From 12:30-2:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), several city students will share their bounty at a farm stand in front of the Living Classrooms Foundation on South Caroline Street. I stumbled upon the mini farmers’ market last week and am sorry that I didn’t discover it sooner.
With the capable help of Ayonna, 9, and Diamond, 11, pictured from left, both students at Johnson Square Elementary School—and under the guidance of educator Jason Madden—I purchased a jar of delicious blueberry jam ($7) and freshly made chili flakes ($2, great on pizza that week). The students' spread also included jars of pickles, pesto, salad dressing, and sauerkraut; dried herbs; fresh garlic; green peppers, and more.
The food was grown and canned by elementary- and middle-school students who are part of the BUGS (Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students) program, which teaches kids various skills to help increase their academic performance.
Ayonna and Diamond were very polite and professional in their duties, writing out a receipt for my purchases and marking the transaction in an inventory book.
Tomorrow is the last day for the downtown farm stand, but the students also have a table at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, Jason said. You can check out the wares from 4-8 p.m. at 4500 Harford Rd., between the Safeway parking lot and Zeke’s Coffee—and help a really worthwhile cause.