Maryland's Amish market is a true foodie's paradise. Get there early to find delicious goodies like soft pretzels, handmade jams, and delectable baked goods.
If you're looking for an epicurean outing, then set your GPS for the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Annapolis. It's just a short drive from historic downtown, located in a bustling outlet mall. Once you arrive at the plaza, look to the right and park near the red and white striped lighthouse. The market is indoors and winds around three large hallways.
ADDRESS: 2472 Solomons Island Road | Annapolis, MD
PARKING: FREE surface lot
HOURS: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WEBSITE: Pennsylvania Dutch Market
SOCIAL MEDIA: Pennsylvania Dutch Market on Facebook
Know Before You Go
- It gets extremely crowded on Saturdays, so go as early as possible. Many of the most popular items sell out by lunchtime.
- Bring a cooler and cold packs to keep in the car. You'll want to buy cheeses, dressings, juices, and cold cuts. Make sure they survive the drive home.
- Many of the crowded stalls have paper tickets instead of a line. Scan the counter and take a number—it will be worth it!
- You can freeze most baked goods. If you see an old-fashioned favorite and want to load up, do it!
- If you want to eat at the market, head outside near the cheesemonger and look for the picnic tables to the right.
A few of the things you absolutely have to try are the gourmet doughnuts, dry-rubbed pig wings (tender part of the shank), the soft pretzels, and any of the specialty baked goods like the whoopie pies or sweet bread loaves. The Amish artisans are known for their hand-hewn furniture and intricate quilts, so have a look at those too if you're in the market for something new.
**The photos in this article are courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dutch Market's Facebook page.
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