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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

2014 OFAM 'Dinner at Dusk' Progressive Dinner Tuesday, July 22

Click here for tickets!

We'd love to have the community join us at our 2nd annual Progressive Dinner on Tuesday evening, July 22. Tickets are on sale through our website, www.olneyfarmersmarket.org, and at the Market's Information booth. We appreciate the community's support and hope you'll join us. Tax Deductible 

Participating are four of Olney?s finest restaurants:

Wine GlassesAppetizersGrilled beef & lemongrass skewersTiramisu

(NOTE:  Pictures show sample dishes, not necessarily the ones to be served at the dinner.)

The chef at each restaurant will prepare one course, using locally available ingredients. Dinner will include wine, hors d'oeuvres, tapas, entree, and dessert.

This event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Olney Farmers and Artists Market.  The cost is $65.00 per person. The proceeds will help us double the amount of produce our neediest customers can buy at the Market.

Guests will either walk or (be driven, if needed) from restaurant to restaurant. All are located within a few blocks of one another.  There will be up to four seatings.  Guests should sign up for one seating; they will be escorted to each restaurant by a Market volunteer.

Seating A:  6:00 PM.

Seating B:  6:30 PM

Seating C:  7:00 PM

Seating D:  7:30 PM

Each seating has room for 20 guests maximum, so we encourage you to buy tickets early.

*** NOTE:  At Ricciuti's, guests will need to walk up stairs to the restaurant's private dining room.

Sunday, July 20, 2014



Ruby Lathon, PhD

Holistic Health Expert




The Market will move to the Medstar Montgomery General Hospital outdoor parking lot (in front of the parking garage) or this Sunday -- July 20 only. We'll be back in our normal location the following Sunday.

DUE TO THE MARKET'S TEMPORARY RELOCATION TO THE GROUNDS OF THE MEDSTAR MONTGOMERY GENERAL HOSPITAL, not all of the artists and food vendors will be at the Market this week.  There also will be no craft market vendors.

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

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


Ruby Lathon, PhD

Holistic Health Expert


Dr. Ruby Lathon is a certified holistic nutrition and wellness consultant and advocate for plant-based nutrition. Dr. Lathon inspires with a powerful story of recovering from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole foods, plant-based diet. Dr. Lathon worked for years as a researcher and an award winning engineer at Sandia National Laboratories and other engineering firms. Dr. Lathon now teaches others how to re-engineer their health and live disease free.

Dr. Lathon previously served as Nutrition Policy Manager at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Lathon is a dynamic speaker and educator, hosting a number of seminars, workshops and healthful vegan cooking demonstrations and was a speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Panel. Dr. Lathon is a health and wellness contributing writer for African American Lifestyle Magazine, and author of the upcoming book, Above the Clouds. Dr. Lathon is also host of The Veggie Chest, a plant-based cooking show, now featured on FoodChannel.com and the cable television channel, The Venture Channel.

She will be preparing Broccoli Almond Stir Fry.

Services she offers:

  • Nutrition, Health & Wellness Speaker
  • Seminars & Workshops
  • Cooking Demonstrations (Vegetarian, Vegan & Raw Food)
  • Personalized Nutrition Coaching & Consultations

Visit her Website for more information: www.RubyLathon.com


Results of the July 13 Pie Bake-off

The Market's annual PIE BAKE-OFF was held last Sunday.  Our superb and totally unbiased judges were Falcon Ridge's Stanton Gill, Dangerously Delicious Pies Kyle Russell (standing in for Rodney, who is opening up one of his shops in Texas), Eat a Little Something Freddy Turim, and WUSA9's reporter and anchor Debra Alfarone.

Nine pies were entered this year (up from five last time). 


The winners were:
GRAND PRIZE:  Judy Newton, Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Coconut Pie (recipe here)
SECOND PRIZE: Beth and Tito Porfiri, Branded Boot Ranch Chocolate Buckaroo Pie
THIRD PRIZE:  Brandon Miller and Mark Welsh, Steak Chimichurri Pie
PEOPLE'S CHOICE:  Nancy Green, Blueberry Pie

(Picture courtesy of Judy Newton)


Special Guests of the Market Last Week!

Peter Franchot, the Maryland State Comptroller, visited the Market this week. He was accompanied by Craig Zucker, District 14 State Delegate. They were offered the chance to be judges, but politely declined. They did, however, get to taste the pies!












(From L to R:  Doug Terry, Janet Terry, Peter Franchot, Hal Hoiland, Bobbie Espinoza, Craig Zucker -- picture courtesy of Judy Newton)

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!!

On Sunday, August 3, the Market will hold Kids in Biz Day.


From 9am to 10am: Children will learn how to make items they can sell at the Market.  Selling starts at 10am.  Kids can sell the items they made earlier Sunday, or they can sell their own handmade items from home.  See flyer here!


Sign up at the children?s tent and become an entrepreneur for a day, We'll provide the tents and tables, as well as adult supervision at each tent.  However, please bring a cigar box (or something to hold your proceeds).

In other News...

  • Our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Marlene Zaborsky, wife of our former treasurer, Matt Zaborsky. She had major surgery July 15.


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!

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, 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