University Farmers Market
The University Farmers Market is now open! Join us every Tuesday from 10 am – 2 pm at University Park Plaza, on the corner of Paca Street and Baltimore Street, to purchase fresh produce, sweet treats, prepared meals, and more!
For your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you follow the social distancing guidelines outlined below:
- Wear a mask at all times
- Sanitize your hands before touching produce
- Maintain 6 feet from others and avoid gatherings exceeding 10 persons
- Avoid bringing pets
By purchasing at our farmers market, not only do you support local businesses, but you also generate revenue back into our community.
So please, spread the word and help make our 2020 season a great success!
Watch this video of local students shopping at our market.
Did you know?
You can now use your Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits via the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card at the market. By accepting these benefits, formerly known as food stamps, we are further expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables to those in our community.
We also accept Women Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Promotion program coupons at the University Farmers Market. It is our mission to serve our hospital and support a healthy community.
The University of Maryland Medical Center partnered with University of Maryland at Baltimore and the local community to bring you a weekly market of local goods.
By hosting a Farmers' Market, UMMC and UMB are helping to improve the availability of fresh, locally grown food to its employees, patients, visitors and area residents and businesses. Purchasing food from local farmers not only supports the local agricultural community and the local economy, but it also decreases "food miles."
Food travels on average 1,500 miles from farm to plate. However, when purchased locally, food travels an average of 60 miles. This significant decrease in the distance traveled cuts down on fuel consumption, greenhouse gases, air pollution and the likelihood of related diseases, including asthma, lung disease, lung cancer and heart disease. It also cuts down on the use of plastics used in packaging and allows farmers to pick their food when it's ripe, maximizing the nutrient content in the food and providing you with fresher food that tastes better.
The University Farmers' Market hosts many farmers that use environmentally sustainable practices, including fewer pesticides, no antibiotics or growth hormones, and they raise their animals outside on pasture.