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No Pets & No Smoking


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, September 28, 2014




Don Moore, PhD.
Senior Scientist/Living Collections Sustainability, Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC
State-Fair Winning Jam-maker

Dr. April Lee,
Life Chiropractic Clinic of Olney

Olney Home for Life
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra
Headbands for Hope
Olney Pirates Baseball Team

Walls and Vino
Playing their original songs as well as their covers of contemporary, Americna, and classic jazz numbers


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

News at the Market


Red Colander will not be at the Market this week.


Lamia's Crepes will be there.  

The Tea and Bag Lady will be at the Market this Sunday, and from then on, every other Sunday.  You can order one of her hand-blended delicious teas or herbal infusions by going to her website, just in time for the holidays.  So stop by this Sunday to enjoy a nice "cuppa" tea.


Knitting by Leah will not be back at the Market until October 5.  If you are familiar with her work, you may custom order items  for the holidays, and she will have the items available for you to pick up that Sunday.  You can send an e-mail with specific colors, sizes, and types of yarn for the items you wish to purchase.  Leah's email is More information about her products can be found on her website:

A Special Thanks!!!

The Market wants to extend a special thanks to Harris Amster for his wonderful music.  He saved the day at the last minute, just when we thought we wouldn't have any music last Sunday, September 21. 


Chili Cookoff Graphic

Last year's Chili Contest was such a success that we're going to hold another one this year -- on Sunday, October 5.  The rules are pretty simple:  chili must be homemade and dropped off at the Chef's tent by 10:30 on Sunday, Oct. 5th.  You can add any garnishings at the chef's tent.  Any kind of chili will be accepted.  Prizes will be announced soon.

Coming Soon -- Holiday & Winter Markets

As hard as it is to believe, this year's regular Market is coming to a close (November 2).  But don't worry -- we'll be back on December 7 for our Yearly HOLIDAY MARKET!!

And ... we can now announce that our Winter Market will be back again this year (or ... actually, next year).  It will open on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  Location will be the same as before -- the Sandy Spring Museum.


Don Moore, PhD, MPA.
Senior Scientist/Living Collections Sustainability, 
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, DC, USA 
State-Fair Winning Jam-Maker


Don Moore is a state fair-winning jam-maker (New York State Fair, 1976), who grew up helping his grandmother make different jams and jellies for the family.  A love for nature and cooking jam has led Moore to a decades-long exploration of different kinds of jams and jellies, many cooked from wild fruits and herbs.  These jams, mostly given away to family and friends, include traditional high-sugar strawberry, raspberry and peach, as well as low-sugar mixed berry, grape, peach, mulberry and autumn olive jams.


Moore wrote "Disney's Wonderful World of Animals" (2006), reviews books and articles for childrens' publishers, and is known as "Dr Don" to thousands of kids.


In his "day job", Dr Don is a zoo-based animal care expert, wildlife biologist, and educator who has helped to renovate and manage several zoos and associated conservation education programs in key Olmsted parks across the United States. He is interested in effective conservation of wildlife and wild places, and in solutions to human-wildlife conflict in wild habitats around the world. He is active as a voluntary technical expert for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission and Polar Bears International.


Moore has a PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.  He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB, The Wildlife Society).


Dr. April Lee
Life Chiropractic Clinic of Olney

Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, Life Chiropractic Clinic of Olney emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.  No matter what your health care concerns are, or what level of pain you're experiencing, you've found the right place for compassionate care and helpful service form Dr. April Lee and her staff.  Whether you live in Olney, Ashton, Brookeville, Silver Spring, or any of our other great local communities, we are here to improve your wellness and to help you reach your health goals.  Our practice offers chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, nutrition and other forms of natural non-prescription, non-surgical relief from pain associated with sports injuries, work-related injuries, personal injuries, or some type of debilitating physical conditions such as sciatica or fibromyalgia.  More importantly, we offer preventative care to stop the problem before it ever starts.

For more information, you can visit their website ( or their Facebook page (


Olney Home for Life








The mission of Olney Home for Life is to establish and maintain an organization that facilitates voluntary resident to resident assistance for our aging and disabled neighbors. Their efforts concentrate on services and demands associated with inclusion, engagement, safety and comfort.

Olney Home for Life is part of the national “village” movement for seniors. They work closely with other Olney organizations such as MedStar Montgomery General Hospital and the Olney Public Library to provide their neighbors with support and social programs of interest.

Go to their website for more details about their services (


Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra


They are coming to the Kennedy Center for a return engagement -- on October 12.  Stop by their booth this Sunday for more information.  Or check out their website (





Elana Diestel is the Headbands of Hope representative for the Maryland community and will again be selling their headbands this Sunday. For every headband purchased from Headbands of Hope, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.



The goal is to spread hope, one headband at a time. The donated headbands will be distributed at the Children's National Medical Center in DC, so visit this table to pick out a headband or to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved!


Elana is branching out - besides the headbands, she's been making necklaces and bracelets that she'll be selling tomorrow as well.  She's making "fancy animal" necklaces - which are little plastic toy animals decorated with ribbons, rhinestones, beads, fabric, and so on.  She thinks they will add a whimsical touch to people's outfits. The bracelets are decorated rope bracelets, with nautical themes.  She's also going to have some "monster necklaces" using key covers.


Olney Pirates Baseball Team - Associated with the US Specialty Sports Association


The Olney Pirates 11U baseball team is made up of rising 5th and 6th grade boys.  By selling lottery tickets, they are raising money to help defray the costs of travel to their scheduled baseball games.  This past spring the team won six tournament championships, and ended its season at a week-long baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach, where the team made it to the semi-finals.  They're hoping to have as competitive a season this fall and spring.

For more information, check out their website.

A Little Pop of Color

Angel Creations


Bozie's Bags

GiGi's Quilts

I Etch Glass

Knits and Silks

Life Facets
My Therapy
Niswander Ceramics


Sugar Lily Hairbows
Unique Creative Soaps


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!!

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, 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 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