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Welcome to the 8th Annual 

Olney Farmers & Artists Market!

Location:  Grounds of the MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Thrift Shop
at Olney-Sandy Spring Rd (Route 108) & Prince Phillip Drive, Olney,  Maryland

Day & Hours:  Sundays from May 11 to Nov 2, 9 am - 1 pm

Sunday, July 27, 2014



Debbie Amster

The Mighty Kelltones

Susan Bienvenu


Headbands for Hope
Bags for the Bay

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page and our Blog for pictures and more details about the Market.



Eat a Little Something's Freddy Turim will be serving up some new burrito omelettes, as well as one of his favorite standbys: Ratatouille Parmasan Omelet, Smoked Pit Beef Omelette with Provolone, and sausage and bacon.

From now on, the Newsletter will include a list of Crafters who will be at the Market each Sunday.  For more information, check out their
website. This coming Sunday the following will be attending:

  • GiGi's Quilts
  • Knitting by Leah
  • Sugar Lily Hairbows
  • Olney Quality Woodcrafts, LLC
  • Niswander Ceramics & Hunky Punk Creations
  • Bosa Modest Wear
  • Seaglass, Silver and Shells
  • Rockville Potters
  • Bozie's Bags
  • My Therapy
  • Knits and Silks
  • Life Facets


Chef Debbie Amster


The Chef's Demonstration will be presented by one of the Market favorites, Debbie Amster of Nourishing Possibilities.  Debbie is a holistic health coach, cooking teacher and personal chef with a passion for teaching others the benefits of cooking wholesome foods.  She has worked in the field of social work for over 30 years, and finds that she can have the greatest impact on her clients' well-being by encouraging them to mindfully nourish themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  You can find out more about Debbie at her website.


She will be preparing "Eggplant, Four Ways".  There is an abundance of this tasty vegetable in the Market now.  If you think you don't like it, maybe you just haven't found a recipe that suits your taste.  Come and find one this Sunday!




The Mightly Kelltones



The Mighty Kelltones are Kathie Lillie, Ralph Lillie, and Anna Marsh.

Kathie plays the Celtic Harp, Concertina, Penny Whistle, Banjo, Pedal Bass as well as singing.  Encouraged to sing at an early age, Kathie has enjoyed listening, playing and studying music most of her adult life.  Today, the Celtic harp has become her favorite instrument although she enjoys exploring other instruments and musical styles.

Ralph plays the guitars, provides the percussion, and handles the sound engineering.  The original guitarist of The Mighty Kelltones, Ralph has been playing the guitar off and on since high school.  Today he favors flat-picking and slide acoustic guitar styles.  Retired from his day job, Ralph has attended classes at Omega Studies in Rockville, MD studying music production including recording technology and live sound support.

Anna supplies the vocals and plays the keyboard.  Anna began training in classical piano at the age of four, studied music at Bennington College, and has performed as a solo guitarist, singer, and songwriter.  Her influences range from blues to bluegrass, classical to country, pop to punk, and reggae to rock.  Her Celtic and Slavic roots draw her to the haunting melodies, harmonies, and stories of both traditions.

Susan Bienvenu, Acupuncturist

Susan Bienvenu has been in practice since early 2009, and opened her solo practice in May of 2010. Acupuncture was a second career in the helping field, after a career in Information Technology and having spent time as a social worker. Her degree in acupuncture was awarded by TAI SOPHIA, now known as the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. Her practice focus is holistic rather than symptom oriented, concerned with prevention versus using a 'fix-it'' approach. Her treatment successes include depression/anxiety, painful knees, backs and necks, shoulder stiffness and pain, sprained ankle, ganglion cyst treatment, chronic nausea and constipation and insomnia among others. Her website: www.tendingchi.com.

The safest acupuncture to perform for a public setting is the auricular, mostly because the patient does not have to discuss much in the way of their health issues in front of others.  Susan will make that available to marketgoers, along with demonstration of some other treatment methods that do not involve needles. She will also teach some home remedy acupressure points for headache and some first aid points that could be treated with acupressure.


The Mightly Kelltones


Headbands for Hope -- Elana Diestel, along with her friend Keely, are Headbands of Hope representatives for the Maryland community and will again be selling Headbands of Hope headbands this Sunday. For every headband purchased from Headbands of Hope, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.


Their goal is to spread hope, one headband at a time. Elana and Keely get to pass out donated headbands at the Children's National Medical Center in DC, so visit their table to pick out a headband or to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved!

BAGS FOR THE BAY -- the teens involved here take old tee shirts and re-use them by making shopping bags out of them.  All proceeds go towards saving the Chesapeake Bay. If you have any old t-shirts you'd like to have made into one of these bags, be sure to bring them with you when you come on Sunday.  Their booth will be located with the Crafters in the middle of the market grounds.



On Sunday, August 3, the Market will hold Kids in Biz Day.

From 9am to 10am:  Dawn Wagner (Children's Tent director) and her student volunteer, Laura Harris, will teach the children how to make some unusual crafts that they can then sell at the Market.

From 10 am through 1 pm: children can sell the items they made earlier Sunday, or they can sell their own handmade items from home. Children should bring a cigar box or other container to use for cash.

From 11 am to Noon:   Jennifer Brown of Cupcakes Lounge will host a Cupcake Decorating Workshop at 11 a.m. She will supply materials for about 20 kids. We will plan to set up a table in front of her booth, just as we did last year.


Sign up at the children's tent and become an entrepreneur for a day, We'll provide the tents and tables, as well as adult supervision at each tent.

Introducing some of our Vendors (interviews conducted by our student volunteers):

offers bike maintenance at your home.  Pablo worked at a bike repair shop for 5 years. He found that many women came in with their kids and asked how to get their bicycles to the shop for repairs.  At that time there was no one who offered to provide transport of bikes to the repair shops. So these customers would leave, unable to get the bikes repaired.  Determined to find a solution, Pablo created a service where customers could have their bikes fixed at home or at work, or at another location of convenience.  Customers can coordinate with Biketex through its website to schedule a time to have their bikes repaired.  During the market, Biketex is offering to repair any bike brought to the market for a special price.  To schedule an appointment on Market Sundays, check out the website

All Things Olive is a company that sells California olive oils and vinegars. Keith Voight's involvement grew out of a personal interest he loves selling these products because they taste good. And even better, the oils and vinegars are really good for you. So ...what can be better than something that tastes good and is good for you?  There are so many different olive flavors available. They can range from buttery to grassy, and many flavors in between.  Keith loved this community -- his customers respect him and love his olive oils.  What a wonderful world that loves "All Things Olive" and always will! (Interview conducted by Zack Crim).



(Photos by Judy Newton)

And last, but by far not the least, the Friends of the Olney Farmers & Artists Market would like to extend a VERY huge THANK-YOU to Ricciuti's, Taste Gastropub, al Sospiro, and the Winery at Olney for a wonderful Progressive Dinner fundraiser.  About thirty people took part, and all agreed that the food, the welcome provided at each restaurant, and the ambience passed their expectations!  The Friends are so grateful for the community's support.  We'd also like to thank Jane McCarthy for loaning her house for the evening's staging point.


We are asking customers for their help dealing with an overflowing trash issue. We can handle the recyclables, but we would be most appreciative, if they would dispose of any other trash at home.  The hospital is appreciative too!

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.

Donations for the Market Are Tax-Deductible!

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!!

On Sunday, August 3, the Market will hold Kids in Biz Day.


From 9am to 10am: Children will learn how to make items they can sell at the Market.  Selling starts at 10am.  Kids can sell the items they made earlier Sunday, or they can sell their own handmade items from home.  See flyer here!


Sign up at the children?s tent and become an entrepreneur for a day, We'll provide the tents and tables, as well as adult supervision at each tent.  However, please bring a cigar box (or something to hold your proceeds).

In other News...

  • Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Marlene Zaborsky, wife of our former treasurer, Matt Zaborsky. She had major surgery July 15.

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!!!


  • Check out this story on the WTOP radio website.

  • 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 some time - great photographs and comments, all due to the wonderful efforts of Amy Harbison.

  • 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.  Also Robyn and John Quinter for replacing our poor worn-out Texas Pickles sign!
  • 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.

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