Vendors

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm (meats)

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm is family owned and operated. Though their usual product includes all natural, preservative free meats such as beef, pork, goat, rabbit, chicken, turkey, lamb, and free brown brown eggs, they also bring pumpkins and gourds when in season. Country Vittles also sells pasteurized, non-homogenized whole goats milk.

Their beef is born, raised and finished naturally on their farm. Their cow herd consists of purebred Herefords and Hereford Influenced Baldies. All are bred to their purebred Hereford bulls. The beef is pasture raised on a diet of grass, haylage and corn silage when needed. They do not use any hormones to raise any of their meats; therefore, they are all natural. Their beef hangs for at least 21 days to insure a tender and flavorful cut of meat.

Accepts Credit Cards

Cove Point Winery (wine)

Cove Point Winery is the oldest winery in southern Maryland and thirteenth oldest in the state. Entering its eleventh year, Cove Point has grown from a couple tanks in the basement to a full warehouse in vineyard.  They make a wide variety of wines: dry whites, dry reds, light and sweet wines, and several delicious wines.  All told they make thirty wines and would love to introduce you to them.

Cove Point Winery will be in attendance at the market on the following days:

April 1st, 4th, 8th, 22nd & 29th
May 6th & 13th
June 3rd & 24th
July 1st, 15th & 22nd
August 5th, 12th & 26th
September 2nd, 9th & 23rd
October 7th & 14th
November 4th, 11th, & 18th

Cove Point Winery Website
Cove Point Winery Facebook Page
Cove Point Winery on Yelp

Dress It Up Dressing (salad dressings)

Dress It Up Dressing has a line of four salad dressings, which are all natural, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Currently, Dress It Up Dressing is based in Bethesda, Maryland, and makes their dressings in Pennsylvania, but they are in the midst of relocating production to Maryland. Dress It Up Dressing uses only simple, clean ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, organic vinegars, garlic, and salt. They believe your dressing should be as healthy as your salad.

Dress It Up Dressing Facebook Page

Girardot’s Crumbs Bakery (breads)

Girardot’s Crumbs is an artisan bakery based in DC that produces fine European Style Crust breads and sweets.  Girardot’s Crumbs sells their products strictly in DC-area farmers markets. Made with the finest, all natural ingredients, their breads have delighted market customers for the last eight years.

Girardot’s Crumbs Bakery Facebook Page

McCleaf’s Orchards (produce)

McCleaf’s is a 6th generation family farm. The 52 acre historic farm grows apples, peaches, plums, apricots, pears, cherries, pluots, kiwi berries, other unique fruit offerings as well as a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.

McCleaf’s Orchard has a strong commitment to growing food as sustainably as possible. They practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM), minimizing the use of chemicals by reducing destructive insects in the orchards, while at the same time maintaining a health quality product.

Their commitment to sustainable farming and providing great produce for generations is made evident by earning a Pennsylvania Preserved Farm designation in 2008.

McCleaf’s Orchard Website
McCLeaf’s Orhcard Facebook Page
@McCleafsOrchard on Twitter

Accepts Credit Cards

Randalia Beehive (honey and beeswax products)

Randalia Beehive has an apiary on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There, they produce raw, unprocessed, and chemical-free honey. They have a variety of honey including blueberry and orange blossom. Randalia also offers other beeswax products like handcrafted beeswax candles, melts, hand crafted lip balms, infused oil, and.

Randalia Beehive Online Store

Spriggs Delight Farm (goat cheese)

Spriggs Delight is a small, family owned and operated dairy goat farm located in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  Spriggs Delight makes all their products in house and by hand; artisan is in their blood.  Their herd averages at about 100 goats, all grass and hay fed. the goats live an all natural lifestyle with no antibiotics, hormones, or other artificial chemicals.  Spriggs Delight’s products, like their animals, are all natural and contain no preservatives or artificial colorings.  Spriggs Delight strives to keep the homemade taste in everything they make.

Spriggs Delight Farm Website

Sweet Teensy (baked goods)

Sweet Teensy uses only premium ingredients, resulting in a luscious blend of refined flavors. Hand-crafted, small-batch-from-scratch Sweet Teensy cookies, cup-cakes and custom cakes are a delight in every exquisite bite–the perfect gift for friends, associates and loved ones. The best flour, rich chocolate and natural flavorings are blended with farm-fresh eggs and pure creamery butter to create a sublime sensation. Sweet Teensy baked goods are free of trans fats, preservatives and artificial colorings. Whole-hearted foods, artfully packaged, just for you!

Sweet Teensy Website
Sweet Teensy Facebook Page
Sweet Teensy on Yelp

Accepts Credit Cards

Valencia’s Produce (produce)

Valencia’s is a small scale farm located in historic Westmoreland County, Virginia. They grow seasonfal fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of herbs. Valencia’s practices Integrated Pest Management, an environmentally sensitive and reduced-chemical method of pest management, to healthily grow their crops,  Their wide variety of fruits and vegetables include asparagus, black-eyed peas, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe melon, watermelon, sweet corn, cucumbers, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce mixes and herbs.

Valencia’s Produce Facebook Page

Accepts Credit Cards

FAQs

The Market

  • When and where will the Farmers Market be held? The Farmers Market at Maryland will be held every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm in front of Cole Student Activities Building. The 2015 Season begins March 25, 2015 and ends November 18, 2015.
  • How long will the Farmers Market run? The market will run through November. The final market of the 2015 season is November 18, 2015.
  • Will the market ever be cancelled? The market will be held rain or shine. However, severe weather, or the threat of severe weather, may force us to cancel a market for everyone’s safety. When possible, notice of a cancellation will be posted on the website and on our Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • Why should I shop at a farmers market? Farmers markets provide an opportunity to purchase food directly from local farms. Local food is full of flavor, harvested at its nutritional peak, and available at the market soon after. It doesn’t travel long distances, so buying from local farms also reduces the environmental impact of bringing food to your table (the average food item travels about 1,500 miles to reach us) while providing support for the local economy.
  • Who is sponsoring the Farmers Market at Maryland? The Farmers Market at Maryland is organized and managed by the Department of Dining Services.
  • Why host a farmers market on campus when there are other markets available in the College Park area? We believe it is important to introduce students to the health and environmental benefits of shopping at farmers markets. We hope to teach them how to use local farm products to create healthy meals and support sustainable agriculture. We believe our community of nearly 40,000 students, faculty, and staff will see value in having convenient access to a weekly farmers market on campus.
  • Is the market open to the public? Yes, everyone is welcome at The Farmers Market at Maryland.
  • How can students help with the farmers market? One of the best ways students can support the market is by coming to the market and buy products from the farmers. Use your voice and your social network to tell your friends to visit and shop at the market. Students can also volunteer to assist the farmers and market manager with weekly market staffing, setup and cleanup
Our Vendors

  • What does it mean to be a “local” farmer? All of our vendors are traveling from no more than 250 miles away.
  • Is the market a “producers only” market? Yes, our vendors are only permitted to sell items which they themselves have grown or produced.
  • What can I buy at the market? You are able to purchase a wide variety of fresh produce, free range eggs, meats such as beef, goat, lamb and chicken, artisan breads, pickles, baked goods, and pastries.
  • Do the vendors sell “organic” food? There are very few “certified organic” farmers in this area, and none of our current vendors are certified. However, all of our farmers are using sustainable farming practices as much as possible. We encourage shoppers to ask the farmers about their farming methods.
  • Is the food safe to eat? Yes. Our vendors must comply with all federal, state, and local health and safety requirements and hold appropriate permits or certificates.
Parking & Directions

  • Where is the Farmers Market? The Farmers Market is located along Campus Drive directly in front of Cole Student Activities Building (also referred to as Cole Fieldhouse, next to the Stamp Student Union)
  • How do I get to the Farmers Market? The Maryland campus is pedestrian-friendly, and we encourage walking to the market, if possible, to limit the impact on the environment. You can plan your route using TerpNav Enter “Cole Student Activities Building” as the destination location. There is parking and public transit options also available. See below.
  • Is parking available? Yes, pay-by-space parking is available nearby in the Union Lane Garage. Download a map for location, hours and rates.
  • What are my public transportation options to get to the market? Both Metro buses and Shuttle-UM share a covered stop in front of Cole Student Activities Building. Metro buses with a drop-off near Cole – C2, C8, J4, and F6. Metrorail stations served by Shuttle-UM – College Park Metro station, West Hyattsville, Prince George’s County Plaza, and Silver Spring.
Payment Options

  • Will credit cards be accepted? The ability to accept credit cards varies vendor by vendor, but several of our vendors are able to accept credit cards. Specifically, McCleaf’s Orchards, Country Vittles, Picnic Gourmet Spreads, Goldilocks Goodies, and Valencia Produce are all able to accept credit cards. Capitol One and SECU ATM machines are located on the ground floor of Stamp Student Union.
  • Can I pay with my Terrapin Express card? No, our vendors cannot accept Terrapin Express.
  • Are farmers market nutrition program (FMNP) vouchers accepted? Yes. Both of our produce vendors – McCleaf’s Orchards and Valencia Produce accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, both Maryland WIC FMNP vouchers and Senior FMNP vouchers.
  • Are SNAP benefits accepted? No. We are not yet licensed to accept SNAP vouchers.