Farmer's market to Celebrate its 5-Year Anniversary

Leonardtown, MD – It’s been a true community resource for citizens since it first opened its doors in 2011. Now, the Home Grown Farmers’ Market is set to celebrate its 5-year anniversary of service to the community on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Market was created as a partnership between St. Mary’s County, local farmers and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.  The county purchased the property and completed construction of the entrance to the Market from MD Rt. 5. State cigarette restitution funds were used to build the Farmers’ Market building.  The County leases the building to the Home Grown Farmers’ Market, LLC who operate the Market.

The Market’s mission is to preserve and promote the economic viability of Southern Maryland farms, seafood and forest industries.  Since its initial opening, the Market has become a community gathering place every Saturday morning from April through mid-December. The Market, located at 21078 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, includes more than twenty vendors who sell locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat, baked goods, home baked bread, fresh roasted coffee, crafts, cut flowers and more.

The anniversary celebration kicks-off with an Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m., led by local Boy Scouts Troops and a Taste & Toast of Coffee, Wine, Bourbon or Apple Cider at 11 a.m.  Door prize drawings will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Winners need not be present.                In addition, kids can enjoy free pony rides, ice cream and shaved ice from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture Division at 240-309-4021.

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