A Bite of Heaven
A Bite of Heaven bakery is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. Specializing in gluten-free and vegan products, we bake daily from scratch. Providing a nut-free facility, we are able to guarantee no cross-contamination with fuel kitchens. Making a family-friendly environment, everyone feels welcome at our home. You can find us on Facebook and at www.abofh.com.
Bev’s Nuts, LLC in Hampstead, Maryland is a retailer of candied spiced nuts, including almonds, walnuts and pecans. Our premium nuts are coated with meringue, covered with a cinnamon sugar mixture and then baked for maximum flavor. Once you will definitely want more.
For many years, Bev made these candied nuts for her coworkers every year at Christmas time. The techs, whom I admired so much, would see them and ask, “Are these Bev’s Nuts?!” One particular day, the techs and their new hire came into a batch of these nuts and exclaimed the usual “Are these Bev’s Nuts?!” One of the techs then introduced the nuts to the new tech, like an older sibling would introduce the world to a younger sibling. Fast forward to the annual Christmas party, where every employee was allowed to bring a plus-one. Bev made a bag for everyone, and the and the plus ones’ reactions were priceless when they found the employees had been receiving them for years.
Bev is humbled and encouraged by her coworkers’ praises. She says “My heart was so warmed with how much they loved them and would get so excited when I would bring them in. These techs are my inspiration for starting this company, and to honor them, I named it Bev’s Nuts!”
Still made by hand from a family recipe, Bev’s Nuts maintain that homemade touch. Whether you prefer them by themselves or as part of a recipe, Bev’s Nuts are sure to please! Visit us at www.bevsnuts.net or on Facebook.
Evermore Farm was founded in 1783 and is directly descended from the lands owned by Charles Carroll. Today, Evermore Farm sells its pasture-raised meats all year and has been a staple at the Farmers’ Market from the start. Evermore offers a wide array of meat options, including beef, chicken, farm-fresh eggs, lamb and pork. The farm offers different portion sizes to suit your needs (from family-friendly cuts to the whole hog). You can purchase Evermore Farm meats at the market, at its on-farm market (open year-round on Fridays and Saturdays), or you can subscribe to its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for shares in four-month increments.
For more information about Evermore Farm, visit evermorefarm.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Furnace Hills Coffee Company
Furnace Hills Coffee Company has been a staple at the Market for years, and opened its downtown shop in 2011. Dave Baldwin founded the coffee roastery on the premise of “special coffee for special people,” in honor of his daughter Erin.
“The shop was created as an opportunity for Erin to have a job,” says Baldwin of his daughter, who has Down syndrome. The company has been successful in its mission to provide both delicious coffee and a location for people with special needs to have a great place to work.
“She was just meant to come to us, and the coffee company is our way of giving back to her and the wonderful people like her,” adds Baldwin.
You’ll find coffee from Ethiopia, Honduras, and other faraway places, carefully roasted and brewed to perfection every Saturday at the market, both hot and over ice, with a special market blend also available for tasting and taking on the go. For more information about Furnace Hills Coffee Company, visit their website here!
Jeannie Bird Baking Company
JeannieBird Baking Company was founded by Jeannie and Bernie Vogel, who began offering eye-catching, mouthwatering, scratch-made baked goods at the Market in May 2011. From the start, the delicious sweets and savories were a fan favorite. The signature “butterhorns,” English muffins, granola, and even cinnamon rolls can be found at the Market every Saturday from 8am to noon. Customers also eagerly await the arrival of the lemony jam biscuits, filled with seasonal fruit or freshly made pastry cream. Jeannie and Bernie realized their dream of a brick-and-mortar bake shop in November 2014, when they opened the JeannieBird Baking Company at 42 West Main Street in downtown Westminster – to the delight of both Market customers and downtown visitors. Owner Bernie Vogel continues Jeannie’s legacy by leading his talented “Croo” to handcraft delicious offerings using Jeannie’s wonderful traditions, creative recipes, and impeccable use of locally-sourced products. JeannieBird Baking Company is open 7am to 5pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit www.jeanniebird.com or visit JeannieBird Baking Company on Facebook.
Lehigh View Farms
Lehigh View Farms is a family-owned and operated Carroll County Farm. The farm began in 2007, raising dairy and beef cattle as well as growing product and crops. The Union Bridge-based farm also offers a CSA, providing 16 weeks of produce, eggs and/or cheese. CSA pickups can occur at the farm or at the Saturday market. “The Farm began as a way for me to be home with the kids,” says Jenn Griffin, who owns the farm with her husband Wyatt. “We love farming, and we welcome questions about our farm, or even farming in general.” This week, their children will also enter the business, with “Lehigh Junior” hosting a booth at the market. Lehigh Junior will offer freshly-squeezed lemonade, brewed iced tea and water. For more information, visit http://www.lehighviewfarm.com.
MISCellaneous Distillery has made its debut to our Market in 2017. It is the first distillery to open in Carroll County since Prohibition, located on Main Street in Mount Airy. The distillery is a member of the Maryland Distillers Guild and Frederick Area Distillers. This week, MISCellaneous will bring its Restless Rye, created entirely in Carroll County.
The whisky is made with 100% rye grain, grown locally at Gravel Springs Farms and milled at Union Mills Homestead on a grist mill built in the 1800s. The product name highlights the adventurous spirit of this white whisky, and provides a reminder that this spirit has not yet “rested” in a barrel. “We are proud to introduce this Carroll County crafted product to our customers and community,” says founder and distiller, Dan McNeill. “From growing the grain, to milling, to distillation and bottling, every step has taken place here in our county.” For more information, contact Meg at email@example.com or visit www.miscdistillery.com.
Nev-R-Dun Farm is a Westminster-based certified organic farm. It has been certified organic since 2001, and provides organically grown produce to Carroll County residents such as vegetables, fruit, herbs and salad mix. The Farm continuously experiments with new varieties and heirloom vegetables to bring the most flavorful and fresh produce to market. “We use floating row covers and timely planting rather than pesticide to control crop-damaging pests, along with a constant attempt to improve the health of the soil.” says Tom Reinhardt, owner of Nev-R-Dun. Nev-R-Dun Farm first joined the Downtown Westminster Farmer’s Market in 2003 and proudly helped change the market’s direction to “producer only” in 2005.
Nev-R-Dun also offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), delivering a fresh share of products from both Nev-R-Dun and R&R Farm. For more information about Nev-R-Dun, visit www.nevrdunfarm.com, where you may also sign up for the Farm’s weekly e-newsletter.
Of The Earth Body Care
Of The Earth Body Care is a small batch maker of many products such as facial soap, cuticle balm, whipped body butter, facial moisturizer, butter balms and bars, sugar scrubs, and dog shampoos, just to name a few. Sue is a monthly vendor with us and will be here this weekend! Please be sure to stop by, say hello, and hear about her wonderful product line. We love when Sue is with us – her bright smile brings sunshine to every day! Sue will be located in the left corner between perennial favorites Tomatoes, Etc., and Orchard Country. For additional information on Sue and her products please visit www.oftheearthbodycare.com.
Old Valley Farm
Old Valley Farm is an artisan bread baker located in Taneytown. The bakery offers a wide range of breads, from rustic baguettes and crusty breads, to pretzels and rolls. Each week, Old Valley concocts new combinations of deliciousness, like pesto mozzarella, potato rosemary or farmhouse wheat sourdough. You can find the baker’s incredible loaves of lusciousness adjacent to the Food Chick and Evermore Farm at both the Westminster and Hampstead markets, and during the week at locations like MJ’s Café in Manchester during the week. For more information, visit Old Valley’s Facebook page.
Orchard Country Produce
Orchard Country Produce is a family-owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm, run by the Keckler family: Gregg, Louise, Oliver and Elisabeth. The Farm grows vegetables on 35 acres, and fruit on 40 acres. They also raise beef, chickens, hogs and turkeys.
The Farm began attending farmers’ markets in 2006, and now sells in Carroll and Howard as well as Washington DC and parts of northern Virginia. Its inventory is varied and ever growing, and includes meat, vegetables, fruit, jams, eggs and baked goods. The booth is frequented by customers of both the human and canine variety — the Farm’s bacon and cheese dog treats are a big hit with the many pups that visit the market.
Orchard Country also offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), delivering a fresh share of products, which can be picked up at the Market every Saturday. For more information about Orchard Country, visit www.orchardcountryproduce.com.
Rare Opportunity Bakehouse
Rare Opportunity Farm produces jams of distinction and delectable pastry. We use only high-quality ingredients and source those ingredients locally, whenever possible. Try any of our exquisite gourmet products and you’ll experience pure ingredients that have become purely delicious! Our retail store is located on Main Street in beautiful downtown Westminster. Visit our website at www.rareopportunityfarm.com for more information on our store hours.
Owner Scott grew up in Frederick County, traveled to Blacksburg for undergraduate work, Schenectady for corporate work, and Niger for volunteer work before settling on a farm in Rocky Ridge. After planting more than 20,000 tree seedlings along the streams, he turned his attention to soil fertility in the fields. “The clear answer to holding the soil and building organic matter was simple: rotational grazing,” says Scott.
The farm, Ruby of Rocky Ridge, produces pasture-raised protein for sale as Ruby Meat. They returned to the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market in 2017 after a few years off while Scott taught high school mathematics. At the Farmers’ Market, they offer pork and poultry. The pigs are on pasture their whole lives and fed mostly soaked barley, with treats from their garden. Pork chops, bacon, sausage, ribs, ground pork, ham, roasts, suckling pig, puddin’, and scrapple are available while supplies last. The poultry graze in the shelter of pens moved every day so that manure is left behind as fertilizer, and fresh pasture and insects are underfoot. Ruby Meat offers whole chickens for broiling or roasting, as well as chicken parts, stew birds, chicken stock packs, organs, fat, and feet. In addition to chicken, they often have duck, turkey, and goose for sale at the Market.
Shepherd's Manor Creamery
Shepherd’s Manor Creamery is Maryland’s first sheep-milking dairy farm. The creamery produces artisan sheep cheese and other products, including luxurious soaps. “Sheep’s milk cheese is lactose friendly,” says Colleen Histon, owner of the Creamery. “It’s easier to digest than cow’s milk cheese, and is rich in protein and nutrients.”
Even more, the cheese is award-winning! Earlier this month, Shepherd’s Manor entered two of its cheeses into the American Cheese Society (ACS) contest. This competition, held in Denver, featured more than 2,000 entries – and Shepherd’s Manor placed first in the Tomae placed first in the aged over 60 days sheep’s milk category, and placed third with its Fetina in the sheep’s milk feta category. Look for the ACS stickers, soon to adorn these prized cheeses! The Creamery attends our Market every other Saturday. For more information about the Creamery, visit www.shepherdsmanorcreamery.com.
Shill 'n Beri Sweets
Shill ‘n Beri Sweets was born out of love for chocolate and crunch. Sheri has always been known for her baking among friends and family, so she decided to share her chocolate guilty pleasure called Matz-A-Krack. Each small batch is made by hand with ablend of chocolate and homemade toffee on a bed of matzo. This sweet treat is wonderful just as it is or with special toppings. Special varieties change weekly, so come see what we have this week!
Be kind to your skin. Made with simple, high quality organic ingredients that heal and nurture your body. Our body butters are perfect for infants, children and anyone with sensitive skin. Simply Kind began with the mission to find a natural, minimally processed and chemical-free product to use for son my young son. After researching different recipes and ingredients, I began making my own body butter. Soon, family and friends were interested in it as well and so, Simply Kind was born. Each batch is carefully hand crafted and made with love that I hope to share with each of my customers. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
The Food Chick
The Food Chick made her debut at our Farmers’ Market in 2014. Since that time, Brooke has offered prepared, fresh foods to the delight of the market patrons – from soups and dips to chili and breads. She also has a thriving catering business and frequently found at Old Westminster Winery. In fact, you’ll find her soups there every weekend! “My favorite part of the Westminster market is the people,” says Brooke. “It’s so great to share my love of food with them.” She also gets inspired by the offerings provided by her fellow producers, and you’ll often see their products in Brooke’s recipes. “It’s so great to work together with terrific people all passionate about feeding local.” For more information about Brooke and her business, visit her website, www.thefoodchick.biz . Brooke’s menus are posted for preorder every Sunday on Facebook.
Thorne Farm is located on 25 acres, just outside Westminster, growing multiple vegetables and herbs, many of which are heirloom varieties. “We are passionate about local produce,” says Greg Thorne. “All of our vegetables are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.” The Farm also manages a small flock of long wool sheep, producing both fiber and meat. Thorne Farm also sells yarn from the flock, as well as spinning fibers, sheepskins and freezer lamb. In fact, you may also sneak a peek at Kris Thorne spinning yarn on select market days! Owners Greg and Kris also sell brown eggs from their free range laying chickens.
Tierra Blooms is a flower business owned by Jackie Coldsmith. After many trips to Latin America and witnessing its flora and fauna first hand, Jackie followed her heart to study environmental science, and, ultimately work on an organic farm. She grew organic plants, flowers and vegetables on her own farm for ten years, and then switched to cut flower farming in 2015. At the market each week, you will find Jackie with her cut flowers — in stunning, hand-crafted arrangements. Tierra Blooms also offers flower subscriptions, where CSA members may buy shares to receive these incredible bouquets either weekly or every other week. Jackie is also available to provide flowers and arrangements for weddings and special events. For more information about Jackie’s beautiful blooms, visit tierrabloomsflowers.com.
Tomatoes, Etc. is a local farm based in Westminster. Like its name, you can find far more than just tomatoes at its market stand. Each week, Tomatoes, Etc. offers a wonderful bounty of produce, ranging from cucumbers and herbs to squash and beans. It also sells Angus beef burgers, which are fresh, juicy and delicious. Tomatoes, Etc. began growing vegetables in 1995. The farm also sells at markets in Baltimore, Frederick, and Towson. “We try to grow unique, great tasting veggies not widely grown by other farmers,” said owner Jim Crebs. “We are so grateful to have customers who have shopped with us since the beginning.” For more information about Tomatoes, Etc., visit its Facebook page.