Here in Carroll County we are spoiled in that we have so many options for fresh, locally-sourced produce, meats, baked goods and craft items at farmers’ markets that take place around the county, throughout the week. In addition to products for sale, many of the markets offer live entertainment, demonstrations and activities for children. Make a point to check them out regularly, you won’t regret it. To learn more about the local farmers’ markets and other ways to shop local, check out Due to the coronavirus outbreak response, please be sure to check the market websites for updates.

In its 49th year, the Carroll County Farmers’ Market is the second-oldest in the county and offers everything from local wines and bourbon, meats, cheeses, handmade baked goods, dips, jams, jellies, candies, farm-fresh eggs, produce and handmade crafts. Special events include the Easter Show on April 11 and the Mother’s Day and Rhododendron Show on May 9. Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster • Open Saturdays through mid-December (Spring/Winter 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Summer/Fall 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) •

The Carroll Hospital Center Farmers’ Market features a selection of fresh local produce and baked goods. It offers a unique weekday opportunity to shop for fresh and local foods. Set up right on the hospital’s campus, this market is a great way for the hospital to promote health and wellness to its staff, visitors and the community. Carroll Hospital Center Parking Garage (third level), Westminster • Open Thursdays June – Sept. (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) •

The Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market is the county’s oldest producer-only and longest continuous market with 27 full weeks of operation. The market carries prepared foods, baked items, cheeses, dog treats, local wine, flowers, produce and meats from about two dozen vendors. There is also live music and free Wi-Fi. Railroad Avenue, Westminster • Open Saturdays spring through fall (8 a.m.-noon) •

The Hampstead Farmers’ Market has local vendors offering local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, fresh-cut flowers, coffee, crab cakes, baked goods and other delights. Craft vendors offer jewelry, soaps, stained glass and crocheted items. Visitors will also enjoy live music demonstrations. Opening day scheduled for June 6. Hampstead Fire Department Grounds, 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead • Open Saturdays June – Sept. (8:30 a.m.-noon) •

The more than two dozen vendors sell crafts and food, offering items such as fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honey and crab cakes. There is a pizza maker on site who uses fresh ingredients from other vendors to make unique pizzas. Roughly half of the vendors are there weekly, while the other half rotate out on a part-time basis to keep the market offerings fresh and new each week. Food and nutrition demonstrations and live music are also part of the attraction. Opening day is scheduled for May 13. 3 N. Main St., Mt. Airy (Behind the Historic Mount Airy Train Station) • Open Wednesdays May 13 – Sept. 30 (3 p.m.-7 p.m.) •

The Sykesville Farmers’ Market is located on Baldwin Drive close to the Main Street shops and attractions, so that the event can become a community gathering which supports all of Sykesville’s local merchants. Along with over 40 food and craft vendors offering local produce, herbs, olives, meats, baked goods, and jewelry, the market provides family-friendly entertainment to keep the kids engaged as well. The Junior Market will return this year, entirely operated by the kids. Baldwin Drive, Sykesville • Open Sundays May 17 – Oct. 25 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) •

The Taneytown Farmers’ Market is small but growing, and hoping to become the go-to market for local residents. The market currently has produce, fresh-cut flowers, herbs, potted plants, baked goods, cheese and a few crafts as well. With a consistent location and potential new vendors in the works, the market plans to grow and offer new items throughout the season and in the years to come. 501 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown • Open Saturdays May 30 – Sept. 26 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) •