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Welcome to the 8th Annual 

Olney Farmers & Artists Winter Market!

Market Location:   Route 108 & Prince Phillip Drive, Olney,  Maryland

Countdown to Mother's Day at the Market

*** Grand Re-Opening Sunday, May 11th, 9am - 1pm !! ***

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Market News

LAST WINTER MARKET DAY!

Although it's the last Winter Market for this season, there will be plenty to see, hear, and experience.  We have the potters of the Sandy Spring Clay Works in their studio across from the museum.  They will be available to answer questions and to show how they do what they do.

And ... Clark Mollenhoff, master acupunturist, will be returning to the Market with his magic needles.  You need to stop by and experience him for yourself -- pure heaven.  And issues you might have with needles will disappear as Clark explains what he's doing and what you'll experience.  Truly a wonderful time - relax and enjoy.

And one of our favorite musicians will be appearing in the Dr. Byrd Room - Jeff Burnett.  He has performed at several of this year's Winter Markets, as well as during the regular Farmers Market.

Please stop by the Dalat Deli booth and thank Tee for his amazing work in managing and coordinating the Market!  We don't know how we could have gotten by without him.  Travis Morse is also to be thanked for all of his support during the Market as well.

And, as mentioned above, don't forget our regular Market opens on May 11. Come celebrate Mother's day with us.  Lots of surprises for Mom;  plus the possibility of free massages.  We have new vendors as well as our
wonderful regulars who make the Olney Farmers & Artists Market so special.

Vendors:  don't forget there's a pre-Market brunch and meeting on May 4, at 11:00 am.  A Manna representative will be there to speak with Farmers, so we hope you'll make a special effort to attend.  More details coming soon will be sent out soon.
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Vendor applications for our 2014 Spring/Summer Market are now available for download on our website. See VENDOR PAGE for more information.

 

There's a new Volunteer Sign-up Page on the OFAM website. You'll be able to sign up for morning set-up and/or afternoon take-down.  In addition, we're also seeking volunteers to help during the market hours (9 am to 1 pm).  SSL hours are available for all students who volunteer.

 


Pottery Demonstrations by Sandy Spring Clay Works

 

      

The Sandy Spring Clay Works is a group of professional potters interested in the history of Sandy Spring and the Fair Hill Pottery Manufactory (also referred to as the Canby Pottery) that operated in Olney in the early 1800s. Each brings her own approach to clay, creating unique ware that is functional, decorative and artistic.

Karen Blynn has been 'playing with mud' for a long time - while in school, while raising a family, and now after retiring from NASA. Karen resides in Silver Spring, after living and playing in various cities and pottery studios across the country.

Rikki Condon is recently retired from the Library of Congress where she was a Rare Book Conservator and Exhibition Conservator for 31 years. In addition to ceramics, she works in watercolor and other media to create non-representational drawings and paintings.

Jean Fletcher is an economics professor. One summer, on a whim, she took a ceramics class and found her passion. Jean's work emphasizes the synthesis of modern shapes and natural or traditional designs.

Pamela Reid is a teaching artist and co-owner of Blue Thistle Pottery. Pamela teaches through Montgomery County Recreation Department and Class Acts Arts.

Robin Ziek began working with clay in college, and apprenticed with a Danish potter at that time. After a long career in history and architecture, she is very glad to come back to clay.  Her work currently involves a combination of wheel and hand-built techniques.


The potters will be in their studio (in the barn across the courtyard) during the Farmers Market and will be doing demos/working while there. They plan to have the barn doors open (as long as it's not too cold).

For more information, visit their website.


Community Awareness Event

 

Kang's Karate is hosting a Community Family Fun Fitness Festival in Sandy Spring.  The overall content for the festival is  basically, complete wellness Mind, Body, Spirit, and environment.  So far, the Olney Library, Growing Soul and Sandy Spring Friends School have been contacted and will participate.  Kang's will be doing Mommy and me, Zumba, Pilates, and all forms of karate mini classes and demonstrations.

This Community Family Fun Fitness Festival in Sandy Spring is scheduled for Saturday, May 17th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you need more information, please contact Mark Malakoff at Kang's Karate 240 731-7300.  Kang's is located at 17810 Meeting House Rd. in Sandy Spring.


Opportunity Quilt

 

Raffle tickets for the Opportunity Quilt will continue to be sold at the Market through March 30.  The Quilt will also be displayed.  The sale of the raffle tickets will benefit the Fisher House and Transformations of Montgomery County.

 


 

Winter Market - Vendor Information

 

New vendors at the Market this season (unless otherwise noted, should be at the Market every Sunday)

Cat's Paw Organics  -  organic greens, fresh salads, baked goods
Ekaa, Hands That Create:  jewelry and shawls (unsure of dates, rotates with another vendor)
Jennifer's Freedom Company .:  homemade & hand-poured soy candles (alternates with Red Colander)
Healthier Steps:  All-natural skin care products including, bar & liquid soaps, salt scrubs, sugars (every Sunday)
Linda's Luncheonette:  comfort food from a food truck (e.g., mac & cheese)
Little Ned Stories (author Edward Faine) -- will appear one Sunday a month
Magnet Earth Gourmet
Olney Natural (jams & jellies)
Olney Quality Woodcrafts :  boxes, wine glass holders, trivets, cutting boards, cheese boards  - alternates with Robert Portanova) 
Red Colander fresh pasta- alternates with Freedom Co.
Robert Portanova - artist:  Southwestern tables & wall hangings made from reclaimed wood - alternates with Pete Carlson Olney Quality Woodcrafts.

Other pairings (artists who alternate each Sunday):


Jamie Agins Glass Art  / Marti Andress  Marti's Art2Craft 
Angels and AnchorsChaan Gorke  ;  BEADazzling Designs - Marilyn Hummer
Cathy Lerario , Sea Glass; Rona Fitzgerald (Luminaries)


Market Artists -- those who've been with the Market in the past (unless otherwise noted - should be at the Market every Sunday)


Beads by Bettina (Mar 30)
Firewood (sold outside)
Handmade by Cindi (Mar 23 , Mar 30 (maybe))
Knitting by Leah (next appearance TBA))

Food and Farmers -- those who've been at the Market in the past


Bon Vivant
Cupcakes Lounge
Dalat Deli
Elk Run Vineyards

Ester's Granola
Falcon Ridge
Kettle Corn
Mark Hill Chocolates
Orchard Breeze
Phil's Dills
PlantMasters / M&M Plants
Scuderi Oils

See you Sunday from 10-2!


The Friends of the Olney Farmers and Artists Market is a non-profit organization, and therefore is a great place to make a last minute donation.  Our needs include new tents, banners, signs, and van repairs.  We ill be grateful for any and all support.  Thank you!!

  Donations for the Market Are Tax-Deductible!


A reminder to all of our visitors:the Market provides vouchers for our neediest customers, so they can double the amount of produce they purchase.


OFAM Online Store - Help Support the Market!!

 
Check out our  OFAM Online Store !  Help support the market by purchasing selected merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, tote bags, coffee mugs, water bottles, and magnets. They make great gift items too! Come on folks, let's see those shirts & hats at the market!!!


OFAM News

  • Connecting with Our Community (on Montgomery County public access TV) interviewed OFAM volunteer Kathy Kidd about the Market last week.  Click here to see the entire interview.  Host Karen Allen and Kathy discussed the rapid growth of the Market and how it's not just a great place to buy fresh locally grown produce any more.  It's now a destination point where you can watch visiting featured chefs, wonderful artists and much more at our now year-round Market.
  • The Market would like to thank Kathy Brumberger for her generous donation.
  • Janet Terry was the guest speaker at the Olney Rotary Club's first meeting of 2014.  She spoke about our second annual Winter Market and urged everyone to come out and support the Market and its local artists, craftsmen, farmers, musicians, and food vendors.
  • On September 26, 2013, the GEORGETOWNER carried a story on the Market's first fundraiser -- "5 Star Chefs Wow for Friends of Olney Farmers Market."
  • On August 12, CNN Money published an article on its website about the Best Places for the Rich and Single [to live].  Olney, MD, was #9, and the Market was listed as one of the reasons for it making the list.
  • On July 24, 2013, GazetteNet.com published a story about the Market's "Farm to Fabulous" fundraisers.
  • Watch our market video from the May 19, 2013 market, thanks to Doug Terry!
  • Keep up with the Market via the OFAM Blog ,written by our own Judy Newton.  And be sure to "like" us on Facebook -- check our page out to see some great photographs and comments.
  • On May 20, 2013, American Food Roots headlined the Market in its article "A Good Crop of farmers markets blooms this season."
  • On May 8, 2013, the Gazette.net published an article on the Market, "Spring kickoff for Olney Farmers and Artists Market."  Also read their March 13, 2013 article, "Olney market organizers cooking up ideas for spring season."
  • Check out the Washington Post interactive map for area farmers' markets, published April 30, 2013.  The Market is listed in their Going Out Guide!
  • This newsletter was included in the Washington Post article, "From farmers markets, the e-mail I'll always open," published April 30, 2013.
  • The Washingtonian Magazine included us in its Farmers Market Directory 2013, published in May 2013. Also in the May 2013 issue, the Washingtonian Magazine included our opening in its web article "Beyond Brunch:  Unusual -- But Still Really Fun - Ideas for Mother's Day," published on May 3, 2013.
  • The Washington Business Journal ranked the Olney Farmers & Artists Market as a Top 25 Farmers market in its April 22, 2013, edition.  This is a huge honor, and the Market ranking will be featured in its upcoming 2014 Book of Lists ranking the top 2800 local organizations.

2013-14 Market Vendors List


Due to the length and detail of this year's vendors listing (farmers, food vendors, and artists), we've decided to provide a link to the Market List on the OFAM website.


To Receive Information . . .

Keep up with the Market via the OFAM Blog, written by our own Judy Newton.  Please "Like" us on... Facebook  for updated Market news, and Follow us   on Twitter!!  Our Facebook page has reached nearly2,000 people!!!  And we have over 1,000 Facebook friends , so stay connected!

Subscribe  to our weekly newsletter, chock full of information about what is planned each Market day.  Fill in the form and say Subscribe!  You'll join our growing list of informed market patrons (over 1,000 and growing) who know what they're looking for and where to find it!


Olney Farmers & Artists Market -- In Partnership with...

Sandy Spring Museum , Manna Food Center Our House , and growingSoul

Over the course of the year, the Market raises funds to be used to help our neediest customers.  If a farmer or member of our Steering Committe knows someone how has lost his/her job and/or is desperately in need, the Market offers vouchers that will double the amount of produce the customer can buy, with a maximum limit of $15.  No questions asked and no identification is necessary.


The Olney Farmers & Artists Market is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization