Neighborhood markets offer everything you need to make the holidays merry and bright
The holidays are just around the corner – and it’s the perfect time to visit to the Baltimore public markets for all your seasonal culinary needs. The markets, each with its own distinctive character and unique vendors, provide a refreshing alternative to traditional grocery stores this month.
At Lexington, Broadway, Hollins, Northeast, Cross Street and Avenue markets, you can find the ingredients you need to cook a perfect holiday dinner at home – from fresh seafood and meats to mouth-watering produce and scrumptious desserts. Or, if you’re too busy to cook, you can order in from Market vendors, arguably some of the hottest food purveyors in the City. For more information, links to all market websites and vendors lists, visit www.baltimoremarkets.org and www.lexingtonmarket.com.
Shop Local for Foods and Gifts
The markets offer one-stop shopping at its best, as well as a fresh source of gift ideas. From baskets of locally made products (Mulberry’s Bar at Hollins Market); to famous specialty foods (Faidley’s at Lexington Market); to books (Jay Books at Northeast Market); there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. You’ll also give back – by supporting the local merchants and makers who bring life and vitality to the City.
Highlighting the joys of shopping at the historic Lexington Market on the City’s west side is a visit to fourth-generation Faidley’s Seafood. There you’ll find the jumbo lump crab cakes the family business is known world-wide for, as well as “coddies”, or codfish cakes, rockfish and oyster stew, available in house and for takeout, delivery, and even shipping! While at the legendary Market, visit other long-time and new merchants like Cho’s Seafood Garden and Hominy Kitchen who call Lexington home. The Market’s foods – and its vendors – never fail to delight.
Foodies who crave carry out will find a mecca at the revitalized Broadway Market, now a Fells Point home to 8 merchants. Surprise family and friends with Southern-style chicken and waffles from family-owned Connie’s Chicken and Waffles or welcome exotic new flavors into your home with the delivery of Pad Thai and spring rolls from Thai Street Baltimore. At Broadway, you’ll also find pierogis, or Polish dumplings, and much more!
Need a last-minute staple, the perfect wine or craft beer, or a locally made gift? Mulberry’s Bar, co-owned by neighborhood resident Lara Sumerson, has you covered at southwest Baltimore’s Hollins Market. You can make a visit or call ahead for takeout or delivery from the market’s vendors.
Northeast Market on the City’s east side offers the best of all worlds as well. You’ll find vine-ripened produce and fresh poultry at Monument Street Market, fresh-caught seafood at Shore’s and Jackpot, and fresh cut meats at Fellner’s – all in time for a make-your-own holiday dinner. Or “make” a dinner from specialty foods you can order ahead and have delivered. Try Roses Bakery at Northeast, a neighborhood favorite for their scrumptious cakes and freshly baked pies.
Cross Street Market
Dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert – and there are plenty of sweet selections to choose from at the markets. Locally owned Taharka Brothers, for example, scoops their award-winning ice cream at both Broadway and south Baltimore’s Cross Street markets. Call ahead to order pints for delivery to your door. With gastronomical resources like these at your local public markets, holiday shopping can be merry and bright!
Market hours vary. Please visit online at http://www.baltimoremarkets.org or check social media for details.
- Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217
- Broadway Market, 1640-41 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
- Cross Street Market, 1065 S Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21230
- Hollins Market, 26 South Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223
- Lexington Market, 400 West Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Northeast Market, 2101 East Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21205