Riva Road Farmers' Market Opens
ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 11, 2006) - The Riva Road Farmers' Market will kick off the growing season by opening on Saturday, April 15th from 7 a.m. to Noon. The market is located at the corner of Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis.
The market will remain open on Saturdays from 7 AM to Noon through December 23rd, with specially advertised events throughout the year. Beginning June 13th, the Riva Road market will also be open on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to Noon through October 10th.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Riva Road Farmers' Market. To commemorate this event, a special anniversary edition cookbook will be available to purchase. Special events will include an Annual Farm Day on June 17th, a Harvest Festival in October and a Holiday/Christmas Festival in early December.
The market began in 1981 with a handful of vendors and has grown to be the largest Farmers Market in the County with 60 seasonal vendors, all selling produce grown in Anne Arundel County.
"I am pleased to celebrate 25 years of our rich farming heritage and the economic opportunity this market has created for farmers in Anne Arundel County," said County Executive Janet S. Owens. "I have watched this market grow for the past 25 years and I am delighted with the community support of locally grown produce."
The Riva Road Farmers' Market is the first of 6 markets to open in Anne Arundel County this year. On opening day, the market expects to see over 500 visitors and will offer early season bedding plants, potted plants, hanging baskets, herbs, spring vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, cut flowers, flavored vinegars, fresh eggs, soaps and craft items. A much wider variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants will be available as the growing season progresses.
The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation has recently created an agricultural program for Anne Arundel County. The program will focus on promoting farmers markets, supporting existing agricultural programs and creatively seeking new approaches and technology to assist farmers and the agricultural community. For additional information on agriculture programs or Farmers Markets' in Anne Arundel County please contact Lisa Barge at (410) 222-7410 or go to the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation website.