The Port Towns Farmers Mercado is a new weekly people’s farmers marketplace with a multicultural flavor. The Port Towns Farmers Mercado will be located at 4521 Kenilworth Avenue, Bladensburg for the 2016 season at the busy Three Brothers Plaza shopping center. The goal of the market is to provide better fresh food access to the residents of the Port Towns and Prince George’s County!
The mercado will operate Saturdays from 11:00 to 3:00 from June 4 to September 24 2016.
You’ll be able meet local farmers, support local food businesses, get your fresh, local produce and tasty foods, hear live music, and fun for kids. We also plan to have cooking demonstrations.
Once again, market vendors will take WIC and Farmers Market Fruit and Vegetable Checks and customers can use SNAP/EBT to buy SNAP-eligible foods. We will be offering Maryland Market Money which offers ‘double dollars’ for low income customers. These vouchers effectively double their spending at the market by matching up to $5 in spending each week.
The mercado will serve our very diverse mix of local customers, whose roots extend from the US South to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and across the African continent. Together with community groups and local municipalities, ECO City Farms is creating a market that reflects and highlights the character of the community. It will offer foods that are culturally appropriate to local tastes and palates. It will feature music, cooking demonstrations, food and nutrition education, community resource tables and activities for children and youth throughout the season.