Farmers' market freshness


FRESH PRODUCE is one of the glorious benefits of summer and can be found at Sykesville Farmers' Market, which began operating two weeks ago.

The market is held in the parking lot of Baldwin's Station Restaurant in downtown Sykesville, off Route 32. Fresh strawberries, peas, perennial flowers and seeds, honey, and other early spring crops can be found at the market. Garden statuary and decorative stone products also are available.

Seven local vendors offer produce and products, and the number is expected to grow as more farmers and growers bring fresh-picked crops to the market.

"As more crops come in throughout the summer, we'll have a changing variety of fresh vegetables and fruit available," said Craig Taylor, a member of the Sykesville Business Association and past president of the organization.

Members of the business association are pleased with the response and hope visitors will become more familiar with the town as they shop at the market.

"We've had a good beginning with a nice turnout for the first two weeks, even with the rain last week," Taylor said. "We want people to come into town and get comfortable and see what all we have to offer here."

Sykesville Farmers' Market is open rain or shine from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28. For more information on the market or the Sykesville Business Association, call Ronald Jackson at 410-795-8850.

Beanie Baby Bingo

Freedom Dolphins Swim Team invites everyone to its Beanie Baby Bingo fund-raiser tomorrow evening.

Seating in the pool pavilion will begin at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6: 30 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person for 20 games of bingo.

Extra game cards will be available for purchase.

Door prizes will be awarded and a raffle will be held. Only 200 tickets will be sold and may be purchased at the pool or at the door. Refreshments available.

Information: Freedom Swim Club, 410-795-9778 or Gail Tabor, 410-795-6164.

The team will play host for its first meet of the season beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday against St. Andrew's of Anne Arundel County. More than 100 Freedom swimmers ages 5 to 18 will compete in Division IV competition this summer.

Freedom Swim Club is on Johnsville Road between Bartholow Road and Route 32.

Girls basketball

Girls in grades six through 12 are welcome to participate in a supervised open gym to make new friends and learn new basketball skills from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 12 at Liberty High School.

No fee is charged, but participants must be registered and can do so any Monday or Wednesday evening. A parent must be present at registration.

Information: Jeff Morgan, 410-781-7061.

Lions basketball camp

Boys entering grades five through nine participate in the annual Lions Basketball Camp at Liberty High School.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22-26. Cost is $50. Registration forms are available at the Eldersburg branch library. Information: 410-549-6296.

Drama camp

Freedom Area Recreation Council is sponsoring Drama Conservatory Summer Camp.

Session I runs from 8: 30 a.m. to noon June 22 to July 2 and offers a puppet workshop for children in kindergarten through second grade. The cost is $100. A play workshop for grades five through eight will be held from noon to 3: 30 p.m. The cost is $140.

Session II will be held from noon to 3: 30 p.m. July 6-17 and is a play workshop for third- and fourth-graders. The cost is $140 per participant.

Camps are held at Oklahoma Road Middle School.

Information: Valarie Mares, 410-795-3562.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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