poké, Pizza di Joey, Burger Bar and Taco Love Grill, plus a wine and cocktail bar from Old Line Spirits and a crab house and seafood market from luxe-specializing Atlas Restaurant Group, which is replacing Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood. Again, here’s a full list to browse.

Operators last week said four stalls are still available to lease, and other new tenant announcements are planned for a fried chicken stall and a place selling fresh produce and pantry goods.

Ethan McLeod
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