7801 Oceano Ave.
Jessup, MD 20794


The Maryland Food Center Authority started in 1967 as the Greater Baltimore Consolidated Wholesale Food Market Authority (Chapter 145, Acts of 1967). The Authority was formed to establish and run a consolidated food center within the Greater Baltimore Region. In 1975, the Authority was reorganized as the Maryland Wholesale Food Center Authority (Chapter 729, Acts of 1975). The Authority received its present name in 1979 (Chapter 482, Acts of 1979).

A public instrumentality of the State, the Maryland Food Center Authority operates the Maryland Wholesale Food Center (for produce and seafood), and the Rock Hall Seafood Processing Plant.

The Authority has twelve members. Eight are named to five-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. Four serve ex officio (Code 1957, Art. 41, secs. 13-101 through 13-121).


A 398-acre site, the Center includes the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market and the Maryland Wholesale Seafood Market. With many different types of food operations at one site, the Center provides quality food products efficiently and inexpensively. It employs nearly 4,200 people, using approximately 442,000 square feet of food warehouse space.

Immediately adjacent to Interstate 95, the Center is located in Howard County near Jessup at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Maryland Route 175. Rail-served, the Center is less than 20 minutes from shippers through the Port of Baltimore or BWI Airport.

7460 Conowingo Ave.
Jessup, MD 20794

In 1976, the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market began operation. The Market distributes nearly all of the fresh fruits and vegetables sold throughout a five-state Mid-Atlantic area and the District of Columbia. It is a critical link in the daily supply of produce to restaurants, chain grocers, hotels, wholesale food processors, and consumer buying groups.

The Market distributes an enormous volume of produce, including exotic varieties and items which might otherwise be unavailable unless purchased in very large shipments. In its two buildings, virtually any type of produce grown in the United States and around the world is available daily. On-site inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture grade all produce, verifying quality every day.

7901-A Oceano Ave.
Jessup, MD 20794

The Maryland Wholesale Seafood Market opened in 1984 when the Baltimore Fish Market closed. The Market's ten wholesalers form one of the largest operations on the East coast supplying fresh seafood to the East. Wholesalers use high technology to market fresh seafood to restaurants, grocers, and seafood stores. In addition to local specialties caught in Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic waters, the Market often receives exotic imports through nearby BWI Airport.


P. O. Box 544
Rock Hall, MD 21661

In 1989, the Authority acquired the Rock Hall Seafood Processing Plant in Kent County. This waterside plant is accessible to both Chesapeake Bay watermen and land-based operations which depend upon Bay natural resources, such as finfish and shellfish.

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