Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dutch Country Farmers Market Moving to Laurel From Burtonsville This Summer

The Dutch Country Farmers Market in Burtonsville will close next week in order to relocate the entire market to a shopping center on Rte 198 in Laurel.

The market is an entertaining outlet for meats, dairy, fresh-squeezed juices, vegetables and the bacon-egg-and-cheese pretzel. For two years, it's future has been hazy because its current landlord wants to renovate the Burtonsville shopping center. In the spring, the market signed a new lease in Laurel a few blocks easy of U.S. 1, and it sent emails yesterday saying the market would close after July 4 and aim to reopen in late August or September.

(Update: They're open in Laurel.)

The Dutch Country Market is a real resource for unique items, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys food. The Laurel location may be a little farther east from Howard County, but it isn't that much harder than driving down Rte 29 to Burtonsville. You'll just need to accompany a market run with Peruvian chicken and yuca fries at Mega Chicken in Laurel instead of the ice cream at Seibel's in Burtonsville. Actually, the drive through Laurel gives you the option to pair the Dutch Country Market with shopping at either Eastern Bazar or Panam Supermarket -- both just south of Rte 198 in Laurel.

While the Dutch Country Farmers Market is under repair, check out my post about butchers in Howard County for other carnivore resources. Or click for the starting page for my "What I Learned" guide to food in Howard County.

If you want to comment on the Dutch Country market, please post them on the main post about the market. I would prefer to centralize them there.

Dutch Country Farmers Market (to July 4, 2009)
15642 Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD

NEAR: The Dutch market is at the intersection of Rte 198 and Columbia Pike. This is a block west of Rte 29. From Howard County, take the first exit in Montgomery County. You'll go around a traffic circle at the top of the exit ramp, and then you'll ride down the old Rte 29 past Meadows Farms nursery. The market is in the shopping center on the right just before the intersection with Rte 198.

Dutch Country Farmers Market (after August or September 2009)
9701 Fort Meade Road (Rte 198)
Laurel, MD 20707

NEAR: The market will be on Rte 198 just east of U.S. 1. It is very convenient from downtown Laurel.