Charlie and I were looking for a little outing on Saturday and so we headed downtown to one of 6 traditional markets in Baltimore all established in the 18th and 19th centuries. The markets attract customers to their stalls where butchers, bakers and fish mongers still ply their trades today.
Scenes of Baltimore tile the exterior walls of Hollins Market.
Lexington Market, Baltimore’s first public market erected in 1763, was financed by a lottery. Eventually eleven markets sprung up throughout the city. More than half of those markets remain in use today. The other ones are Cross Street, Broadway, Northeast, Hollins and Avenue. We opted for the one closest to us: Hollins Market.
Hollins Market was established in 1877.
Hollins Market sells meat, vegetables, salads, baked goods and seafood plus some extra goods and services like check-cashing, gifts and cell phones. We bought some produce including strawberries for $1 per pint.
L&R produce stall offers both fruit and vegetables including a wide variety of fresh greens.
Hollins Market, a block-long, 30,000-square foot facility, has a two-story front built in 1877. Located in Baltimore’s old Lithuanian section, Hollins Market is the only one to still retain its second floor. Up until the late 1950s, vendors along three blocks of Hollins Street sold goods outside the market. This market was the last to close its outside street stalls.
Eddie’s is a busy stall selling sandwiches, sodas, and snacks.
Charlie tried some fried fish from Eddie’s. He says we’ll keep looking for some fresh market fish. Perhaps Broadway Market which is right on the waterfront in Baltimore’s Fells Point would be a better choice for fresh fried fish.
Lovely meat stalls sell fresh poultry and meat including every part of a pig that can be smoked.
Hollins Street Market Info: Southwest Baltimore Established 1846 26 S. Arlington Ave. Baltimore, MD 21223 Tues. – Sat. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Beginning April 1st, 2013 – open on Mondays.
How about the bossiness of these signs?!
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