Many of you reading this column already know of Richardson Farms, a one-stop-shop for not only produce, dairy, poultry, furniture, house baked goods, but finger licking ready-to-eat, home-styled comfort food like your granny would make. Located on Ebenezer Road less than a mile off Route 40 Richardson Farms is Disneyland for food-centric enthusiasts with hand rolled butter, Greek extra virgin olive oil refill station, greens so beautiful that you will want to eat kale, and so much more.
I’ve been hearing about this multi-generational owned farm and what I believed was a farm stand really is a super-sized grocery store. I have also been hearing about their Executive Chef Ben Simpkins, who with the move to bigger digs, five years ago created a complete culinary program for Richardson Farms that is staggering both in the selection and volume. Chef Simpkins has come to the table, pun intended, with some serious street creds, most recently cooking at the James Beard House.
Great believers in supporting other local businesses and farms, Richardson’s has Kilby Cream, Taharka, Moores, Fisher’s Popcorn, Keyes Creamery, Sun of Italy, Lohr’s Orchard, Roma, Chesapeake Roasting Company, Crabby “J” and more. There aren’t too many places anymore you can purchase milk in a bottle.
The ready-to-eat food selection is insane from the house cured deli meats (no nitrates), chopped salads to their big seller, individual chicken pot pies. We were eating our food-to-go in the heated greenhouse which filled quickly with blue and white collar workers who definitely know a good thing—top quality food, fair market price and as Chef Ben says, “You don’t have to leave a tip.”
We took advantage of the Wednesday special of the smoked brisket and added a chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, greens and an éclair and bread pudding. We were even treated to a container of burnt ends. Chef Simpkins must have a Jewish grandmother in him. “eat, eat” – so much food, and a lot went home with us. Here is Richardson Farms’ Winter Menu to peruse; fair warning, you will be hungry once you look at it. Need a unique private event space, they cater and the garden room has been used for many a festive function. Check out their Winter Craft Show on Saturday/Sunday – February 6th and 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you have known about Richardson Farms or not, maybe it’s time to stop by. This is one of the places I wish was nearby my home in Northwest Baltimore, although a quick hop on the beltway and over to Route 40 east isn’t all that far. Be sure to check out the slideshow for a real feel of our visit to Richardson Farms and their Facebook page for daily specials.
Richardson Farms- 5900 Ebenezer Road – White Marsh, MD 21162 410.335.5900 www.RichardsonFarms.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardsonFarms5900/