The 32nd Street Farmers Market Board consists of ten persons: five (5) Community Members and five (5) Market Vendors. They have been Members of the market for at least one year and are elected for one-year terms at the annual meeting in January. Officers of the Corporation include a President, a Vice-President, Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Board.
Beau Z. Brendt — A partner at Max’s Degrees (featuring herb and spice blends, available online and at markets in Maryland) since its inception in 2012 and Co-Owner of Max’s Spice Beaudega (Coming Spring 2024!), Beau served as Vice-President until his election as Executive Director in 2021 (and presently as Head Market Master and Media Designer.) He is a Waverly resident and an active member of Waverly Main Street. [http://maxsdegrees.com] [https://www.linkedin.com/in/beauzbrendt/]
Bernard W. Hudnall — His 30+ years experience as a market vendor, manager, consultant, Board member and developer of a local food distribution non-profit gives him insight into all levels of market business operations. Bernard anticipates his continuing to work closely with farmers and producers to insure their input will insure the Market’s sustainability; recruit new vendors and volunteers; and work with underserved community groups to encourage their ‘buying local, getting fresh’ at the Market.
Shane Hughes — Board Treasurer. His nearly-two-decade career as a Certified Public Accountant has contributed to the success at Liberty Delight Farms in Reisterstown, which he created in 2009. He has been an active vendor since 2012, and has been the Treasurer since 2016. The Market’s continued fiscal viability is his goal. [https://www.libertydelightfarms.com]
Anna Kent — With two decades in the hospitality industry and four years as chef-owner of Tom Cat’s Kitchen (100% plant-based prepared foods), Anna has honed expertise in small business finance management, culinary innovation, and exceptional guest relations. If elected, she would seek the expansion of the local business community through supporting new and would-be owners, enhancing and expanding her neighbors’ access to quality local food and products, and exploring sustainable strategies for the market ecosystem’s growth and longevity. [https://www.tomcatskitchen.com/]
Dimitrios Komninos. President and CEO of Greek Super Foods/Dimitri Olive Oil, he proudly notes that the Market was one of its first vending opportunities. The company imports cold pressed virgin olive oil from farms in southern Greece, and distributes it through the District–Maryland–Virginia area. A graduate of University of Baltimore, Dimitri wants to harness his knowledge as an experienced market vendor in ways that will strength each vendor’s revenue and growth potential. [https://dimitrioliveoil.com/]
Joan Norman — Board Vice President. Growing up in Govans, Joan’s family shopped the Market as customers before One Straw Farm became a vendor in 1989. Based in White Hall, the farm grows certified organic vegetables and hemp. Joan was instrumental in the recent modernizations for the Market; she will continue to encourage the Market’s growth and benefits to the customers, vendors, and community. [https://www.onestrawfarm.com]
Martha Lucius — Board President. A consultant to restaurants and podcast host, she grew up in Tanzania, Thailand, and India knowing farmers markets are THE way to shop. She has shopped, cooked, and eaten seasonally from the Market since 1997, joined its Board in 2020, and is on her second term as President. In 2024 she’s eager to advance the Market’s vibrant community, improve local food security, and be the
economic hub in the heart of the city.
Miller J. Roberts III — Long-time Baltimore resident, member and officer of several nonprofit and neighborhood boards, he is the Board President for the Charles Village Community Benefits District, which provides supplemental safety and sanitation support to the Charles Village area. Miller was instrumental in securing a cardboard recycling program for the Market in 2023. He anticipates creating more recycling and special events opportunities in 2024, while growing the Market’s sponsorship base.
John Shields — Chef, author, and chief operating force at Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, John (a resident of Tuscany-Canterbury) has advocated for local farmers and artisan food makers from California to Baltimore for more than 25 years. The Market has been featured multiple times on his online cooking show, “Chesapeake Farm & Bay to Table.” He plans to continue expanding the Market’s presence through television and social media.
Ann Tropea. Editor and communications professional with 20+ years of publishing experience, including community cookbooks and food-related editorials. She has been a regular Market-goer since moving to Baltimore in 2020 (her husband Joe Tropea has rarely missed a week since the early 2000s). Ann is an avid home cook and small farm advocate, and plans to leverage her storytelling abilities to share the magic of the market with a wider audience.
Susan Walther — Board Secretary. An avid weekly Market shopper, she continues to be delighted with its locally-grown produce and ongoing support of entrepreneurial opportunities. Since retiring as a museum publication designer, she’s been an active Charles Village community volunteer and Board member/Secretary/Communications Committee chair since 2021. She will continue to develop, promote, and chronicle Market events, to broaden its appeal to the greater community and thereby welcome new members, vendors, and customers.
Vernon ‘Marc’ Rey — in Memoriam. For over forty years, Marc was a volunteer, board member, recent past President, and its dedicated Community Liaison at his retirement in June 2023. He coordinated the GEDCO/CARES, Maryland Market Money, SNAP/debit/EBT programs, grant awards, and Market operations management. The Market honors his legacy of dedication to vendors and customers.