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Welcome to the


Olney Farmers & Artists Market!

Location:  2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, at the corner of Prince Phillip Dr & Rte 108, Olney, MD

Day & Hours: Sunday May 10 through November 1, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm.




Susan Belsinger, Author, Chef, & Photographer

(Demo starts at 11 am - behind the Information Tent)


Sandra Dean returns to the Market with her fresh interpretations of classic rock, blues & soul songs.

***  BE FIT TENT ***

There will be two Be Fit tents this Sunday:

Debra Balenson, Massage Therapist

Boot Camp Girl Program - Stephanie Dignans

(besides an Information tent, Stephanie will be conducting an exercise class at 10:30 -- be sure to try out her program).


Chile aficionado, Susan Belsinger, is guest chef at this week's market and she will be discussing all aspects of the capsicums from different varieties, how to handle them, harvest and preserve them. she is going to make one of her favorite chile recipes /cabbage en escabeche/ which is a southwestern-type slaw and she is going to show you how to ferment your own chile peppers. learn how easy it is to ferment veggies and how good they are for you. celebrate chiles and find out why they are going to be herb of the year for 2016!

Susan teaches, lectures, and writes about gardening and cooking, and is a food writer, editor and photographer who has authored and edited over 25 books and hundreds of articles. Recently referred to as a “flavor artist”, Susan delights in kitchen alchemy—the blending of harmonious foods, herbs, and spices—to create real, delicious food, as well as libations, that nourish our bodies and spirits and titillate our senses.

She has been blogging regularly for Taunton Press’ www.vegetablegardener.com for the past four years. Her latest publication is The Herbal Calendar 2015 by Tide-Mark Publications, which features Susan’s photos, text, recipes, and Herbs of the Year ™. Look for her newest informative and colorful calendar featuring Chile Peppers, Herb of the Year 2016. The Culinary Herbal: Growing & Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs co-authored by Susan Belsinger and Dr. Arthur Tucker will be released in January 2016 by Timber Press. www.susanbelsinger.com

See below for Susan's recipe for Cabbage en Escabeche.

*** Guest Musician -- Sandra Dean ***

 Sandra Dean began her singing career at the age of 15, and has since performed professionally in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, New Orleans, and Nashville. She recorded an original CD in Nashville, at Studio 17 Grand. In the 1980s, Sandra competed in and won the regional Star Search competition, which was just the start of her many accomplishments. She is noted for working with bands such as Albatross, Vegas, Night Steppin', Double Play, Vertigo, Redline, and is currently the front woman of the Sandra Dean Band.

She has appeared many times at the Market, and has wowed the audience every single time.


Be Fit Tent -- Debra Balenson, Licensed Massage Therapist

Debra Balenson

 Debra Balenson is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, Maryland.

Debra specializes in relaxation and stress relief with Swedish massage techniques and gentle stretching. She is also experienced in deep tissue work, hot stone, prenatal massage, chair and sport massage.

Debra believes massage is beneficial for both men and women, providing them with not only physical benefits like pain reduction and better circulation, but also giving people a little mental vacation from some of the daily stresses we all experience. She works at both Hypnotic Salon & Spa in Olney and Massage Envy in Gaithersburg.

BE FIT TENT -- Stephanie Dignans, Boot Camp Girl Coordinator

Boot Camp Girl logoStephanie Dignans

The Boot Camp Girl program is for anyone at any level. Some people come into boot camp who feel out-of-shape or have never worked out before. That’s Ok! Our clients are of all ages, weights and physical abilities. We will tailor the exercises for you depending on your ability. Even if you have physical limitations, we will make sure that you get a safe workout in boot camp or one-on-one personal training at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

There are also people that start The Boot Camp Girl program who have been exercising for a while and are in good shape but are looking for a change. The exercises in boot camp will work your muscles differently and help to give you that extra challenge so that you see more results. Also, no two sessions are the same. Because of the variety, you will stay interested and the body will stay challenged. If you’re in great shape and want to get the best workout of your life, we will make sure you get that!

We have hundreds of success stories, please check out our website at www.thebootcampgirl.com to check out our before/after photos and written testimonials.

 *** Market News for August 30

Edward Faine, author, will be back at the Market this Sunday. Be sure to stop by.
Manna Rescue Program -- aimed at matching leftover food with hungry people in Montgomery County. For those who are interested (farmers, restauranteurs, etc.). Welcome packets will be available at the Market's Information Booth this Sunday.
Ella's Bake Shop logo
Ella’s Bake Shop has been sharing our homemade goodness with family and friends for generations. Our efforts are dedicated to the generations of our family bakers, especially our Mom Ella. We make sure the love and care she put into everything she made is baked into every one of our delectable baked goods today. We make all our baked goods fresh from only the finest ingredients. Our cookies, cupcakes, cakes, breads and pies make great gifts for birthdays, parties and holidays, and our signature cookie, Spitzbuben, was even served at a White House Christmas party! Visit us at the Olney Artists & Farmers Market this weekend to discuss what homemade goodness will make you smile. www.ellasbakeshop.com
Community Tent this Sunday:  Olney Kehila is a non-affiliated Jewish congregation in the greater Olney area which is inclusive and welcoming to all. We have members from a variety of Jewish and interfaith backgrounds.  Many members are from the Olney area but others come from Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and Howard county. Join us for our monthly Friday night Shabbat services and enroll your children in our weekly Sunday school that meets during the school year at beautiful Sandy Spring Friends School.
We're lucky enough to have the Italian Cookie Tray booth back again this week. Check out Chef's Root Beer Cake - and find out why Bonnie Benwick fell in love with it when she was at the Market last Sunday. For what it's worth, I've had it, and agree with Bonnie 100%!
Tova's Falafels is now located at the top of the market, between "Eat a Little Something" and Westmoreland Farms. If you know where Zeke's Coffee is, go there and then head to your left.
Jewelers who should be at the Market this Sunday:

Jamie Agins -- Art Glass Jewelry

Rona Fitzgerald -- Aluminaries

Marilyn Hummer -- BEADazzling Designs

Lorianne Bartlett -- Pax Lorianna

 Gale Bolds - Ag by Og

Cabbage en Escabeche photoCabbage en Escabeche (from Susan Belsinger)

This is a simple and delicious accompaniment for any South-of-the-Border meal. It adds a nice crunchy texture and the salad is a refreshing counterpoint to heavy cheese and beans and grilled meats, chicken, or seafood.

Serves 6 to 8


About 4 cups finely shredded green cabbage

1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced

1 small-to-medium sweet red, orange or yellow pepper, julienned

3 large jalapenos or serranos, stemmed, seeded, and julienned

3 or 4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Salt and freshly ground pepper

About 3 to 4 tablespoons white wine, rice wine or apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 to 3 tablespoons water

About 1/3 cup olive oil

About 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 teaspoons organic cane sugar or agave syrup

About 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, toasted and ground

Fresh-squeezed lime juice from 1 lime


In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, onion, peppers, garlic, oregano and cilantro together; season them lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper. In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, water, olive oil, salt, sugar, cumin, and half the lime juice together stirring well with a fork.

 Toss the dressing with the slaw and taste for seasoning. Adjust with a little more oil, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, salt or pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to come to cool room temperature before serving.

MDA Billboard logo

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Maryland’s Best program is launching a new promotion of the state’s farmers markets this week – #GetYourFRESHon! The promotion includes seven digital billboards in the Baltimore area starting August 24 and a social media campaign.

“We’re encouraging consumers to get out to farmers markets and connect with farmers who are now offering their freshest products including produce, meats, dairy, and more,” said Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder. “As Governor Hogan stated, it’s not about buying fresh local food just one week a year, we need to buy Maryland products all year long.”

Using social media, MDA is urging smart-phone loving Marylanders to snap “selfies” with their favorite farmer and tweet or post them on Facebook using #GetYourFRESHon! The MDA’s Maryland’s Best program will use some of the hashtagged photos in its promotions of farmers markets and Maryland agriculture around the state.

The social media campaign will run until Dec. 1st, after which MDA will pick a few favorite shots of consumers with their farmers that were tagged with #GetYourFRESHon!, and winners will be rewarded with a collection of Maryland’s Best goodies! This will include a the first two seasons of Maryland Public Television’s popular show Maryland Farm & Harvest on DVD an a basket of fresh local produce, Maryland cheeses and other artisan ‘goodies’.

(For those who haven’t caught the show yet, Season 3 begins November 10 at 7 p.m., don’t forget to tune in to see all the Maryland Ag has to offer!)

The summer months are traditionally strong months for Maryland farmers markets, but as Labor Day nears, MDA is reminding consumers that the markets are still filled with locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and many other products throughout the fall – which leaves plenty of time to #GetYourFRESHon!

Early varieties of apples are coming into season now. Peaches, watermelons, tomatoes, sweet corn and greens are all available. To find your local farmers market, as well as farm stands, pick your own operations and ag-tourism operations in Maryland, go to www.marylandsbest.net.

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


Volunteers are needed to help with the setting up and taking down tables, children's activities, and other items at the Market.  Volunteers (middle school and above) should plan to arrive either at 7;30 and plan to stay until at least 9:30am (or longer); or arrive by 10:45 and plan to stay through 1:30.

To sign up, click here to go to the 2015 student volunteer calendar.

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!

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