I’m lucky enough to live close enough to be able to drive into one of the Amish Markets located in eastern Maryland. They’re a hidden gem I like to visit over and over again.
Fresh, Organic and Homemade Foods at Maryland’s Amish Markets
Plan on spending an hour or two strolling through these markets that are only open Thursday through Saturday. You’ll find a number of vendors selling fresh produce, jams and jellies, cheeses, meats, candy, prepared salad, raw cooking goods, freshly-baked goodies and more.
Check out the wide variety of the freshest meats at the meat counter, or order up a batch of spicy barbecue to take home. Sample new and favorite types of cheese and pickles at those booths and select your favorites. Choose a cheesecake or pie for dinner tonight. Believe me, you’ll want to take home one of everything you see.
One of my very favorite things to eat are the soft pretzels baked on site and served fresh and hot from the oven. Normally they are dunked in butter. I ask for mine with no butter; only salt. If you fall in love with them like I did, you can even purchase the pretzel mix so you can make them at home.
The markets are staffed by Amish folk, in their traditional garb, who bring their organic products to market each weekend from the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Bring a cooler to get items home safely if you live out of town like I do. Check on each website for weekly specials and print-out coupons.
Ready to Eat Meals
The Amish markets offer prepared foods, so you can plan on having a fine meal while you’re there. At the Laurel market, be sure to order the finger-licking-good fried chicken. Top off your meal with an ice cream cone or a homemade whoopee pie!
Sit down and eat at the Lantz Restaurant, located inside the Laurel market, the Dutch Family Restaurant in Germantown, or the Kountry Grille in Upper Marlboro. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner (and takeout). It must be good; every time I’ve visited, there is always a waiting line.
Vendors Offering More than Food
Generally the vendors remain the same at the markets, so you can be sure to grab your favorite items. Some vendors offer items other than food, including Lapp’s Furniture and The Flower Garden at Laurel, and Creative Crafts & Furniture in Upper Marlboro.
The markets are so popular that it might be difficult to find parking. Just be patient and you’ll get a space. People come and go all the time throughout the day.
Special Events at the Amish Markets
Occasionally the Amish markets offer special events. There is an outdoor pig roast June 27-29, 2019 at the Germantown market.
There are additional Amish markets located throughout Maryland. See what’s in your area!
Dutch Country Farmer’s Market
9701 Fort Meade Rd.
Laurel, MD 20707
Open Thursday 9AM-6PM, Friday 8:30 AM-7PM and Saturday 8AM – 3PM
Dutch Village Farmers Market
5030 Brown Station Rd.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Open Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday 9 AM – 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 3 PM
Lancaster County Dutch Market
12613 Wisteria Dr.
Germantown, MD 20874
Open Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday 9AM – 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 3 PM