Spring Show market to offer wares aplenty Food and fun on tap Saturday at Ag Center


WESTMINSTER -- Anita O'Day Bullock was "absolutely thrilled" when she sold two pies at the Carroll County Farmers Market 17 years ago.

More and more people have acquired a taste for the pies. Before the doors close at 3 p.m. at the Ag Center on this Saturday's special market, called the Spring Show, she will sell about 100 pies, she said.

"I use recipes I have collected over the years," she said. "French apple with raisins, and cherry are the customers' favorites."

The pies couldn't be much fresher. Friday morning, her Westminster home will be filled with the scents of berries and apples. She will bake -- 12 pies at a time, with a new dozen in the oven every 50 minutes -- until all the sweet ingredients are nestled in golden brown shells.

Jane Sussman said she leaves the pies to Bullock and concentrates on her cakes -- a full assortment of about 100. Jewish apple cake is her most popular, and she will make about three dozen for this week's sale.

"I never freeze my cakes," she said. "My customers can do that, though, because I wrap my baked goods for the freezer."

She often rises at 3 a.m., preheats the oven and begins mixing her batters. She will work until noon Thursday and start again Friday.

While many of the 100 vendors at the Spring Show will carefully carry merchandise into the market before the 8:30 a.m. opening and unwrap it for their displays, Bonnie Hood arrives with large garbage bags over her shoulder.

The Westminster resident sells hand-painted T-shirts. If she doesn't have on display what a customer wants, she will rummage through those bags until she finds the right size in a plain, white shirt. She gets to work and delivers within 15 minutes.

"I pull a shirt over my board, paint whatever they want and blow it dry. By the time they are finished shopping, it's ready."

Although clothing is her specialty, she said she can paint on anything from milk cans to old kerosene heaters.

"I have even painted on old wooden teeth," said Hood, who teaches tole and decorative painting to adult-education classes.

Along with cakes, pies and T-shirts, shoppers will find a variety of items for Mother's Day gifts, home decorations and spring gardening at the center, on Smith Avenue.

Anyone in the market for tomatoes can pick from five varieties and 1,000 plants. Paul Wells started his seedlings in February in solar cold frames and said they were ready for transplanting.

Saturday marks the third one-day spring market on the day before Mother's Day. Connie Bialecki, assistant manager, expects about 5,000 people to show up.

"Crafts make this market unique, and many customers return year after year," she said. "Our committee of four screens the applicants for quality, and we don't have repetition."

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