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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.

Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose Opens This Saturday!

The PIKE Central Farm Market is opening this weekend. Please pre-order from your favorite market vendors and review the market’s main page for contactless pick-up options, and market safety guidance. Masks are required for vendors and shoppers. https://www.centralfarmmarkets.com/preorders-at-pike-cfm/

Saturday at 9 AM – 1:30 PM

Pike & Rose 11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

Get your Thanksgiving goodies at the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose

The Pike Central Farm Market annual Thanksgiving Market will take place on Tuesday, November 20 at Pike & Rose from 10am-2pm. Come get everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinners! Pick up pre-ordered items, and fresh food will be available on the spot as well.

The following vendors will be at their Thanksgiving Market:

DMV Empanadas
Liberty Delight Farms
Metro Microgreens
Milkhouse Brewery
Number 1 Sons
Old Dominion Barbecue And Bacon Co.
Simply Delicious Desserts
Springfield Farm
Sunday Morning Bakehouse
Twin Valley Distillers
The Farm Market Bakery
Twin Springs Fruit Farm
Two Acre Farm
Westmoreland Produce

Chat with District 1 Councilmember Andrew Friedson this Saturday at the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose

Pike Central Farm Markets has invited and is hosting Councilman Andrew Friedson to meet and greet constituents this Saturday at the Pike Central Farm Market which takes place on the REI parking lot every Saturday from 9:00 AM till 1:30 PM at Pike and Rose.

Stop by our favorite farmers market and chat with our councilmember while you pick up some fresh produce and other goodies.

Are your mouths watering? The Pike Central Farm Market returns Saturday to Pike & Rose

In 2011 Pike Central Farm Market opened as an integral part of the Pike & Rose complex in North Bethesda, Maryland. Located on a parking lot next to the new REI at Pike & Rose, the farm market hosts over 40 vendors of farm-fresh meats, fruits, veggies, baked good, and so much more! You won’t want to miss one weekend of the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose.

The market features table seating, music, local Maryland winery and farm brewery tastings, kids club activities, chef demos, a special Tuesday Thanksgiving market and more.

Pike Central Farm Market April 27 – November 23, 2019 Saturdays, 9am-1:30pm

Shop local, eat local at the Pike & Rose Farm Market


The  Pike Central Farm Market is open on Saturdays from 9am-1:30pm through Thanksgiving in the parking lot next to REI at Pike and Rose. This week, pick-up local peaches, nectarines, watermelons, corn and more! As the season changes, so does the selection.


With 30 vendors, you’re sure to check off your grocery list for the week. From fresh produce to meats, cheeses, seafood and now Sunday Morning Bakehouse shop for everything you will need to create a delicious meal.


Grab a bite to eat from one of the prepared food vendors, and stay a while. From children’s activities to chef demos and live music, enjoy Saturdays in the neighborhood at PIKE Central Farm Market!

Pike Central Farm Market Opens Saturday April 28

Mark your calendars for the opening of Pike Central Farm Market Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. The market is located at Pike and Rose in the REI Parking Lot, 910 Rose Ave. There’s two hours of free parking in the convenient garage.

Enjoy live music, great farmers, free Kids Club, balloon creations for the kids and much more! Just a few more days until you can once again enjoy fresh and local food from our favorite farmer’s market.

Wow — what a week!

ICYMI, here’s some of the coverage from our very successful launch of #PickthePike:

Washington Business Journal

The Washington Post

Bethesda Magazine

Greater Greater Washington

My MC Media

We’ll be promoting #PickthePike at Saturday’s Pike Central Farmers Maket on the corner of Executive Blvd and Old Georgetown Road. Stop by our table.

And don’t forget to post about our ad and campaign on Facebook and Twitter using #PickthePike hashtag.

Look for our next #PickthePike promotion soon!



Yummy recipes from Pike Central Farm Market

Pike Central Farm Market
Wondering what to make with all the yummy food you buy at Pike Central Farm Market? You can find loads of recipes on their website, but we’re sharing a couple of especially good ones here. (And don’t forget … you can find locally grown fruit and veggies, all-natural meat, gourmet baked goods, artisan bread, fresh eggs, handcrafted soaps, and lots of other goods and food at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 to 1:30 at 5992 Executive Blvd.)
Tomato & Basil Salad
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 lb. firm tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, torn into 2-3 pieces
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Crusty bread
Combine first three ingredients; let stand at least 20 minutes.
Arrange tomato on a serving platter and top with basil. Pour oil to coat over top. Pour marinade over top. Let stand, basting occasionally, several hours. Serve with bread.
Ginger Garlic Green Beans
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 Tbsp. sunflower or safflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
Cook the beans in salt water until tender (5-7 minutes). Plunge into ice water to stop cooking, drain and dry on paper towels.
Stir together rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Heat a large skillet with safflower oil and add in garlic. When the garlic starts to color, add the ginger. Add in the green beans and sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add the vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil mixture. Cook until the beans are glazed, then toss in the sesame seeds.