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 Summer/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.

 

NAMING CONTEST:         

Anyone interested in participating may submit a name via the form below. The name will be chosen by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, with credit being given to the winner. The Commissioners reserve the right to choose a name different than those submitted through this contest.

 

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN:      

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.

Donations to Date:

$2,950

Thank You

BLACKISTONE LIGHTHOUSE SPONSOR

The Dorsey Law Firm

PINEY POINT LIGHTHOUSE SPONSORS

Federated Environmental Associates, Inc.

Little Silences Rest, Inc.

Quality Built Homes

 

BEACON SPONSORS

Ken Reed/S. Hunt Aero

Caroline & Dan King

Farmer's Market Naming Contest

We want the new market to have a special name that reflects how important fresh, local food is to the community, and honors the natural and working lands around us. The farmer's market in the southern part of the county is known as the Home Grown Farm Market. What do you think we should call the one on the northern end? Enter your suggestion below. Entrants must be 18 years or older, but parents may submit on behalf of their minor children.

THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS APRIL 30, 2021.

Names submitted so far include:

Fresh & Friendly Farm Market

Three Notch Regional Farmer's Market

Gift of Charlotte Produce Market

Charlotte's Arbor Market

Eat Fresh Farmer's Market

Food Glorious Food Market

Southern Maryland Farmer's Market

Southern Maryland's Incredible Bounty Market

Southern Maryland Charm Farmer's Market

St. Mary's Bounty Farm Market

Heritage & Heart Farmer's Market

Off to the Market Place

County Bounty Farmer's Market

North County Harvest Market

Southern Maryland Farm to Table Market

The Farmer's Till Market

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