How Central Farm Markets Thrived in 2020

With help from Montgomery County, Councilmember Andrew Friedson, Governor Larry Hogan, and Federal Realty, Central Farm Markets and its Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose thrived in 2020, despite the pandemic.

Mitch Berliner, owner and founder of the fifteen-year-old Central Farm Market said that other jurisdictions, such as Virginia, closed farmers markets, but Maryland and Montgomery County realized that farmers markets were essential to maintain the local food chain and keep local farmers farming.

Mitch Berliner

“Bottom line, I’m super proud of how we handled the pandemic,” said Mitch. “We put in our own protocols before there were protocols. We enforced mask-wearing before the county did, and our patrons were extremely cooperative. As soon as we opened Pike Central in April and in our Bethesda market, we installed signs reminding people to social distance, eliminated sampling, and had one entrance/one exit to control the number of people shopping at the market. We also added prepared food ranging from Asian to vegan to Ethiopian, helping chefs and restaurants to stay afloat.”

Pike Central also offered contactless pickup and began a “farm-to-fridge” program. With volunteer help from ProFish, they’ve made thousands of deliveries since April.

Because the number of food insecure residents in Montgomery County has doubled during the pandemic, co-owner and founder Debbie Moser and Mitch made a $25,000 challenge gift to Manna Food Center, which farm market patrons generously matched. They also send produce to Manna weekly.

“I didn’t sign up for this as my retirement project; it’s not as much fun during Covid,” laughed Mitch, “but I absolutely love, love, love doing the markets.”

The Pike Central market returns to Pike & Rose April 24, but you can shop at their Sunday Bethesda Central Farm Market all year round.

The Farm Market is Back at Pike & Rose May 6!

EXCITING NEWS! The Pike District Central Farm Market is moving back to their original home at Pike and Rose.

WHERE….Parking lot of the new flagship REI Building
WHEN….Opens May 6th
TIMES….Every Saturday 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
WHAT….Over 40 farmers and artisan food producers, live music, stuff for kids, chef demos, seating, food to consume on premises and/or take home, dog friendly, free two-hour covered parking, concierge bag service, and more!
WHO….Your hosts, Mitch and Debbie

Visit WWW.CENTRALFARMMARKETS.COM to find out more and sign up for their weekly e-blast.

It’s your last chance until spring!

Pike Central Farmers Market

Last Pike Central Farm Market of the Season

Saturday, November 21 is the last day that Pike Central Farm Market will be open for the 2015 season.  The market will re-open in April 2016. Thank you for your patronage, it’s been a great year in Rockville! Their market vendors have everything you need to make your Thanksgiving meal complete – turkey, sides, desserts and everything in between.

Thanksgiving Market

Join Central Farm Market for their annual Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, November 24! The market will take place from 10am-2pm at our Pike Central location. Their vendors will have lots of special items that you can pick up for the holidays. Click here to see what’s available!
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