Thursday’s Washington Post had an article about the new Amish Farmer’s Market in Upper Marlboro, MD. When I was living in Beltsville and Silver Spring I used to go the Dutch Farmer’s Market in Burtonsville. But after moving to Upper Marlboro during the late 90’s I didn’t go there that often. So after reading about the new market being closer to home I decided to check it out this morning. That place is huge. All that food and of course the place was very crowded.
I walked around the market twice cause it was so crowded. It’s definitely alot more spacious than the Burtonsville market.
Amish Farmers Market Opens in Upper Marlboro
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Prince George’s area shoppers will find an array of fresh produce, homemade candies and other foods and even custom-designed furniture at a new 30,000-square-foot farmers market that opened last Thursday in Upper Marlboro.
The Dutch Village Farmers Market, the anchor of Marlboro Village Shopping Center, at 5030 Brown Station Rd., features 12 vendors, all of whom are Amish or Mennonite, from the Lancaster County, Pa., area.
About 22,000 square feet of the market is devoted to food: raw fruits and vegetables, freshly-squeezed juices and ciders, steroid-free meats, dairy products, homemade chocolates and potato chips, as well as a food court with breakfast and lunch buffets and food stands offering barbecued chicken and ribs, chicken corn soup, fried chicken wings and more.
Furniture and crafts, including handmade quilts, are spread across the other 8,000 square feet. Some vendors also offer made-to-order furniture for shoppers with unique requests.
Elom Petersheim, a spokesman for the market, said vendors discovered the Upper Marlboro building in early spring last year while looking for a place to relocate their popular Burtonsville market. The Montgomery County market has drawn thousands of shoppers from throughout the metropolitan area for the past two decades.
The vendors decided that Upper Marlboro was too far to serve as a replacement for the Burtonsville operation but would make a good second location, Petersheim said. The Burtonsville market is in a shopping center that is set to be razed and redeveloped. Vendors expect to relocate in late summer, Petersheim said.
The Upper Marlboro market will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Prince George’s Gazette.com also has an article about the opening of the new Dutch Market. The Burtonsville store is suppose to be closing. But the good news is that the Burtonsville Dutch Market will be relocated to Laurel.
Petersheim said the group will also set up another market on Route 1 in Laurel later this year to serve more of their Burtonsville customers.