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Baltimore Farmers Market & Feast of St. Anthony Festival in Little Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be another great day in Baltimore exploring two cool outdoor events in the same area.  The Farmers Market is our first stop starting at 10:00 am, and then we'll walk over to catch the Feast of St. Anthony Festival around 12:00 pm.  Come hungry because this all-day event is about experiencing tasty foods, buying fresh produce, and finding room in your stomach to eat more.  We'll also find time to drink some wine in honor of the Saint...

Our SHR group did this event last August for the Feast of St. Gabriel and had a blast.  So this year, we'll start the festivities two months earlier in June with the Feast of St. Anthony!

Baltimore Farmers Market at 10:00 am

We'll first meet at the Farmers Market located under the I-83 freeway. One side of the market area faces Gay St. under the freeway overhead. There's a popular vendor there with a smoking grill cooking delicious sausage and beef.  The tantalizing smell and long line of customers mark the spot.  That's where we'll meet up at 10:00 am to start looking around.  Check the market aisles if you're late or don't see us.

This is not the standard farmers market found most places.  It's a Baltimore institution that's really a vibrant outdoor food emporium filling a whole city block in a huge open space under a major freeway. It runs from April to December every Sunday morning from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The market features a regular cast of local produce vendors and prepared food stalls ranging from crepes to grilled sausages, Asian specialties, curries, Cajun food, fresh orange juice, real ice cream, grilled turkey burgers, fresh-made mini-donuts, super coffee, and much more.  Mmmm....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because it's a city-regulated market with many repeat customers and selected vendors meeting high standards, people know what to expect and where to look for what they want.  It's truly what a great farmers market should be...

In addition, the Baltimore Farmers Market is always a colorful place for watching a diverse hoard of people enjoying fresh food and produce that comes from local farms in Maryland.  Getting there at 10:00 am gives us time to look around and buy what we want before the market closes down at noon.

The best plan is to walk around to see what's available, and then go back to buy what you want to eat there or take home.  Plan to spend a good hour exploring the market.  Things start winding down around 11:00 am, so don't wait till the last minute to buy what you want because the vendors will be sold out and packing to leave.

I usually park for free on a side street about two blocks away going toward Little Italy, which works well for this event since we'll be walking in that direction to the festival afterward.  I plan to drop off my produce at the car and grab some vino on the way.

Full details about the Baltimore Farmers Market, the vendors, the standards for produce, and where to park can be found on the official website:

http://www.promotionandarts.com/index.cfm?page=events&id=3

The Feast of St. Anthony Festival in Little Italy at 12:00 pm

After visiting the Baltimore Farmers Market, we'll walk a few blocks over to the Feast of St. Anthony Festival. Special thanks to Donna for alerting us to this cool street festival that typifies what we love about Baltimore.

St. Anthony was a beloved Franciscan monk, and a renowned preacher and biblical scholar in the 13th century. Unfortunately, he suffered from poor health and died when he was just 36 on June 13, 1231. Pope Gregory IX quickly made him a saint one year later in 1232.

The shrine to St. Anthony is located in Padua, Italy where he finished his life's work. Italian immigrants from that area kept their traditional Feast of St. Anthony as a festival in America to celebrate their religious and cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore's Feast of St. Anthony Festival is known for having an array of awesome Italian foods to try at street stands.  It supports the local parish of St. Leo's, and brings the neighborhood and visitors together in "la dolce vita" for an great afternoon.  So let's get our Italian spirit and zest for al fresco food, drink, and street fun going in Little Italy. We certainly won't go away hungry!

If you arrive later, look for the festival and our SHR group near St. Leo's church at the intersection of S. Exeter St. and Stiles St.

Call Jake at[masked] if you have questions or need to find out where we are.

This will be a free-flowing afternoon where we'll follow the muse that always leads us to having a good time in Baltimore.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Alison

    Sorry I missed you at the festival - too late, I guess. But I had an enjoyable time on my own watching people and eating my way through the streets. Had my fill then visited my sis in Columbia.

    June 11, 2013

  • Gina

    Thanks for hosting Jake.
    It was nice meeting a bunch of friendly people.

    June 9, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks for the ride back to my car and the "mini" tour of that side of Baltimore! :o)

      2 · June 9, 2013

    • Gina

      Hi Linda. I'm glad I could help. See you soon.

      June 10, 2013

  • Linda

    Great job Jake....you're amazing, wonderful, awesome! How's that for learning how to blend into the group and get on your good side. I'll work on the obedience thing.....check with me in a few years! Great day with a fun group!

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Jake

      Good start, Linda. But you gotta practice using ALL CAPS when saying "THANKS JAKE". We Holy Men have certain standards, ya know?? BTW, I don't need obedient wimmen, I need wimmen who get stuff that I need DONE! Damn, I really miss June Cleaver...

      June 9, 2013

    • Peggy

      Oops , THANKS JAKE . Linda and I are in training mode !

      June 10, 2013

  • Donna M

    The Baltimore Farmers Market is a feast for the 5 senses! Great afternoon in Little Italy watching bocce!

    June 9, 2013

  • Peggy

    What a fabulous day . Great people , 2 venues that were fun.
    Thanks Jake and company.

    June 9, 2013

  • Gloria

    Thanks Jake for another Bal'mer adventure.

    June 9, 2013

  • Tom

    That was fun. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thanks Jake!

    June 9, 2013

  • Linda C

    Another great SHR event. Gotta get a turkey burger next time! Thanks, Jake.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jake for a grand time -- good grub and great gab. And what pleasant weather. Could not have asked for better.

    June 9, 2013

  • Jake

    Always fun at the Baltimore farmers market and Little Italy. It's still early in the growing season, so the market didn't have the hoard of corn, melon, and tomato vendors. But the food stalls were all there and the eating was delicious. We walked over to the festival in Little Italy and got there early, so the crowds weren't huge. Had a good time hanging out eating and drinking in the street while watching the people. I'll schedule the farmers market again later in the growing season when the place is packed. Nice to meet new people at this event.

    June 9, 2013

  • Alison

    slow morning...hope to catch up with you a little later

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I can't make it. Have fun!

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hate to miss it again... have a great time!!

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hate to miss this but I have WAAAAAY too much to do to try to get my house ready to sell!!

    June 8, 2013

  • Sheri R

    Car trouble!

    June 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am pretty sure that I am going. Will know for sure tonight. If I do go, I can pick you up.

      June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Broken leg due to bike accident. There goes summer.

    June 8, 2013

  • Nancy

    Sorry, I have to cancel. Looks like I'll miss a good time!

    June 8, 2013

  • Linda

    Anyone know the best place to park to be within walking distance of all the activities? Been a while since I've gone into Baltimore.
    Thanks!!

    June 4, 2013

    • Jake

      Linda, I park on Low St. by the post office complex two blocks away. Street parking is usually available and it's close to Little Italy too.

      1 · June 8, 2013

    • Peggy

      thanks Jake..

      June 8, 2013

  • Sindi

    Sounds fun. Sorry I'll be at a wedding out of town. :(

    June 7, 2013

  • Peggy

    Hi, ill be driving from Columbia. I havent been to this area before . Thanks for including a map.
    I am new to maryland and so pleased to be attending this .
    Ill be looking for you all...:)

    June 7, 2013

  • Donna M

    Hey gang,
    You might want to bring a cooler and leave it in your car so you can keep your market purchases from spoiling in a hot car. Can't take coolers into the festival though....they do sell beer/wine at the festival AND there are a couple of wine bars in the neighborhood too if anybody cares to join me there later...hint hint.....

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to attending and making new friends.

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    drat - company coming to town - next time!

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to attending and making new friends.

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Niece's high school graduation

    May 4, 2013

  • Al L.

    Also the Hon Fest is June 8 and 9.

    March 11, 2013

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