ST. MARY'S COUNTY
REGIONAL FARMER'S MARKET
Southern Maryland RC&D is pleased to announce the start of the construction phase of the new Regional Farmer’s Market Complex and Three Notch Trail Extension, located on Thompson Corner Road in Charlotte Hall, MD. RC&D has the privilege of being responsible for the design and construction of this much-anticipated community project.
The project is primarily being 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 current farmer’s market, located at the Charlotte Hall Library, will move to the new site. 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 and viewing platform through the woods linking the Market buildings to the nearby Three Notch Trail; ample parking; and public restrooms. Groundbreaking occurred in January 2021 and the Market complex is anticipated to open Fall of 2021.
Although the majority of the funding is in place and the project is under construction, additional funds are still needed to provide for the Value Added Market Building interior fit-out (kitchen equipment, freezers, training equipment, etc.), site amenities (benches, bike racks, bike repair station, picnic tables, water fountains, educational signage, native plant gardens, etc.), and other site enhancements. As such, and as part of this important endeavor, RC&D would like to also announce a NAMING CONTEST and FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN for this keystone project.
The Naming Contest has now closed. Stay tuned for updates about the name chosen by the Commissioners of St. Mary's County!
RC&D is also working 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 is kicking off this campaign to support additional site amenities, including benches, picnic tables, bike racks, a bike repair station, educational signage, and native plant gardens. Those wishing to contribute may do by using the link below. All donations will be used solely for this project and are tax-deductible. Contributors will receive permanent recognition at the market.