Bel Air's new Marketplace on Main will open for the first time this coming Wednesday, May 8, in the town's new Main Street parking lot between the Sheriff's Office and the Main Street Tower restaurant and across from the courthouse.
The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is a partner in the new outdoor market in partnership with The Town of Bel Air and The Mill of Bel Air.
According to a news release from the alliance, Marketplace on Main will feature local growers and producers, artists from the Harford Artists Gallery, a delicious menu from Main Street Tower and a variety of weekly specials and promotions, including live entertainment.
The Marketplace on Main will be open every Wednesday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through Sept. 25.
When plans for the market were first made public last month, Bel Air town planning official Bob Syphard stressed the Wednesday market is not related to the regular Saturday farmers market held in the parking lot of the Risteau District Court building. The farmers market is operated by its own board of directors.
Syphard said Marketplace on Main organizers hope to attract a dozen vendors selling produce, prepared food and arts and crafts. "It's a farmers' market, but there's going to be a vendor component that is food related, consumables on site as well as carry off," he explained.
As of Thursday afternoon, the alliance's website listed the following vendors for the market, subject to change: Brad's Produce, Coffee Coffee, Pure Chocolate by Jinji, Belvedere Farm, Quigley Farm, Beichlers Beyond, Flying Plow Farm, Hickory Chance Beef, Broom's Bloom Dairy, KCC Natural Farms, Harford Artists Gallery, The Mill of Bel Air and Bonita Winery & Vineyard.
"This is an amazing opportunity for our community to experience the benefits of a weekday farmers' market combined with fun and excitement from the local arts community," Scott Walker, Downtown Alliance executive director, said in the news release, adding that the new market would not be possible without the efforts of town Planning Director Kevin Small and Mill of Bel Air owner Henry Holloway.
To learn more and see the complete list of vendors and entertainment schedule, visit the Bel Air Downtown Alliance website, http://www.DowntownBelair.com.