2021 Board of Directors

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.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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, 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/]

 

VENDOR MEMBERS

Andy Bachman — A market vendor since 2008, Andy also served as Secretary for ten years. He and his family own and operate Andy’s Eggs and Poultry in Fallston, raising about 3,000 laying hens as well as broilers, turkeys, hogs, and lambs on the 70-acre farm. [https://www.andyseggsandpoultry.com]

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. [https://www.libertydelightfarms.com]

Damaris (Didi) Johnson — A dedicated long-time vendor, who with her husband Brian operates the CurryShack at the Market (which features Afro-Latin savory foods and spices foodstuffs), Didi is known for her willingness to step up for a wide variety of market-related tasks and efforts. Family medical emergencies currently curtail her active participation. [http://curryshackmarketbalto.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com]

John McKeown, Jr. —  Both as a grower (owner of Locust Point Flowers in Elkton) and Board member for many years, John is a regular presence at the Market. Among other duties, he has processed the winter market applications for more than a dozen years. [https://localflowers.org/local_flowers_member/locust-point-flowers/]

Joan Norman — Growing up in Govans, Joan’s family came to 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; the Market has become a major part of the business. Joan has served on the Board in the past. [https://www.onestrawfarm.com]

 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Martha Lucius — Board Vice-President. A consultant to independent restaurants, she is also an avid gardener. She grew up in Africa and Asia, where outdoor markets are the only way food could make it to the table. Now a resident of Hampden, she’s been coming to the market since 1997.

Marc Rey — Board President. A long-time Board member, Marc assists with management, coordinates the GEDCO/CARES and debit/EBT outreach programs, and has worked with state organizations to help form a Farmers Market Coalition. He was a teacher with Baltimore City Public Schools for 34 years; Marc lives in Tuscany-Canterbury.

Heather Rutz — Board Secretary. A market aficionado since September 1993 when she moved to Baltimore, Heather was elected as Secretary to the Board in 2020. She is an epidemiologist at the Maryland Department of Health and resides in Waltherson.

John Shields — The chef, author, and chief operating force at Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, John has advocated for local farmers and artisan food makers from California to Baltimore, for more than 25 years. He lives in Tuscany–Canterbury.

Susan Walther — After retiring as a graphic designer at a museum in 2010, Susan and her husband moved to Charles Village. She cites the community’s pride in the Market’s longevity, proximity, and year-round availability as key factors in their decision to relocate to Baltimore.