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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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41 news items

Afro American

Afro American
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:02:21 -0700

Many have written off the commercial prospects of downtown Baltimore, particularly the area surrounding the historic Lexington Market. They've called the market a relic, pointing to the down-and-out individuals who frequent the area and drugs flooding ...

ABC2 News

ABC2 News
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:45:00 -0700

They have had thousands of customers fill out surveys online and inside the market and have passed that information along to consultants for a study and a plan for what Lexington Market will look like in the future. "There will be structural changes, I ...
 
Baltimore Sun
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:56:15 -0700

In town for performances at the Baltimore Arena since March 26 through April 6, the elephants visited the Lexington Market for a vegetarian buffet. Four Asian elephants made the trip, munching on bananas, carrots, apples and more outside the venue ...

REjournals.com

REjournals.com
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:17:13 -0700

“If you think about the size of our market and the size of the new retail developments coming in, there is some exciting activity in Lexington right now,” Isaac said. The good news? The long-term trend for retail in the Lexington market looks positive ...

Baltimore City Paper

Baltimore City Paper
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:56:15 -0700

Some of the best places to walk around high are the streets surrounding the Lexington Market, which, on a warm Saturday, are teeming with life, people bustling in so many directions and with so many purposes and stories that one is overwhelmed in a ...
 
Greater Greater Washington
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:21:13 -0700

... of the Camden line to Penn Station via tunnel or at the least better connectivity between transit services in the city Marc, Lightrail, and Subway should have unified stations when they are close by and not that so called transfer point that is ...
 
The Real News Network
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:26:15 -0700

You can just go a few blocks over here to Lexington Market, in that area, and look at the number of methadone clinics that are in that area and look at the number of people who are hanging around getting their methadone for the day but who are out ...
 
Eater
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:37:50 -0700

On a recent weekend visit, I eschewed such favorite haunts as Pioneer Pit Beef and Lexington Market to get a taste of Baltimore's evolving restaurant scene. I partly focused on the Hampden neighborhood made famous by John Waters, a working class ...
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