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 consider making a 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 – and relaxing – 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 and vendors lists, visit www.bpmarkets.com and www.lexingtonmarket.com.
Shop Local for Foods and Gifts
The markets offer one-stop shopping at its best as well as a fresh new source of gift ideas. From baskets of locally made products to world-famous specialty foods, there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. You’ll also give back – by supporting the local merchants and makers who bring new 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 (www.faidleyscrabcakes.com). 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 the other long-time and new merchants like Market Bakery and Dancing Potato 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 (www.connieschickenandwaffles.com) or welcome exotic new flavors into your home with the delivery of Pad Thai and spring rolls from Thai Street Baltimore (www.thaistreetbaltimore.com). 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? Newly opened Franklin’s Market and Mulberry’s Bar, co-owned by neighborhood resident Lara Sumerson, have you covered at southwest Baltimore’s Hollins Market. You can make a visit or call ahead for takeout or delivery from these exciting new businesses or from the Market’s growing list of local vendors. www.hollinsmarketbaltimore.com
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 Jawa Market at Northeast, a neighborhood favorite for its Tropical Shrimp Salad.
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 (www.taharkabrothers.com), 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 or check social media for details.
- Lexington Market, 400 West Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201, www.lexingtonmarket.com
- Broadway Market, 1640-41 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, www.broadwaymarketbaltimore.com
- Hollins Market, 26 South Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223, www.hollinsmarketbaltimore.com
- Northeast Market, 2101 East Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21205,
- Cross Street Market, 1065 S Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21230, www.crossstmarket.com
- Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217,