Downtown College Park Farmers Market

4500 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740
downtowncollegeparkmarket.org
(240) 487-3543
Sun: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Details: Credit Cards, Free Parking
The Downtown College Park Farmers Market will open for the 2016 season on Sunday, April 24, 2016.

The market started in 2011 as an effort to increase access to fresh produce in the heart of the City for both residents and students at the University of Maryland. The market continues to grow as each season has seen an increase in both customers and vendors. The market emphasizes locally-grown fruit and vegetables as all produce must be from within a 150-mile radius of the market.

The market is open on Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm during the season, which runs from April to November each year.

In addition to a diverse set of vendors, the market features weekly events such as chef demos, children's events, and educational booths.

The market takes place in the City Hall Parking Lot at 4500 Knox Road. Free parking is available on Sundays, including the downtown parking garage on the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue.

The market is sponsored in a combined effort by the City of College Park and the Downtown College Park Management Authority. In order to support the Downtown merchants and the keep the neighborhood thriving please stop by their shops before and after the market.

Some vendors accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks and WIC Fruit & Vegetable Checks. Participating vendors will have official signage at their tent.

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Current Vendors

All Things Olive

All Things Olive

Offering olive oils and vinegars, All Things Olive joins the market in 2
Offering olive oils and vinegars, All Things Olive joins the market in 2

Bear's Made

Bear\'s Made

New for the 2015 season,
New for the 2015 season,

Bill's Backyard BBQ

Bill\'s Backyard BBQ

College Park\'s favorite BBQ purveyor specializing in b
College Park's favorite BBQ purveyor specializing in b

'Chups

\'Chups

New to the market in 2015, \'Chups sells fruit-based sauces and dips made to enhanc
New to the market in 2015, 'Chups sells fruit-based sauces and dips made to enhanc

Cove Point Winery

Cove Point Winery

Joining the market from Calvert County, Cove Point Winery was the first licensed winery in Southern Maryland and
Joining the market from Calvert County, Cove Point Winery was the first licensed winery in Southern Maryland and

Dell-icious Gourmet Popcorn

Dell-icious Gourmet Popcorn

Kettle corn made fresh on-site at the market each week.
Kettle corn made fresh on-site at the market each week.

Dicot Farm

Dicot Farm

This new, small farm from Waldorf is joining the market in 2015 and will expand their offerings throughout the
This new, small farm from Waldorf is joining the market in 2015 and will expand their offerings throughout the

District Spice

District Spice

New to the market in 2015, Dis
New to the market in 2015, Dis

Elated Harmonies Massage

Elated Harmonies Massage

Beginning April 19th, Elated Harmonies Massage will offer 10 or 15-minute seated chair massages targeting stress a
Beginning April 19th, Elated Harmonies Massage will offer 10 or 15-minute seated chair massages targeting stress a

El Taco Loco and Crepes

El Taco Loco and Crepes

New in 2015, they will offer authentic mexican food including tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Additionally, they will offer up to 20 different crepe options all prepared onsite.
New in 2015, they will offer authentic mexican food including tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Additionally, they will offer up to 20 different crepe options all prepared onsite.

Gentle Flours

Gentle Flours

With all products made from gluten-free ingredients, this bakery offers a variety of breads including French baguettes, Whole-grain, Pumpernickel, classic
With all products made from gluten-free ingredients, this bakery offers a variety of breads including French baguettes, Whole-grain, Pumpernickel, classic

Great Shoals Winery

Great Shoals Winery

After releasing
After releasing

IceGreen Snowballs

IceGreen Snowballs

Perfect for the summer heat, IceGreen Snowballs overs a frozen treat in nearly twenty flavors.
Perfect for the summer heat, IceGreen Snowballs overs a frozen treat in nearly twenty flavors.

Karing Kakes

Karing Kakes

Offering a variety of homemade products including cupcakes, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies, muffins, granola, bagels, and more.

































http://www.karingkakes.com/

Larry's Produce

Larry\'s Produce

Virginia-grown vegetables including daikon, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, rhubarb, beets and potatoes. The list goes on and on! Make your entire dinner from this table alone, Jose and his sons will get you everything you need!
Virginia-grown vegetables including daikon, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, rhubarb, beets and potatoes. The list goes on and on! Make your entire dinner from this table alone, Jose and his sons will get you everything you need!

Karla's Mixed Media Studio

Karla\'s Mixed Media Studio

Karla joins the market for the 2015 season with a variety of unique art and jewelry, including acrylic paintings, mixed media, cardboard art, cards, necklaces, and more.

http://kmmsart.com/

Miller Farms

Miller Farms

The market\'s founding vendor, Miller Farms is a 247-acre farm in Prince George\'s County that has been family owned since 1840. In addition to the fresh produce they
The market's founding vendor, Miller Farms is a 247-acre farm in Prince George's County that has been family owned since 1840. In addition to the fresh produce they

P.A. Bowen Farmstead

P.A. Bowen Farmstead

Located in Prince George\'s County, the farm offers a variety of products including raw milk cheeses, beef, chicken,
Located in Prince George's County, the farm offers a variety of products including raw milk cheeses, beef, chicken,

Phil's Dills Gourmet Pic

Phil\'s Dills Gourmet Pic

Shahla Abdi Antique Trade Bead Jewelry

Shahla Abdi Antique Trade Bead Jewelry

A resident of University Park, Shahla joins the market in 2015 with
A resident of University Park, Shahla joins the market in 2015 with

Spriggs Delight Farm

Spriggs Delight Farm

New to the market in 2015, this dairy goat farm is home to a variety of  award winning goat cheeses. The farm is locat
New to the market in 2015, this dairy goat farm is home to a variety of award winning goat cheeses. The farm is locat

Stone Hearth Bakery

Stone Hearth Bakery

Located in Frederick, Stone Hearth Bakery joins the market for the 2015 season with a wide variety of breads, baked goods, and even empanadas.

The
Located in Frederick, Stone Hearth Bakery joins the market for the 2015 season with a wide variety of breads, baked goods, and even empanadas.

The

Thunder Beast

Thunder Beast

True Honey Teas

True Honey Teas

Single serve teas sweetened with natural local honey in each pod. The company i
Single serve teas sweetened with natural local honey in each pod. The company i

Undone Chocolate

Undone Chocolate

Undone Chocolate is a bean to bar, craft chocolate maker in Washington, DC.  They make small batches of antioxidan
Undone Chocolate is a bean to bar, craft chocolate maker in Washington, DC. They make small batches of antioxidan

Market Newsletter

During the season a weekly newsletter is distributed to highlight events taking place at the market and which vendors will be in attendance.

Market Recipes

From spicy salsa with watermelon to strawberry mocktails — enjoy these farmer-tested market recipes!

Prospective Vendors

The Downtown College Park Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the 2015 season, which will begin on April 12th. Interested vendors are required to submit the following items to be considered:

  • Completed vendor application including a list of all products to be sold at the market in 2015.
  • Signed vendor handbook certifying the vendor has read, understands, and will abide by the market guidelines.
  • Proof of insurance that meets the requirements established on page 5 of the vendor handbook.
  • All applicable permits and licenses required by the State of Maryland, Prince George's County, and/or the state from where the product comes.

If you have any questions please contact Michael Stiefvater, Economic Development Coordinator, at 240-487-3543 or mstiefvater@collegeparkmd.gov.

This Week at the Market

The market is currently closed for the season but will open on Sunday, April 12th.

Live Music with Birds on a wire from 11:00-1:00

Live Music with Birds on a wire from 11:00-1:00

Weekly Trivia Answers

NOVEMBER 16th

Question 1: About how old are maple trees before they are ready to be tapped?

A) 20 years

B) 30 years

C) 40 years

 

Question 2: Choose the two ways that maple sap is collected to make syrup.

A) In buckets hanging from spouts.

B) With a knife and maple press.

C) Plastic tubing and vacuum pumps.

 

 

NOVEMBER 9th

Question 1: More foods are made with this grain than any other cereal grain.

A) Corn

B) Rice

C) Wheat

 

Question 2: Which state produces the most wheat?

A) Kansas

B) Ohio

C) Illinois

 

 

NOVEMBER 2nd

Question 1: How many varieties of potatoes are grown in the United States?

A) 3

B) 5

C) 7

 

Question 2: What percentage of the potato crop is turned into frozen fries?

A) 20%

B) 32%

C) 40%

 

 

OCTOBER 26th

Question 1: True or False - Pumpkin flowers are edible.

 

Question 2: True or False - Pumpkins are fruits.

 

 

OCTOBER 19th

Question 1: After dairy products, what is the most consumed food in the U.S.?

A) Tomatoes

B) Potatoes

C) Corn

 

Question 2: Roughly how many new dairy products are introduced each year?

A) 200

B) 600

C) 1,000

 

 

OCTOBER 12th

Question 1: Which animals are sometimes used to guard large herds from predators?

A) Llamas

B) Donkeys

C) Dogs

D) All of the above

 

Question 2: True or False - a cow is more valuable for its milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt than for its beef.

 

 

OCTOBER 5th

Question 1: True or False - produce from a farmers market is often more expensive than produce at a grocery store.

 

Question 2: For a produce to be labeled "organic," what is the minimum percentage of organic content it must include?

A) 50%

B) 75%

C) 95%

 

 

SEPTEMBER 28th

Question 1: Which of these countries are top apple producers around the world?

A) United States

B) China

C) Poland

D) All of the above

 

Question 2: Which of these is the largest yearly producer of eggs?

A) United States

B) China

C) Canada

 

 

SEPTEMBER 21st

Question 1: How many apples does it take to create one gallon of apple cider?

A) 12

B) 24

C) 36

 

Question 2: True or False - Apples account for 30% of the international deciduous fruit tree produce.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 14th

Question 1: What was the weight of the largest apple ever picked?

A) 2.75 lbs

B) 3 lbs

C) 5.25 lbs

 

Question 2: Which of these apple varieties is native to North America?

A) McIntosh apple

B) Crab apple

C) Victory apple

 

 

SEPTEMBER 7th

Question 1: True or False - apples are a member of the rose family.

 

Question 2: Apple trees grow for how many years before producing their first fruit?

A) 2-3 years

B) 4-5 years

C) 8-10 years

 

 

AUGUST 31st

Question 1: What was the highest price ever paid for a single truffle?

A) $24,000

B) $265,000

C) $330,000

 

Question 2: True or False - there are more species of fungi on the planet than green plants?

 

 

AUGUST 24th

Question 1: True or False - In 1995, potato plants were taken into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was grown in space.

 

Question 2: One medium potato contains what percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C?

A) 15%

B) 30%

C) 45%

 

 

AUGUST 17th

Question 1: True or False - pears, like many fruits, ripen halfway on the tree and then are picked and sold.

Correct answer: pears are one of the few fruits that don't ripen on the tree. They are picked when they are mature, but not yet ripe.

 

Question 2: Which of these states is a top producer of pears in America?

A) Oregon

B) Virginia

C) Florida

 

 

AUGUST 10th

Question 1: When does the U.S. typically harvest pears?

A) July - August

B) August - October

C) September - November

 

Question 2: How many varieties of pears are there?

A) 500

B) 2,500

C) 5,000

 

 

AUGUST 3rd

Question 1:  Which of these has the highest natural source of dietary fiber?

A) Lettuce

B) Soybean

C) Broccoli

 

Question 2: Which two of these contain 90% or more water?

A) Pumpkin

B) Watermelon

C) Peach

 

 

 

JULY 27th

Question 1:  In the 17th century, farmers in New York City built a wall to keep pigs from roaming. The street running along this wall was called:

A) 6th Avenue

B) Bowery

C) Wall Street

 

Question 2: Which two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States?

A) Thomas Jefferson

B) John Adams

C) Jimmy Carter

D) Bill Clinton

 

 

JULY 20th

Question 1:  A cow produces an average of _____ gallons of milk daily.

A) 2.4

B) 3.7

C) 5.3

D) 6.3

 

Question 2: True or False, the average American consumes 35 gallons of milk per year.

Correct answer: 25 gallons per year.

 

 

JULY 13th

Question 1: True or False, eggs contain all the essential protein, minerals, and vitamins the human body needs.

 

Question 2: Eggs are porous, so up to how many pores can they have over their surface.

A) 10,000

B) 17,000

C) 43,000

 

 

JULY 6th

Question 1: Scientists believe the watermelon originated on which continent?

A) Africa

B) Asia

C) South America

 

Question 2: True or False: thumping the side of the fruit and listening to the sound it makes is the best way to tell if a fruit is ripe.

Correct way - sniff the produce as fruits tend to be the most fragrant when they are at their peak flavor.

 

 

JUNE 29th

Question 1: When is the best time to buy produce from a farmers market?

A) Early morning

B) Noon

C) Late in the day

 

Question 2: How should you clean fruits before eating them?

A) Spritz in a peroxide-water spray

B) Soak in soapy water

C) Wash under cool water

D) There is rarely a need to wash fruit

 

 

JUNE 22nd

Question 1: Which of these provides the most concentrated source of potassium?

A) Potato

B) Broccoli

C) Banana

D) Orange

 

Question 2: What percentage of potato nutrition is found in the skin?

A) 10%

B) 20%

C) 40%

D) 60%

 

 

JUNE 15th

Question 1: How long has the oldest farmers market in the U.S., the Lancaster Central Market in Pennsylvania, been in operation?

A) 78 years

B) 172 years

C) 201 years

D) 255 years

 

Question 2: Which of these is a good reason to buy produce from a farmers market?

A) You are supporting a small business.

B) You know where your food is coming from.

C) Local produce is typically the freshest and tastiest available.

D) All of the above.

 

 

JUNE 8th

Question 1: What is the most consumed melon in the U.S.?

A) Cantaloupe

B) Watermelon

C) Honeydew

 

Question 2: What percent of watermelon is water?

A) 50%

B) 70%

C) 90%

 

 

JUNE 1st

Question 1: Of the produce in season at the market in June, which has the highest amount of calcium?

A) Rhubarb

B) Green beans

C) Blackberries

D) Summer squash

 

Question 2: True or False - One cup of strawberries offers more vitamin C than an orange.

 

 

MAY 25th

Question 1: True or False - Due to the scarcity of coffee beans during the Civil War, soybeans were used in their place to make coffee.

 

Question 2: Soybeans are used to produce which of the following:

A) Ink to print newspapers

B) Plastics

C) Textiles

D) All of the above

 

 

MAY 18th

Question 1: What percentage of the world's food supply is affected by honey bee pollination?

A) 20-40%

B) 50-80%

C) 90-100%

 

Question 2: True or False - Without honey bees it would be easy to pollinate fruits and vegetables?

 

 

MAY 11th

Question 1: Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?

A) Vegetable

B) Fruit

 

Question 2: True or false - Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

 

 

MAY 4th

Question 1: Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds _____ people, while in 1960 a farmer fed just 26 people.

A) 79

B) 134

C) 155

 

Question 2: To keep up with projected worldwide population growth, more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years as the past ____ years combined.

A) 1,000

B) 5,000

C) 10,000

 

 

APRIL 27th

Question 1: What percentage of total land area in the U.S. is farmland?

A) 32%

B) 41%

C) 67%

 

Question 2: Which of these is the largest farmers market in the U.S.?

A) Dane County Farmers' Market in Wisconsin

B) Santa Fe Farmers Market in New Mexico

C) Union Square Greenmarket in NYC

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