THE BARNS AT NEW MARKET
Southern Maryland RC&D had the privilege of managing the design and construction of the new St. Mary's County regional farmer’s market complex and Three Notch Trail extension, located on Thompson Corner Road in Charlotte Hall, MD.
The project was primarily funded by St. Mary’s County, with several other partners providing supplemental funds through grants, including Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) and Rural Maryland Council (RMC/RMPIF). Support for grants was also provided by the Charles and St. Mary’s County Farm Bureaus.
The new complex will provide a 5,100-square-foot Seasonal Market building with multiple vendor stalls; a 5,100-square-foot year-round Value Added Market building that will provide for a vast array of market and community activities geared towards agriculture & aquaculture; a boardwalk through the woods linking the market buildings to the nearby Three Notch Trail; ample parking; and public restrooms.
RC&D worked with local partners, including the University of Maryland Extension, to ensure the farmer’s market is a vibrant and beautiful place that is accessible to all. As part of that effort, RC&D held a fundraising campaign to support additional site amenities, including, educational signage, and native plant gardens.
We also enjoyed working with the St. Mary's County and Tri-County Master Gardeners on various elements of site design, including native plant gardens. We truly appreciate the time and effort they put into this project!
We are thrilled and grateful that the Gift of Trees program provided $2500 for native trees from Tree-Mendous Maryland! These trees will be a wonderful addition to the farmer's market site, providing shade, wildlife habitat, and beauty.
The Gift of Trees program is part of the MD Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service. About the program:
"The Gift of Trees program plants native trees in Celebration, Honor or Memory of family and friends and/or special events. Your Gift of Trees is actually three gifts - one to someone you care for, one to future generations, and one to the environment. Tree-Mendous Maryland will arrange for the trees to be planted in Maryland in the county in which the recipient of the certificate lives."
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