On Saturday, April 24th Pike Central Farm Market will reopen for its 10th season. Over 30 vendors will be at the market this year. The market features fresh fish and seafood, cheese, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, charcuterie, fermented foods, organic produce, fresh organically grown flowers and prepared foods to go. The hours are 9:00 am -1:30 pm every Saturday at Pike & Rose.
Covid protocols are still in place so masks are required to enter the market.
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.
“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 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 MeatCrafters 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
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.
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
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.
YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP
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.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
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!