Cross Street Farmers’ Market Opens this Saturday in Federal Hill with More Than 20 Local Vendors

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Cross Street Farmers’ Market will debut this Saturday from 8am to 12pm on the south side of the unit block of E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The farmers’ market is a partnership between the management team of Cross Street Market and Federal Hill Main Street (FHMS). It will run from from May 4th to October 26th.

Cross Street Market is being developed and leased by CSM Ventures, LLC, a partnership between developer Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev, with construction and property management by MacKenzie. The 31,800 sq. ft., block-long market is still owned by Baltimore Public Markets Corporation.

The Cross Street Farmers’ Market will have more than 20 vendors, all based out of Maryland and Pennsylvania, with many from Baltimore and its surrounding counties. In Spring 2018, CANAdev’s Andy Weaver, who also serves as Marketplace Manager at Cross Street Market, began recruiting vendors for the farmers’ market.

Vendors were selected to “exhibit a variety of local food artisanship and to complement the offerings inside Cross Street Market.” CSM Ventures, LLC is excited the farmers’ market gives a nod to the mid-1800s when Cross Street Market existed as an open-air market.

The Cross Street Farmers’ Market lineup includes family-run farms, start-up bakeries, and Federal Hill-based wellness brands.

Full-time vendors include:

Balti’Marons: bite-sized French macarons
Black Bottom Farm Collective: specialty produce (microgreens, mushrooms), local dairy, pantry goods
The Breadery: artisan breads and baked goods
BricknFire Pizza Co: frozen pizzas
Charm City Meadworks
Crystal Moll: original art and prints from a Federal Hill-based painter
Hillside Meadow Farm: seasonal produce
Hon’s Honey: raw local honey, beeswax-based products handmade by women survivors
Kleur Décor: handmade wreaths
Koshary by Misteka: Egyptian street food
Petal & Place: locally-grown flowers
Slate Farm Brewery: beer brewed with farm-grown hops
Sobeachy: Haitian food and fresh-pressed juices
SoBotanical: small-batch handmade skin care and aromatherapy
Vegan Soul Bakery: vegan desserts
Wight Tea: small-batch hand-blended loose leaf teas

Part-time vendors include:

Bottoms Up Bagels: small batch hand-rolled bagels and schmears to take home; sandwiches made-to-order
Bramble Baking Co.: small batch baking company driven by the seasons
MFG Toffee: small batch English walnut toffee
Schroll’s Gourmet Foods: sauerkraut
Table for Twelve: home-style baked goods (quiches, pot pies, hand pies)
The Well: chair massage, information on acupuncture and other wellness services

“Federal Hill Main Street looks forward to continuing our partnership with Cross Street Market,” said Federal Hill Main Street Executive Director Cathy Rosenbaum in a press release. “We’ve even adjusted our events calendar for 2019, so that our major events, like June’s Jazz & Blues Festival, coincide with the Farmers’ Market, making for a full day of positive outdoor activity in Federal Hill.”

The Cross Street Farmers’ Market partnership looks forward to activating a block with multiple commercial vacancies. FHMS is launching renewed beautification efforts, including a “cleaning & greening” project (landscaping, sidewalk repair, trash and graffiti removal), and staging promotional displays in the windows of vacant properties.

Cross Street Market has been closed since January and renovations began in April 2018. The market is expected to reopen in mid-May with returning tenants Fenwick Choice Meats, Steve’s Lunch, and The Sweet Shoppe. Ceremony Coffee Roasters, which is based in Annapolis, will open in late May.

Additional vendors at Cross Street Market will Annoula’s Kitchen, a modern Mediterranean soup and sandwich place from Anna Leventis, owner of SoBo Market and SoBo Café; Cans Filling Station, a craft beer concept from Will Glass of Taps Fill Station, which has locations at Mt. Vernon Marketplace and The Bourse in Philadelphia; Ono Poké, a poké and Hawaiian-style restaurant that has a location Downtown; Taco Love Grill, a family-run taqueria based in White Marsh; Burger Bar from the team at Southside Diner; Vietnamese pho restaurant from Hanover Phubs; Korean concept Rice Crook; and Haitian cuisine farmer’s market and event business Sobeachy; Pizza Di Joey, a local New York-Style pizza truck that’s opening its first brick-and-mortar shop; Pennsylvania plant-based concept Ganster Vegan Organics; and Old Line Cocktail and Wine Bar from Highlandtown distillery Old Line Spirits.

Specific vendors have not been announced yet, but Cross Street Market will also have a fried chicken stall and a “market within a market” stall which will sell farm-fresh items like produce, sauces, breads, cheese, dairy, pastas, home goods, and more.

Merchants will open through the spring and summer.

Also planned for Cross Street Market is a 5,000 sq. ft. crab house, seafood tavern, and seafood market from Alex Smith’s Atlas Restaurant Group. It will take the former space of Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood at the S. Charles St. entrance. The lease on this space is still being finalized and it is expected to open in April 2020.

Four spaces remain available for lease. Once complete, Cross Street Market will have 22 merchants.

Read SouthBMore.com’s articles detailing the different aspects of the Cross Street Market redevelopment here.

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