Welcome to the
Olney Farmers & Artists Winter Market!
Location: Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD
Day & Hours: Sunday Jan 11 thru Mar 29, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The Super Bowl kickoff isn't until 6:30 pm, so you'll have plenty of time to stop by the Market and stock up on everything you'll need to satisfy your friends and family's snacking and eating needs before then. You can start out with Magnet Gourmet's crab soup and/or crab cakes, and their specialty salsas. Then pick up empanadas from El Tenedor de Nacho (new vendor - I can attest that the empanadas are muy delicious). Of course, soup and other tasty foods can be bought at Dalat Dalai. Rare Opportunity Farm will be available for purchase
Savory-sweet spreads such as spicy-delicious Jalapeno Jelly or Habanero Gold can be gotten at the Rare Opportunity Farm stand. These spreads are delicious over cream cheese with crackers.
Healthy nibbling can be had from Chocolate and Tomatoes (they had organic carrots a couple of weeks ago), as well as a variety of other root and leafy veggies from Cats Paw Organic Farm.
Your main courses can be bought at Orchard Breeze - milk, eggs, bacon, and pork sausages (among other items). Breads, scones, and biscuits from Atwater's.
Then of course the best for last -- cupcakes from Cupcakes Lounge, loaf cakes (big and small) from both Falcon Ridge and Cats Paw, cookies and other goodies from Rare Opportunity Farm (new vendor) and Killdeer Valley Cookies, chocolates from Chocolates and Tomatoes, and last, but not certainly least, pastries and cakes from El Tenedor Nacho.
All of the above can be washed down with Great Shoals wines and Zeke's coffees.
One item that still needs to be addressed: volunteers are needed to help with the setting up and taking down tables, children's activities, and other items at the Market. If any student (or adult) is interested, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4faaaa2ca57-winter to sign up.
Be sure to stop by Falcon Ridge Farm and stock up on their jams, jellies, pie fillings, apples, baked goods, whatever. This will be their last Winter Market appearance. They'll return for the regular Market, opening on Mother's Day.
Knitting by Leah - she'll be back at the Market on February 15, and can take custom orders and requests before then. She'll bring the requested items to the Market then. To touch base with her, you can send her an email (email@example.com) or via her website (www.knittingbyleah.com).
For those who are looking for Parick Design Planters -- unfortunately the vendors decided not to continue with the Market. The succulent and cactus containers will be missed.
Killdeer Valley Cookies offers a variety of home-baked cookies from wholesome ingredients, without artificial flavors or preservatives. The cookies are baked on a historic century farm in Woodbine, Maryland, and individually wrapped for the market. Each week up to 24 varieties are offered, including options that are gluten free, egg free, dairy free, vegan and made without sugar. Stop by to sample popular varieties like crystallized ginger, chocolate espresso, orange zest, salted toffee pretzel and peanut butter & flax, because life is too short to eat store-bought cookies!
Check out the Rare Opportunity Farm's website for all of the delicious products they sell -- many of which can be bought at the Winter Market.
El Tenedor de Nacho is a family- owned and operated CATERING. We’ve been around since 1996 yet the family history in COOKING goes back much further. They use fine ingredients and a traditional methods to produce exceptional artisanal EMPANADAS, LASAGNA, BOLIVIAN DISHES, DESSERTS, and MUCH MUCH MORE.
Mwana & Mariamu of Bosa Modest Wear has created an Etsy event page for the Winter Market. Any vendor with an Etsy account can "join" the event. It'll be listed in the local events section for any Etsy user in our area. That event will also be listed on the individual's Etsy page. Go to this link to see the event page: https://www.etsy.com/local/event/20194571254/olney-farmers-and-artists-winter-market-january-11 For those who aren't familiar with Bosa Modest Wear, they are a mother-daughter team who make and design ladies wear influenced by local and world fashions. Each of their designs is carefully handcrafted locally in Maryland so you can be sure of a unique and high quality product. They strive to provide trendy clothes for ladies who want to dress modestly and fashionably.
Their designs include African Dresses, Caftans, Abayas, Tunics, Muumuu, Skirts and Halter Dresses. They use a variety of fabrics including African Print, Cottons and blends. Mwana and Marimu also design winter wear including Fleece Scarves and Ponchos, as well as having a children's line including Girl's Dresses and Pillowcase Dresses. For more information, go to their Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bosamodest/about?ref=announce.
Some background information on our Cat's Paw Organic Farm: The name of the farm came about because a mountain lion was a frequent visitor to the farm which is located in Union Bridge, MD, just west of Westminster, MD. That’s right folks –a mountain lion! Farmer Rudy Medicus is a Harvard trained Ph.D. He and his wife Judy’s farm is a Certified Organic Producer of vegetables and herbs by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
CHEF DEMONSTRATION -- SARAH WAYBRIGHT (starts at noon)
Sarah is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a true love for food – and talking about food, and making food, and growing food, and sharing food. She believe there is no perfect diet: vegetarian/vegan, low carb, low fat, Paleo, Weight Watchers can all work as long as you love what you eat and care enough to take the first step to better health through EATING REAL FOOD.
How does eating fiber help control cholesterol? Why can simple sugars cause you to "crash?" How does eating salt affect blood pressure? When you know what food does when it gets past your lips, you're more likely to make better choices - learn how to make food work for you! For more information, check out her website: http://whyfoodworks.com.
MUSICAL GUESTS -- THE MIGHTY KELLTONES (starts at 11) http://www.mightykelltones.com/
Celtic Harpist Kathie Lillie was 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. She also plays the Concertina, Penny Whistle, Banjo, and Pedal Bass.
Ralph Lillie is the original guitarist for the group. He's been playing the guitar off and on since high school. Today he favors flat-picking and slide acoustic guitar styles. Having retired from his day job, he has studied recording technology and live sound support at the Omega Studies in Rockville.
Anna Marsh 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.
Message from the Market Chairman Janet Terry
A special thanks to Bob Portanova for building a new sign for the Market! We also bought a new (commercially-made) sign and posted it just to the East of the Museum on Rte108. Reports have it we had our biggest attendance ever yesterday (Jan 25).
I also want to thank Bobbi for running the show in my absence and to Judy and Jesse for handling the Comfort Food competition.
We do plan one change next Sunday. We’ll try leaving the side door locked, so all customers must enter through the front (assuming we are not committing any fire code violation). There is already a sign EXIT ONLY posted at the side door, but customers are ignoring that. If we do have any extra volunteers, we can post one at the side door insuring no one enters that way. Our goal is to ensure all customers stop by all areas of the Market, both outside and inside.
A reminder: a special event planned for Feb. 15th -- Chocolate Happy Hour. Please bring a chocolate creation to the Market by 11:30 am. Prizes will be awarded. Please tell your customers. Flyers will be created and distributed soon.
Thanks to all for a great day!
Friendship Star Quilters Guild Quilt Raffle
Founded in 1981, Friendship Star Quilters Guild (FSQ), a non-profit organization, provides an educational and social forum for quilters in Montgomery County Maryland and surrounding areas. FSQ provides a monthly program of lectures and workshops by some of the country's foremost quilters as well as the opportunity to participate in Service Project Workshops to create quilts to donate to local service organizations. Small quilting groups within the guild also provide a more intimate environment of support, sharing, and friendship.
Each year, members participate in the creation of an annual raffle quilt. The sales of tickets not only provides funding to support FSQ activities including its Service Projects, but we also donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities. In 2015, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of tickets will go to the Fisher Houses of the Walter Reed National Medical Center, helping wounded military and their families and the Betty Ann Krahnke Center, helping victims of domestic violence.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Market. The drawing to win the quilt will be at the next FSQ Quilt show, scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26, 2015, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. The tickets are $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00.
Don't forget to check out our Facebook page and our Blog for pictures and more details about the Market.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WONDERFUL AND TRULY GENEROUS FARMERS
Manna sent their thanks to the generosity of the staff and vendors of the Olney Farmers Market. Due in part to your efforts, Manna was able to distribute over 100,000 pounds of produce to Montgomery County families experiencing food insecurity. Our farmers contributed a whopping 34,693 pounds of fruits and vegetables this season!!
In February, the Montgomery County Council is going to be honoring the efforts of the Market and our amazing farmers for their efforts in ensuring that Manna had sufficient fresh produce for their clients.
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!!
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!!
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!
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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