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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, August 31, 2014



Lindsey Seegers, Nutrition Educator

Manna Food Center

Hot Chili Pepper
Eating Contest!


DON'T FORGET -- THIS SUNDAY ONLY -- Extended hours (9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Special Note for Volunteers:

We would like you to come for both set up (@ 7:30), and this week's-only special closing time (3 pm).  Students can go home in between, if you want.  We'll start closing down at 2:45 pm this day only. 

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



We have a new vendor starting this week -- Blue Ridge Dairy (www.brdairy.com).   Blue Ridge is strictly a cheese, yogurt, and butter maker in Sterling, VA.  They're a small artisanal producer of handcrafted fresh and applewood smoked mozarella, burrata, fresh ricotta, aged feta, cultured butter, whole and lowfat yogurt, and lowfat greek-style yogurt in various flavors.

Holy Crepes will be back this week.

Edward Allan Faine will be back at the Market this Sunday.  He's an author and publisher of his own children's stories.  He will be here on Sunday with his children's books (Bebop Babies, Little Ned Stories, and How-To Cowboy), and his first book for grownups (Ellington at the White House 1969).

Jamie Agins will be selling her gorgeous fuse-glass jewelry on Sunday.  She has some new pieces that you need to stop and see.  The photograph at right is of one of her reactive amphora pendants.  Stop by and see all of her pieces.

Angels and Anchors will have special 1812 inspired Swarovski Crystal jewel sets available this Sunday.


We're sorry to say goodbye to Mrs. Reynolds' Bake Shop -- their final day was last Sunday.

Ester's Granola will not be at the Market this week.  But Jennifer (Cupcakes Lounge) will be selling some of Ester's granolas, cookies, and bars.

Neither Red Colander nor The Farm at Our House will be at the Market either.


Lindsey Seegers, Nutrition Educator, Manna Food Center


Lindsey Seegers is Manna Food Center's Nutrition Educator and award-winning blogger. Her healthy eating classes and recipes for Montgomery County residents are featured on the blog Manna Minute. Her background is in Social Work and Nutrition; her passion is preparing food always delicious and nutritious. She teaches cooking classes, nutrition workshops, and leads grocery store tours around Montgomery County about affordable and do-able healthy cooking. Lindsey's true passion is in the kitchen, especially teaching kids to cut, cook, and love vegetables.



Due to traffic issues associated witht the War of 1812 celebration in Brookville, MD


The Market hours will be extended on August 31 - from 9 am through 3 pm. This is due to the War of 1812 celebration in Brookeville. The Celebration organizers will be using the Market parking area for people going to Brookeville (a shuttle bus will be provided).  Due to this expected crowd, we'll be staying open those extra 2 hours in order to ensure that you, our customers, will be able to enjoy all that the Market has to offer.

Hot Pepper Eating Contest, August 31st


The Market is hosting a Hot Pepper Eating Contest on Sunday, August 31, at 1 :00 p.m.  Participants must register and sign a waiver. They are allowed unlimited water, but must eat each pepper in 2 minutes or less.  They must chew and swallow each pepper; nothing must be left but the cap.


There are a total of five peppers each contestant must consume -- in order from mildest to hottest:

1 - Jalapeno
2 - Serrano
3 - Jamaican Hot
4 - Fatali

5 - Ghost Pepper
6 - Trinidad Scorpion (tiebreaker)

If needed, the Tiebreaker will be Trinidad Scorpion Hot Pepper.

There is no entry fee, but all contestants will be required to complete an entry form and sign a waiver.  Grand Prize:  Two (2) tickets to the Olney Theatre.  A $25.00 voucher for a shopping spree at the Market will also be awarded.


Community Radiology Associates


Community Radiology Associates is proud to offer families in Olney and Montgomery County high quality imaging services, including MRI, CT, x-ray, digital mammo, ultrasound, and PET/CT.


As we inch closer to October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, CRA values an important message...."Early Detection Saves Lives"!


For more information, check out their website.


A Little Pop of Color
Art as I
Bags for the Bay
Boozie's Bags
GiGi's Quilts
Gourds By DaphneB
Knits and Silks
Knitting By Leah
Life Facets
My Therapy
Niswander Ceramics & Hunky Punk Creations
Princess Shoppe (American Girl Doll Clothes)
Seaglass, Silver and Shells
SFB Crafts.com

Sugar Lily Hairbows
Tibet Sky Emporium


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