Every farmers market has its own personality; but at this time of year, all specialize in splendid tomatoes and vibrant mounds of root vegetables and apples. Prepared foods, crafts and jewelry are among other riches to be found at the outdoor markets.

Baltimore Farmers Market, downtown Saratoga Street, between Holliday and Gay streets
Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon

This is the mother of Baltimore-area farmers markets, a cornucopia of vegetables, fruit, fried donuts, cheeses, dog biscuits, jewelry, barbecue, ice cream, omelets, fried fish sandwiches and wheat grass.

The hit: It's a great place to people watch, meet a friend for brunch and revel in city life.

Bel Air Farmers Market, Mary Risteau Building, parking lot, 2 S. Bond St.
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

From produce, cheeses, pastries and savories to plants, quilts, honey, kettle corn, bird houses and gourmet pet treats, the Bel Air market offers a profusion of staples and necessary luxuries for humans, canines -- and birds.

The hit: The old-fashioned ice cream made on Broom's Bloom Dairy Farm.

Downtown Westminster Farmers Market, Conaway parking lot, corner of Railroad Avenue and Emerald Hill Lane
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a "producers only" market where vendors strictly sell what they produce, including baked goods, honey, soaps, lotion, herbs, as well as fruits and vegetables.

The hit: Knitters may find wool, both raw and spun, from farmer Greg Thorne.

Catonsville Farmers Market, Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 bloomsbury Ave.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A small, friendly farmers market where you can find Atwater's baked goods and Neopol's smoked fish without driving all the way to their Belvedere Square location in Baltimore City.

The hit: Check out Swamp Fox Farm's round seedless watermelons.

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market, Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.to noon through Oct. 11; Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 15 through Dec. 24

So popular that police officers help direct traffic, the Anne Arundel County market is a place to socialize while you shop. Come for coffee, fresh lemonade and baked goods as well as produce.

The hit: Boxes of over-ripe tomatoes for soups and sauce sell for $5, and the peaches are divine.

--Stephanie Shapiro