Shoppers flock to Carroll market for food, crafts on opening day despite heat But it wasn't cornmeal weather

June 20, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Fanciful herb vinegars, pork-cooking demonstrations, cornmeal grinders and a whole lot more drew a crowd that remained steady into the early afternoon at the Carroll County Farmer's Market yesterday.

Opening day of the market's 22nd season featured the pork-cooking demonstrations, as well as Harry Hahn's assortment of old-fashioned cornmeal grinders operating in an open-sided trailer.

Mr. Hahn, of Taneytown, took up corn-grinding as a hobby several years ago.

He now takes his grinders to festivals and farmers markets around the region, selling his cornmeal in 1-pound bags for $1.

"I didn't do too well here," he said yesterday. "This isn't cornmeal weather."

But the heat didn't keep away the market-goers, who found most of the booths under shade at the Agricultural Center on Smith Avenue.

The pork cookery and snack bar were inside the air-conditioned Burns building. It was the first stop for a quick lunch for market regulars Jeff and Anita Ritter of Westminster.

Their 21-month-old daughter, Katie, nibbled a grilled cheese sandwich.

Mrs. Ritter said they come mainly for the produce, but like to look at the crafts as well.

She noted that the market didn't have much produce yet, because the season has just begun.

Vendors such as Phil Snader of Snader Farm in New Windsor said that while the strawberries and cherries are local, most vegetables that he and other farmers brought came from the Carolinas.

"We'll start gradually getting produce from the Eastern Shore," he said, until his own crops, especially corn, apples and pumpkins, start coming in later in the summer.

He said his sweet corn, his best crop, will be in by mid-July.

The Snader Farm brochure advertises its participation in the Integrated Pest Management program through the University of Maryland Extension Service. The program promotes biological and natural methods of fighting insects and diseases, with chemicals only a last resort.

The market featured a lot of perennials and herbs.

Gary Fowler of Abbottstown, Pa., offered plants such as a Persian violet and several varieties of mint, oregano, basil, rosemary and other herbs.

His flavored vinegars, in decorative glass bottles, included borage, oregano-pepper and basil.

The borage vinegar, mixed with a good-quality oil such as sesame or sunflower, is especially good as a salad dressing, he said.

"For people with sedentary office jobs, it really brightens you up for the rest of the day," he said.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 4, except for Aug. 7.

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