Canton residents and Boston Street passers-by have a new option for midweek grocery runs.
The Canton Waterfront Farmers Market will launch this Wednesday from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and continue every week into October.
More than 20 vendors from the Saturday Fells Point Farmers Market will sell products and produce in the Canton Waterfront Park. About eight vendors who don’t sell at the Fells Point market are scheduled to start the following week.
The market is producer-only, and all vendors come from a 200-mile radius, said founder Merritt Dworkin, who also created the Fells Point Farmers Market eight years ago.
“If they don’t make it or grow it, they can’t sell it or show it. I’m very strict on that,” said Dworkin.
Although they share resources and vendors, the Fells Point market appeals to a weekend crowd, while its Canton sister hopes to attract commuters driving or taking the water taxi home.
The Canton market will also serve as a gathering place for families and neighborhood residents.
“A lot of Canton people who are excited don’t make it to the Fells Point market as often as they’d like,” Dworkin said.
Dworkin also said that residents who stock up on the weekend might be ready to replenish supplies on Wednesday.
“It might help keep the fresh, local movement going,” she said.
A community group approached Dworkin with the idea for the market three years ago. She considered Canton Square but eventually settled on Waterfront Park for its ease of access and high visibility.
“We want people to stay and hang out,” Dworkin said.
Like the Fells Point market, the Canton counterpart will have live music. Dworkin said the first performer, Irish singer Aine O’Doherty, has “a really fun vibe.”
The market will also offer a rotating cast of food trucks.
The full vendor list includes:
Hillside Meadow Farm
One Straw Farm
Migues Magnificent Mini Donuts (offering made-to-order doughnuts with a fixings bar)
Old Line Spirits
The Baltimore Whiskey Company
Cuples Tea House
Cheese Galore and More
Phil’s Dills Gourmet Pickles
A Friendly Bread (starting in August)
Beads by Bettina
Vegan Soul – Baked Goods
Messy Buddha (candles and soaps)
Kathleen Kline Photography
Art By Barton
Redesign (decorative pieces made from reclaimed wood and pallets)
Charm City Pops
Talmar Gardens and Farm