Market offers food, flowers, fellowship


July 10, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FRESH PRODUCE, colorful flowers and homemade baked goods are a few of the items you will find at the fourth annual Mount Airy Farmers' Market from 4: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the north parking lot next to the Farmers and Mechanics Bank on Main Street.

The Farmers' Market will continue through the last Tuesday in September and offers a variety of items for the home and the taste buds.

"We all enjoy what we do, and we really enjoy talking with the people who stop by here," says Mary Hershelman, market organizer for the second year in a row. "We have quite a few repeat customers."

Hershelman is also a vendor, offering fresh-cut herbs and flowers, organic produce and hop plants for home brewers. Sweet basil, rosemary and a mint-herb flavoring packet for iced tea are available.

While visiting the market, you will find the Bauman family selling tomatoes, red beets, green beans, homemade fudge and pies. Carefully cross-stitched towels and woven items are also for sale, all made by family members. The Baumans have been with the Farmers' Market since it began and are also involved with several other markets in Frederick and Carroll counties.

Leslie Gilbert can help you choose unusual and colorful plants from among her potted and cut greenery. Columbine, rose campion, sedum, flowering maples and globe artichokes are among the plants she sells. Gilbert is a graduate student in horticulture in the Master Gardener program at the University of Maryland.

"I originally started doing this as my internship for school, and I had so much fun doing it," says Gilbert. "I love growing things, and this gives me a chance to introduce plants that I like to other people."

She also brings extra produce from her garden to sell.

If homemade bread makes your mouth water, then Carolyn Starin and her family can send you home with fresh-baked honey wheat, raisin and French breads as well as cinnamon rolls and homemade granola. Starin mills her own wheat, uses raw or whole ingredients and makes everything fresh with no preservatives .

This is the family's third year selling at the market, and it is truly a family venture, involving the help of her husband and their five children. The oldest son and daughter not only help with the baking and packaging, but also as cashiers.

"We love meeting the people here," Starin says. "These are really healthy products, and it's the way we eat at home. It doesn't get any healthier than this."

Richard and Mary Bailey have come to the market for two years to sell their baked goods and originally designed birdhouses.

"After all the hard work's done, it's nice to just sit down and enjoy the company of people. Everyone here is just like a big family; it's so nice," Mary Bailey said.

Red velvet cake, pineapple upside-down cake and mini-pies are available, but the blueberry bread and lemon meringue pie are the top sellers, according to Mary Bailey.

The rustic birdhouses designed by the Baileys and built by Richard Bailey feature antique license plate rooftops and 80-year-old barn wood.

According to Hershelman, Gilbert will conduct a butterfly gardening demonstration with plant specials and handouts on Aug. 4. Hershelman will give a fresh topiary demonstration on July 28.

Information: 301-829-1478 or e-mail to

Winfield fireworks

Don't forget the last two nights of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department's annual carnival.

Tonight, Red Hot Country plays on the stage. Then, when it gets dark, the fire company will light up the sky with a fireworks display.

Tomorrow, Pikesville Rye, a popular country group, will perform. This is also the last chance to get raffle tickets for the drawings at the end of the carnival.

Dinners are served in the fire hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and food is also sold on the carnival grounds.

The carnival grounds are next to South Carroll High School on Old Liberty Road. Information: 410-795-1333.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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