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Pungo Strawberry Festival, May 24-25, 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va., (757) 721-6001,

Delaplane Strawberry Festival, May 24-25, Delaplane, Va.,

Brandywine Strawberry Festival, May 29-June1,

Strawberry Day, June 1, Furnace Town Historical Museum, Snow Hill,

Blueberry Festival, July 18-20, Historic Bethlehem Pa.,


Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays, Holliday and Gay streets, Under an overpass is where you?ll find us getting our leafy greens, veggies, fruits, and breads. And when it closes at the end of season, you?ll find our Sunday mornings tragic and bereft.

Belvedere Square, Belvedere and York roads, (410) 464-0740, Small boutiques, the best bagels at Greg's, fresh organic goods and soup at Atwater's, a fine deli, and live music at night.

Boordy Vineyard Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Boordy Vineyard, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, (410) 592-5015, Local farmers plus local wine? Sounds like one-stop shopping.

Carroll County Summer Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 700 Smith Ave., Westminster, (410) 848-7748. All the stuff you need-butter, milk, eggs, produce, emu-but organic and local, too.

Cross Street Market, open daily, Cross Street between Market and Light streets, Farmer's market by day and bar by night? That's what we call a hybrid.

Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., (410) 685-6169, The nation's oldest market is home to Berger's and some of the city's best hot dogs. Grab a bite and people watch from the tables above. If parking seems a hassle, the light rail, buses, and subway all have stops.

Pennsylvania Dutch Market, open daily, Cockeysville, 11121 York Road, (410) 316-1534, Inside an old supermarket building are baked goods (try Erma's), meats, cheeses, produce, and homeland crafts from the Pennsylvania Dutch. Plus, crafts from the locals, but it's hard to deviate when we smell the roasted chicken or fresh rolls.

Waverly Farmers? Market, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, the 400 block of E. 32nd Street, (410) 366-6362, Wavery is special in that it's open year-round, but come summertime the selection is in season. There's a lot to choose from, with vendors from all over the tri-state area, so you can get it all in one-go and locally, too.

Sizzlin Summer 2008

Here Comes The Sunburn City Paper's 2008 Sizzlin' Summer Guide

Crew Romance Explaining The Allure of The Punishing Sport of Rowing | By Michael Byrne

Ocean City Vs. Rehoboth A She Said/She Said On Where to Park Your Beach Towel This Summer | By Heather Joslyn and Michelle Gienow

A Step Apart Community Drum Line and Step Group Makes Itself Heard | By Jess Harvell

Ahhhh! City Paper's Summer Drink Contest | By Edward Ericson Jr.

The Cowboy Way Local Gunslingers Take a Shot at the Wild West | By Chris Landers

A Wench in the Works Working at the Renaissance Festival Was as Much Bawd as Bard | By Erin Sullivan

Bee Cause State Apiarist Keeps An Eye On All That's Buzzing in Maryland | By Shelly Blake-Plock

Camped Out Trying to Engineer Your Child's Perfect Summer | By Charles Cohen

7 Reasons Why Summer in Baltimore Rules More Than Any Other Place On The Face of The Earth | By Ben Claassen III

Take One For The Other Team An O's Fan Suggests The Unthinkable--That You Watch The Nationals, Too | By Jeffrey Anderson

Posted 5/21/2008


Crab Place, 384 W. Main St., Crisfield, (877) 328-2722, Lump crab is rarely from the bay. You're a Marylander, why would you subject yourself to anything less than what you know is the best? Here, it's local.

Dolles, 500 S. Boardwalk, Ocean City, (800) 337-6001, You can get just about anything you want, including a lifesize chocolate Santa, but dive into the saltwater taffy in every color and flavor you can think of. Then chew on it during your arduous drive home.

Dumser's Dairyland, 49th Street and Coastal Highway and 124th Street and Coastal Highway, (410) 524-1588, Open since 1939, Dumser's is the best ice cream in Ocean City. Cool off on a bench and lick it up before it melts.

Fisher's Popcorn, 200 S. Boardwalk, Ocean City, (410) 289-5638, The wafting scents of fresh hot caramel corn can pleasantly overpower the smell of fresh tar and sunscreen. Our tip: bring ziploc bags with you and seal the contents of the white tubs to guard against humidity. Losing it all because of Maryland weather would be devastating.

Hershey's Chocolate World Visitor Center, 800 Park Blvd., Hershey, Pa., (717) 534-4900, Yeah, the amusement park is great, too, but the 'tour' of the facilities, the nostalgic advertisements, the retro Mr. Rogers-like video are reason to come. See if you don't sing about Hershey Chocolate Land for the next week.

Homestead Farm, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, near Poolesville, (301) 977-3761, Bring a metal pail and pick your own summer berries. Plunk, plunk plunk, we hear the sounds of a strawberry pie.

Thrasher's French Fries, several locations on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, (410) 289-7232. You'd think all we do in OC is eat the way we list these epicurean delights. You'd be right, actually. There's a lot less sand in our car this way. Thrasher's are always hot, the line is always long, and it's always worth it.


Sundaes in the Park Sundays through August, Northside Park, 127th and Bay Street, Ocean City, (800) 626-2326,, free. Listen to music, watch the sun set, and hang out near Assawoman Bay with make-your-own sundaes. It's like a sock hop, but with sand.

Taharka Bros. Original American Ice Cream Culture Grand Opening 2 p.m. June 1, Taharka Bros., 1405 Forge Ave., (410) 433-6800. Sylvan Beach changed names and they're celebrating a new location, too (next to the Mount Washington Whole Foods) with all-you-can-eat ice cream along with live music and prizes.

Ocean City Restaurant Week, June 1-8, Ocean City, (800) 626-2326,, $20-$30. Enjoy fine dining on the beach in three-course meals from OC's best chefs.

Safeway 16th Annual National Capital Barbeque Battle, June 21-22, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th streets,, $10, children $5. Sorry veggies, but sometimes the only sizzle we want to hear is the meat on the grill. The victor in this showdown goes home with $40,000 and major bragging rights. We're more than happy to oblige in helping the judges find the best cook--bring us the meat!

Seafood Festival, June 28, Tilghman Island, Bushels and bushels of crabs from a professional cook. We don't know how that compares to your family recipe--maybe there's no difference at all--but it means it's good. If the kids aren't into crabs yet, there's hot dog and hamburgers, too. Let's hope so, because then there's more for us.

Baltimore Chefs and Wine Experience, noon-6 p.m. July 13, Tremont Grand, 225 N. Charles St.,, $55, VIP $100. Right up a food and wine lover's alley, this 'Experience' features Ted Allen, food television personality and cookbook author.

Breakfast with Penguins, 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 19, Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, (410) 539-5000, Enjoy breakfast with the early birds.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival, Aug.9-10, 350 Commerce St., Havre de Grace, (410) 939-1525, Try 20 variations on somethin' pulled from the sea and test our theory that as long as it's made in Maryland, it's tasty.

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