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Welcome to the Annual

Olney Farmers & Artists Holiday 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, December 7, 2014

      It's Our Annual Holiday Market!!

Bundle up warmly this Sunday - we'll keep you warm with propane heaters, a warming center, and free handwarmers; also the Girl Scouts will be cooking up s'mores; Santa will make a stop; and we'll have our traditional farm animal parade. The Holiday Market will be at our usual outdoor location, hours are from 11 am to 3 pm.

Santa Claus should also be available to have photographs taken with your kids (details available at the Information Table on Sunday).

Rockland Barbeque and Grilling Company will be serving up its fabulous BBQ at the Holiday Market.  Rocklands has been serving real wood-smoked barbeque to Washington-area fans since 1990. Four locations -- DC, Arlington, Alexandria and Rockville -- make it easy to get to  your favorite barbequed ribs, chicken and beef.  Rocklands' catering crew handles parties big and small, from birthdays to business lunches to weddings. Visit them online at www.rocklands.com for all the scoop.

We have a new vendor coming to our Holiday Market this year -- Glass by Dave.  He's a stained and fused glass artist from Baltimore.  He used recycled glass to make his pieces.


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


Our Holiday on-line Shopping Site! --  There's still time for you to go to our site and choose some great presents.  Gift baskets from Falcon Ridge Farms, Shepherds Manor Creamery, Great Shoals Winery, Banner Bees, Magnet  Earth Gourmet.  Or beautiful jewelry sets from Angels & Anchors, beautiful hand-crafted tables from Robert Portanova, special olive oils from All Things Olive, and much more.


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!!


It will open on Sunday, January 11, 2015, and close on Sunday, March 29.  Hours will be 10 am to 2 pm.  Location will be the same as before -- the Sandy Spring Museum. Applications for Winter Market available via OFAM website www.olneyfarmersmarket.org).  Orientation meeting will be held for all vendors on December 14 at the Sandy Spring Museum @ 11 am.  Breakfast will be served.

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!!

  • 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