Camden Farmers Market is a local treasure

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There’s a bushel of reasons to buy from the Camden Avenue Farmer’s Market, but one of the best is sour milk bundt cakes.

Baked by a vendor known as Miss Doris, they’re a favorite among customers who shop in the Asbury United Methodist Church parking lot in Salisbury.

“They are really good,” Lou Rimbach, market manager and a vendor, said about the cakes. He sells fair market coffee, tea and chocolate at the market, to raise money for the church’s society group.

“It’s always good to know where your food is coming from and how it’s been raised,” Rimbach said.

“I have been with the market three or four years and I shop there, too. I buy whatever I can at the market and I can attest the eggs and milk are so much fresher. All the vegetables are so much fresher. Of course they don’t use chemicals like the produce you get in the stores. The milk stays fresh so much longer,” he said.

At the market, open from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. every week all year, vegetables aren’t certified organic, but most are grown the same way.

Bivalve farmer Jay Martin, who provides more than half the vegetables sold there and who is one of the originators, said he adheres to national organic standards and has been farming that way 29 years.

“Close to 90 percent of what our customers see at the farmers’ market, produce and fruits and flowers, are harvested the same day or possibly the day before, so the freshness factor is huge,” Martin said.

“The nutritional value is higher because it’s fresh and the taste is better because it’s fresher,” he said.

Among vegetables currently available are lettuce, cabbage, spinach, onions, leeks, corn on the cob, zucchini and tomatoes.

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“We have a really good sweet corn vendor there,” Martin said, adding peppers, eggplant, string beans and heirloom tomatoes will be available the remainder of summer.

Also for sale are cheese, eggs, cut flowers, jams and jellies, honey, bread and other baked goods as well as fish, sold by a family that goes to Alaska to catch it. It’s sold freeze-dried.

Pork, beef, sausage, scrapple and bacon are at the market, as well as milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream.

There are 19 vendors, with room for one more.

Camden Farmers’ Market is on Tuesdays only, Rimbach said, because many of the vendors sell at markets in other areas, from Berlin to Lewes to Ocean Pines.

“There are a lot of repeat customers that we see every Tuesday,” he said. “It’s a nice atmosphere. Everything is positive.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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