Pratt Street Farmer's Market
Hi guys! Fin here, I hope you had an amazing Labor Day weekend! I know I did, with the beautiful weather and tons of things happening around Baltimore. Well I wanted to let you in on a little secret. But before I do, I have to ask. You’ve probably noticed ‘Charm City’ is EVERYWHERE in the city! And it happens to be Baltimore’s nickname, but do you know why?
With the help of Barnacle the Bulldog from the Admiral Fell Inn, we managed to figure out that the nickname "Charm City" traces its origins back to 1975! With the help of Dan Loden, Stan Paulus, Herb Fried and Bill Evans, Charm City came alive.
Let’s go back to a time in Baltimore before the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. It’s hard to imagine I know, I was surprised there was a time before the aquarium! Who would’ve thought! But anyway, let’s continue.
It was the Baltimore before Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center and the Aquarium. Charles Center was going up, but more was coming down. Baltimore was going through so many renovations that it seemed like we didn’t have a clear identity. The mayor at the time was fighting for Baltimore’s reputation. So with the combined minds of Loden, Paulus, Fried and Evans, they worked to figure out what made Baltimore stand out.
They all agreed that Baltimore has so much hidden charm and started to work around the idea through various advertisements and campaigns. Bill Evans wrote the line that was the catalyst to what became known as Charm City: ‘
'Baltimore has more history and unspoiled charm tucked away in quiet corners than most American cities out in the spotlight.'
Shortly after, they started using ‘Charm City’ everywhere. Since then, everyone here works together like we’re one old big family. Whether you’re visiting from out of town, or a native Baltimorean hanging out by the Inner Harbor, you will always be greeted with a smile. The local businesses here all work together in helping each other and often times come together to host special events! One of those events is the Pratt Street Farmer’s Market.
The Pratt Street Farmer’s Market happens EVERY Thursday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Pratt & Light Plaza. Best part: FREE for everyone! I took Barnacle with me today, since Henry was running the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf. It was AMAZING. There was everything from fresh fruits and veggies to baked goods and treats. Of course we went over to the sweets first! Unfortunately, Barnacle wasn’t allowed to have chocolate, but I bought him some delicious popcorn and other amazing juice. There’s really so much you can do here and what’s great is the moment you walk in, you get the sense of a strong community. And I think that’s what makes staying here so great. I love seeing the look on new people’s faces when they visit. Don’t forget, B’more local!
Don’t be a straggler, the Pratt Street Farmer’s Market will run until September 24th EVERY Thursday!