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Lexington Market circa 1903

Lexington Market is a historic market in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The main market is housed in two large buildings on the north corners of the intersection of Paca and Lexington Streets. In the broader sense, Lexington Market encompasses both the main market and all of the shops on Lexington Street from Greene Street to Liberty Street.

The main market buildings are host to small eateries and stands selling fish, produce, meat, baked goods, and candy.

Lexington Market is located near the Baltimore Light Rail and Baltimore Metro Subway stops of the same name. It is about six blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Lexington Market is one of the longest-running markets in the world, having been around since 1782. The market continues to stand in its original site. The land for this historical market was donated by General John Eager Howard, famous colonial Revolutionary War commander of Maryland Line regiment of Continental Army. from his estate "Belvedere" (also known as "Howard's Woods) west and north of Baltimore Town. The market originally operated without sheds and stalls. Farmers would load up their horse drawn wagons with ham, butter, eggs and produce. The farmers would travel from Towson and Reisterstown to sell their goods at the market. They would usually start work by dawn.

In 1803 the market had increased in size. The market now spread from Eutaw Street down to Lexington Street. It would later spread over to Greene Street. In the beginning the market was open on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturday from 2am until 12noon. A bell would ring at the start of the day and at the end of the day. Before being called Lexington Market it was known as Western Precincts Market.

Food[edit]

Korean-American food stalls at Lexington Market, 2009.

There are many shops featuring deli sandwiches, Mexican food, fried chicken, Chinese food, pizza, and gyros that make Lexington Market a popular lunch spot for working Baltimoreans as well as students at the nearby University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and the University of Baltimore.

Perhaps the best known eateries at Lexington Market are Mexican Delight known for its burritos & fried ice cream [1], Faidley's, known for its crabcakes, Jumbo Fried Chicken . Shortbread cookies topped with fudge, sold by DeBaufre Bakeries and known simply as "Berger Cookies,"[2] are a Baltimore favorite.

The market is closed on Sundays.

Lexington Market as a Baltimore icon[edit]

Lexington Market is viewed by many as a place that shows the personality of the "real" Baltimore, as opposed to the more generic and tourist-oriented attractions found at the nearby Inner Harbor. Lexington Market takes part in the festivities leading up to the Preakness Stakes horse race by hosting the Preakness Crab Derby, where local business leaders and celebrities race the crustaceans on the arcade stage to raise money for charity.

Music[edit]

It is common for the Lexington Market east building to play host to jazz and rock and roll bands during the lunch hour on Fridays and Saturdays. Throughout the year, the market has also been known to host presentations from several of the many elementary and middle schools in the nearby and surrounding areas. Even some private schools, such as West Cold Spring Lane's own Baltimore Jr. Academy (BJA) have been known to perform there, yearly, in the past. A popular time to catch the performances of Baltimore's young and talented children, at the market, has usually been during the Christmas seasons.

Awards[edit]

Lexington Market won the 2006 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors."[3]

Media[edit]

Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market was featured on the "Mid-Atlantic" episode of the Travel Channel show, Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America, in 2012.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°17′31″N 76°37′18″W / 39.29189°N 76.62175°W / 39.29189; -76.62175


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578 news items

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:41:15 -0700

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– One of the last lunches with the elephants is taking place at Lexington Market on Wednesday. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey elephants are dining on the world's largest stand up vegetarian buffet. Baltimore is the only city ...
 
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:07:30 -0700

Peering out of her upstairs window, Lewis recognized the men because, like her, they often hung out around Lexington Market, she said. "I know them from downtown," Lewis said. cComments. Got something to say? Start the conversation and be the first to ...

The Lane Report

The Lane Report
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:26:56 -0700

Fayette Mall, the lone regional mall in the Lexington market, had a microscopic 0.8 percent vacancy rate. The Lexington retail space market has fully recovered from the recession and then some, Isaac said. There is a need for additional retail inventory.

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)

WBAL Baltimore
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:30:00 -0800

"I know that with the institutions that we have around there, and the bones of Lexington Market, we can get back there, but it's going to take doing the study and making the investments to get us to where Lexington Market is an asset for residents and ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:24:41 -0800

The lease for the Lexington Market Arcade, located on the southern edge of the complex at 130 N. Eutaw St., was due to expire this year. The landowner, Arcade Limited Partnership, is an affiliate of Alex. Brown Realty, which did not respond to a ...
 
Baltimore Sun (blog)
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:11:10 -0800

A man in his 20s was stabbed inside Lexington Market on Monday evening, police said. lRelated City to buy last piece of Lexington Market. Business · City to buy last piece of Lexington Market. See all related. 8. The man was involved in an altercation ...

KyForward.com

KyForward.com
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:55:58 -0700

Partners in the Bluegrass Double Dollars pilot program include the Lexington Farmers' Market (multiple locations), Good Foods Co-Op (455 Southland Drive) and Lexington Market East End (corner of Third and Race Streets). SNAP users who make a ...

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)

Baltimore Business Journal (blog)
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:19:02 -0800

City officials on Thursday released a master plan calling for a sweeping $26.7 million overhaul of Lexington Market aimed at making it "one of the finest public markets in the country." The plan calls for gutting and rebuilding the eastern side of the ...
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