Saturday, March 19, 2011

Shopping Saturday - Going to the Market

One of my mother's favorite adventures growing up in Baltimore was visiting the downtown markets. Mom tells stories of the wonderful sights, smells, and sounds surrounding many blocks of the city. Farmers and dairymen would fill the area with fresh produce and meats every Saturday morning.

Here is a description of Baltimore's markets taken from "National Star-Spangled Banner Centennial: Baltimore, Maryland September 6 to 13 1914":

Noted here is Lexington Market established in 1782, and one of the world's longest continuously running markets.

Further reading about Baltimore's early marketplaces:

Images of America: Baltimore's Lexington Market by Patricia Schultheis, published 2007 Baltimore Markets

RootsWeb: Markets of Baltimore

Lastly here is a great link to visiting Lexington Market. Make sure to put this unique experience on your agenda when visiting our city.


  1. Great photo! I love photos that capture ordinary, day to day life.

  2. Cynthia, glad you enjoyed the photo! It is fun when I visit Lexington Market to imagine how things were when my ancestors were first shopping in Baltimore.

  3. Thanks for the memories! I really enjoyed this post, not just the photo but also the 1914 description. Great.