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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.

Special Fundrai sers

Friends of the Olney Farmers and Artists Market invites you to our first two (of four) "From Farm to Fabulous Brunches", coming up in April and May.  Seats are limited, so reserve yours today!

#1 "The Art of Food", Saturday, April 25th
Join us for an amazing  locally sourced brunch at "Great Ease," the home of Greg and Nadine Mort in Ashton, Maryland. Enjoy Bloody Marys and a wine tasting, along with fabulous cuisine, prepared by Sarah Waybright, host of WHyFoodWorks.com, along with fantastic Olney Market chefs. Dessert will be prepared by the one and only Sarah Dwyer from Chouquette.


A studio tour of paintings and sculpture of world renowned artists, Greg Mort and son Jon Mort will be on shared GregMort.com and JonMortStudio.com.   Each guest will receive a special gift!  Cost: $50 / per ticket OR $90 for 2.

#2. "Almost Heaven",  Saturday, May 30th
Professor Stanton Gill, his wife Nancy MacBride, and their daughters invite you to a special brunch in the Westminster, Maryland countryside. Guests will visit a working orchard and neighboring hops farm. You'll enjoy a fabulous brunch inside and outside (weather permitting), featuring the cuisine of Chef Mark Mills, owner of Chocolates and Tomatoes farm.  

Market vendors and local restaurants will provide additional mouth-watering offerings.  Maryland brew and fine wines will be on tap, along with live music.  Cost: $50 / per ticket OR $90 for 2.


Tickets (via Paypal) can now be purchased - Click Here!

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Chef Demonstration -- Gina Rieg

Gina Rieg is the founder and owner of Simplified Wellness for You. As a Certified Health Coach,she guides and empowers others towards optimal health by focusing on a REAL and traditional food lifestyle. She works with individuals, families, groups and corporate employees, guiding them in their health and nutrition goals. Her passion stems from her own life-changing experiences and health obstacles with digestive disease. She personally experienced the benefits of transitioning to a REAL food lifestyle, enabling herself to take back her health and overcome chronic digestive disease. 

She supports her one-on-one clients by investigating a wide range of health concerns including but not limited to digestive issues, weight issues, cravings and low energy. By helping her clients, students and corporate wellness participants connect the dots between food and optimal health; she simplifies wellness, beginning with core foundations.

She received her Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with SUNY College. She is also a graduate and member of the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is certified as a Holistic Health Professional through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Wearing another hat, she proudly serves as a local Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. 

As a former athlete, she remains physically active by playing volleyball and CrossFit. Another passion, and daily essential, is traditionally preparing homemade meals with a creative flair. She enjoys playing poker, spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
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Musical Guests -- Joyce Ettingoff & Jeffrey Silverberg, a Klezmer band

Klezmer is a Yiddish combination of two Hebrew words "Kley Zemer" which means musical instruments. Klezmer music started in Eastern Europe by Jewish musicians. Klezmer music is  happy, cheerful, and fast music.

The klezmer sound is similar to a big band sound or jazz. It has a jewish flavor to it which makes it sounds like Eastern European music and Jazz combined. The klezmer instruments were usually accoustic and sometimes include clarinet, violin, accordeon, accoustic guitar and a grand bass. Modern Klezmer bands have often added drums and vocals to their performances. The lyrics, however, are generally short repeated phrases.

Local Author Edward Allan Faine

Local author Edward Allan Faine will join us this week with his children's and grownup books "Ellington at the White House 1969" AND (just published) "The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artists at the White House 1969-1974."


2014 Greater Olney Civic Association Awards Ceremony

Jessica Weiss, one of the Market's sponsors (growingSoul) is being honored for her volunteer efforts in the Greater Olney area by the GOCA at its Annual Awards Ceremony, to be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015.  Weiss? passion for sustainable food production led her to found a local nonprofit, Growing Soul. She was an early supporter of the Olney Farmers and Artists Market, works with Project Change to educate youth, provides holiday meals for local families and created a ?zero-waste? farm-kitchen-table program.

For more information about growingSoul and Jessica's work, go to its website 

Results of the Market's Chocolate Competition held February 15

We had 12 entries.  The winners were:
1st Place -  Jennifer Brown, Cupcakes Lounge, "Death By Chocolate with a Touch of Espresso"
2nd Place - Ruth Thompson, Rare Opportunity Farm, "Outrageous Brownie"
3rd Place - Trung Nguyen, Dalat Deli, "Chicken with Negro Mole"
4th Place - Michely Almaraz, El Tenedor de Nacho, "Double Chocolate Cake"
For more details, and to see additional pictures of some of the delectable dishes, check out the blog at 
(Photograph courtesy of Judith Newton)

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.


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.

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