Beau Z. Brendt, newly appointed Executive Director and co-owner of Max’s Degrees receiving the Governor Commendation for keeping the market open and safe during the pandemic.

Rain, snow or shine…farmers and vendors — and their customers — in the greater Baltimore area know Saturday is Market Day in Waverly.

The 32nd Street Farmers Market transforms the parking lot, every week, on the corner of 32nd and Barclay Street. It’s a vital connection for growers and producers to sell their fresh fruit and vegetables, to-go meals, condiments/ferments, juices, teas, wine and spirits as well as hand-crafted items at this central Baltimore location. And their customers—many now second- and even third-generation, like the farmers—are intensely loyal to long-standing traditions.

Left: Summer market, where tomatoes delight many shoppers.
Right: Seasonal produce from local growers are a requirement of the Summer Market.

Newcomers to this 42-year-old neighborhood Market may not realize just how extensive the offerings are, even in the Winter season (November through the first Saturday in June). Eggs, dairy, and cheeses are always available, as are fish and meats (fresh and frozen). Local fruits, vegetables, and greens (some from hot houses, or, origin-labeled if not grown nearby). Several bakeries display pastries, breads, pies, and cookies; other vendors have olives and mushrooms and pickles and spices and coffee, too, of course.

Louthan distillery is one of several local spirits for sales at the market.

Summer Market begins this year, June 11, and runs until the Saturday before Thanksgiving with 65+ stands. Summer vendors must be bona fide growers, raisers, or producers of their fruits/vegetables, artisan food items, and wares; many offer organic or sustainably-grown items. Executive Director Beau Z. Brendt reports that a record number of applications for the summer market have been received; the Board will balance returning favorites with local newcomers (Waverly and District 14 encouraged!) and weekly guest vendors.

Chef John Shields of Gertrude’s at the BMA supports the market by purchasing produce for the restaurant, leading market tours, and sharing the stories of the market vendors on Our Common Table a new video series about protecting the bounty of the Chesapeake region. Photo Credit: svImages

Besides food and beverage booths the Market keeps several community spaces available for local non-profits and entrepreneurs to promote their works/wares (you can request dates at, politicians make campaign stops, and musicians respectfully perform. There are seasonal and Farmers Market events, including “Waverly Welcomes Spring” (this year, it’s April 30); National Farmers Market week (August); and a giant pumpkin weight-guessing contest (October). On April 16th children and parents can enjoy a free ceramics-painting event led by our local ceramic vendor, JoAnn. Look for the orange Market tent in Waverly Commons.

Farm Alliance is a collaboration of many Baltimore urban farms.

Shoppers at the Market who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) benefits will receive matching funds to extend their buying power throughout the Market. It’s a win-win program for people on a limited food budget. They receive a five-dollar match which can provide an extra meal or more each week. People eat healthier food, and farmers and producers appreciate additional purchases and supporting the local economy. These incentives, and credit/debit tokens are available at the Market Manager Booth.

Market Master George can answer questions and direct customers.

At this centrally located booth, customers can also inquire about the availability of seasonal produce, upcoming events and guest vendors. This is where people can learn about job opportunities, both for the Market and with seasonal vendors. Visitors can become a member which is a $20 fee per year (first-timers get a free t-shirt or tote bag). Martha Lucius, Board President of 32nd Street Market says, “This market is vibrant, social and an economic hub for neighbors, city and county residents, farmers and purveyors. If there is one thing I’d love to see this year it’s more active and helpful volunteers, and members.” Want to participate? Reach out via email

Neopol, one of 32nd Street original vendors.

See the website ( or follow its updates on Facebook and Instagram (32ndstreetfarmersmarket). Take the bus, ride a bike (bike stands are available), or park in the adjacent (free) lot. On Saturday mornings, it’s the place to be!

Waverly Welcomes Spring!
Market sign.
Waverly Welcomes Spring is the 32nd Street Farmers Market official salute to spring. Enjoy the best the market has to offer with flowers, plants, baby goats, music and more.
While it’s still too early to accurately predict the availability of field-grown asparagus or strawberries, plants (seeds and plantings) are already being sown. Long-time market vendor Dave Hochheimer of Black Rock Orchard has been growing heirloom tomato plants in his greenhouses since early March. Wave Sebastian of Gardeners Gourmet in Westminster has been checking his asparagus and early greens, both in the field and row houses, and Woodbine grower Greg Barrows at San Giovanni’s Organic Farm is sowing baby greens, root veggies, snap peas, and herbs. And while he delivers blooms all year ’round at the Market, John McKeown Jr. of Locust Point Flowers plans to feature hardy outdoor plants—herbs and sedums—as well as those bright spring harbingers like pansies, daffodils, and tulips.
Children and adults always love the days when baby goats are at the market! Quintuplet kids were born at Pahl’s Farm in late February; they’re now being bottle-fed. While owner Jen Pahl may not bring all five of the youngsters, those who are at the Market on the 30th will no doubt charm customers of all ages!
Adjacent to the Market is Waverly Commons. There are tables and benches for shoppers to sit down and enjoy the meal they just bought from Market favorites like Blacksauce Kitchen, Farm to Face Falafel, Saigon Remembered, Korarima, and Taco Loco, plus numerous Waverly Main Street businesses, while listening to Baltimore musicians. Additionally, the Maryland Master Gardeners will be on hand (and most of the summer) to offer advice and answer any planting concerns.
Join in the fun: tuck a flower in your cap (or beard), grab your shopping list and totebags, and join your neighbors at the Market from 7 am to noon, on Saturday, April 30!
—Susan Walther, 32nd Street Market Community Board Member
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