compiled by Heather Morris

Carroll County’s farmers’ markets are in full swing as we dive into summer! From fresh local produce, meats, dairy products, and baked goods to handmade crafts, live entertainment and more, the markets are a great way to support local businesses, purchase delicious and fresh food, and be a part of the community each week. Be sure to check each market’s website or Facebook page for additional information and updates.

Carroll County Farmers’ Market

Carroll County Farmers’ Market has 75-100 vendors selling seasonal produce, home-baked goods, gourmet foods, local eggs, pasture-raised meats, handmade crafts, house plants, seasonal plants and decorations. Hot breakfast and lunch options are also available. The summer season opens June 17 and continues until Sept. 2, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fall Show will be held on Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Christmas Market will run for seven Saturdays beginning Nov. 4 and running through Dec. 16, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster •

Carroll Hospital Farmers’ Market

The Carroll Hospital Farmers’ Market is run through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County. The market will run every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Aug. 31, on the third floor of the Carroll Hospital parking garage. Vendors will be offering fresh local produce, baked goods, elderberry products and other items each week to support local farms and businesses. This year, shoppers can also purchase fresh produce to donate to Westminster Rescue Mission’s Food Bank program.

Carroll Hospital Parking Garage, 3rd Floor, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster

Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market will be open rain or shine every Saturday in 2023 through Nov. 18. This food-centric, dog-friendly market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and has 25-30 vendors each week, along with a weekly nonprofit tent, live music, and hot breakfast options. Other vendor offerings include local produce, meats, eggs, prepared foods, baked items, cheese, pet treats, local wine and spirits, artisan merchandise, and flowers.

Railroad Avenue, Westminster  •

Hampstead Farmers’ Market

Hampstead Farmers’ Market has vendors offering local produce, meats, live crabs, soft-shell crabs, cheeses, fresh eggs, breads, fresh-cut flowers, candy, bakery items, a local brewery, and more. Craft vendors offer jewelry, soaps, reclaimed furniture, pottery, and hand-sewn items to name a few offerings. Breakfast and lunch options are available from local nonprofit groups that use the proceeds from their sales to support their organizations. This year, visitors can also relax and enjoy live music in a designated seating area at the “Music at the Market,” which will host talented music groups throughout the season. The market is located by the water tower on the grounds of the Coppermine Pantherplex in Hampstead. The season runs every Saturday through Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead  •

Mount Airy Main Street Farmers’ Market

Mount Airy Main Street Farmers’ Market runs through Sept. 27, each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The market hosts 14-18 vendors each week selling local farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, popcorn, sauerkraut, pickles, wine, distilled products, and local artisan crafts. Live music, a potential children’s educational program, and programs from master gardeners are also part of the market’s weekly offerings.

3 N. Main St., Mount Airy, behind the Mount Airy Train Station

Sykesville Farmers’ Market

The Sykesville Farmers’ Market hosts 45-60 vendors each Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s market runs through Oct. 29. Vendors will offer produce, herbs, olives, meats, and baked goods and much more. The market also has a nonprofit showcase and a Junior Market, which provides free, family-friendly activities each week.

Baldwin Drive and Main Street  •

Taneytown Farmers’ Market

The Taneytown Farmers’ Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, plants, honey, homemade jams and jellies, pickles, salsa, baked goods, and crafts. They also start serving breakfast at 8 a.m. The market runs through Saturday, Nov. 4. The market is open rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parking lot of Thunderhead Bowl, 4337 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown  •