Farmers & Artisans Market

Open All Year – New Vendors Welcome!*

Come Join Us!

Saturdays March 16 – December 28, 2019
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesdays June 5 – August 28, 2019
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Located at White Horse Park
239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD
(Next to the Ocean Pines Administration Building/Police Department)

2019 Applications

2019 Green Market Vendor Application*

2019 Artisans & Peddlers Vendor Application*

2018-2019 Market Sponsorship Packet/Application

Market News

April 6: Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market Launches Waste-Free Campaign – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market will turn a bit greener this spring with a waste-free campaign that encourages market shoppers to bring their own tote bags, market basket or a pull-along cart to the market. The market will launch its new environmentally focused campaign on Saturday, April 6.

“Changing the way we handle waste at the marketplace demonstrates our commitment to sound ecological practices,” said David Bean, market manager. “We believe awareness is essential in transforming the habits of our merchants and shoppers.”

On a typical market day, thousands of bags are loaded with products purchased by shoppers.  The Ocean Pines market’s new program will help divert from the waste headed to local landfills by encouraging shoppers to bring reusable packaging alternatives.  While paper and plastic bags are a necessity for packaging of certain products, the merchants are encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags.

“We are proud to contribute to a healthier planet by bringing locally grown food to the residents of Worcester County, and it is time to move the market one step further in its level of sustainability,” said Lenore Brady, assistant market manager, who will oversee the launch of the Waste-Free Market campaign.   The launch day will include a reusable bag giveaway by the market’s merchants to shoppers arriving at market, while supplies last.

The Marketplace Artisans Grove and Peddlers Alley has several merchants who offer bags that would make a great market tote.  At the market boutique In My Hands, artisan Votina Collick offers hand-sewn tote bags. The one-of-a-kind bags come in different sizes and fabrics.   Marlene Dixon, a Thirty-One representative, fills her Peddlers Alley shop with a selection of bags in many different styles.  Several Green Market merchants also sell reusable tote bags at their market businesses.  The official Ocean Pines Market tote may be purchased at the front desk of the Ocean Pines Administration Building.

So the next time you shop at the market, your favorite merchant will most likely ask, “Did you bring your own bag or would you like paper, plastic or to purchase a reusable bag?”


Story Time Comes to the Kid’s Market Zone – The Kid’s Market Zone, a marketplace feature unique to only the Ocean Pines Market, is teaming up with Usborne Books merchants Jasmine Dennis and Jennifer Butler.   Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation, a well-established company recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s fasting-growing small companies.  Usborne has been in existence for over 20 years.

Our story time will introduce children to books that explore, educate or just provide a silly story.  Each story time will be hosted by a special guest reader.  Readers will be local celebrities, business leaders and folks from the community who just wish to read to the children at market.

Story time is scheduled to begin this June, with a complete schedule to be posted on the market’s web page at www.oceanpines.org.   If you’d be interested in reading a story to the children at market, please contact the market at info@oceanpines.org.  Please include on the subject line “Market Story Time.”


Something is Cooking in the Market Open-Air Kitchen – The Market Kitchen has undergone some remodeling this past winter, getting ready for another busy season of cooking demonstrations and culinary entertainment.

Janice Curtis has joined the Ocean Pines Market as the new director of Culinary Educational Programs.  Janice has been a merchant with the market over the past six years, offering shoppers the opportunity to equip their kitchens with the tools needed to be successful home cooks.  Janice is a recognized top-selling representative with the Pampered Chef Company and is married to Chef Bill Curtis, a frequent guest chef in the Market Kitchen.

Our Resident Chef@Market, Maggie Hearn, returns to the Market Kitchen on March 30 with her popular cooking series, “Around Maggie’s Kitchen Table.”  Maggie takes the fresh products from the green market and offers recipes that taste great and are easy to prepare for everyone.

A complete listing of all upcoming events in the Market Open-Air Kitchen will be announced this spring as the market welcomes some of the area’s best chefs and culinary experts to the marketplace.


Let’s Get Creative – A new marketplace feature is about to make its grand opening at the marketplace this season.  The DIY Work Shop will host local artisans and crafters who will offer free demonstrations and hands-on workshops for market shoppers to enjoy and learn.  Hands-on workshops could include a registration fee to cover the cost of materials for the project.

Activities at the Work Shop planned for this summer include a beginner’s guide to painting and a hands-on bead jewelry making workshop.

The DIY Work Shop will be located across from Coastal Creations. A complete schedule will be posted on the market’s web page.

 


Volunteer with “The Friends” – Would you like to get more immersed in the life of the iconic Ocean Pines Market? Then consider volunteering with the Friends of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market! The Friends support and enhance the Market: run education programs, manage the sale of Market-branded merchandise, help organize our many popular events, support other Market special features, lead tours of the Market and much more.

The Friends are a diverse and dedicated group that adds great value to the Market and also enjoys an array of rewarding Market-related experiences! For more information, check out the volunteer opportunities on this webpage, email info@oceanpines.org  or call 410-251-6383.

 

Market Events

Your Ocean Pines Market offers “regular market days” year-round for great local shopping, but the market is also a popular community gathering place for lots of special happenings and events for the Worcester County community.

Once again this year, the market will open its gates for more special days. This year’s series of events include a Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 20, followed by the Cinco de Mayo – Latin Themed Market on May 4. New this year, the market will hold its first Bike-In to Market. Shoppers are invited to two-wheel it to some family-friendly shopping at the marketplace! Fun for serious athletes to weekend warriors with kids in tow.

 


Easter Bunny Impersonator to Appear at Spring Celebration Market – The market can now confirm that an Easter Bunny impersonator will be appearing at the Spring Celebration Market on Saturday April 20.  Blizzard, the mini pony from Rainbow’s End Tack Shop, will be dressed in his Easter best, which includes a pair of big, fuzzy, pink bunny ears.  It’s a little-known fact the Blizzard is a failed Cadbury Bunny wannabe that still dresses up each Easter in hopes that he’ll someday be recognized as the Easter bunny… uh, “pony.”

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to have their children’s picture taken with Blizzard – remember to bring the camera!  Rainbow’s End Tack Shop will also be offering rides on Blizzard, the Easter pony, throughout the market day.

 

Click here for a complete lineup of 2019 events!

Vendor News

Favorite Merchants Reopen for Season

The Market is blooming with returning merchants as spring weather arrives in Ocean Pines.  Bite Me Bake Shoppe reopens this Saturday with their famous sticky buns and “crack” sweet snack treat.  Skip and Sherry Harwood have been busy working on some new bake treats over the winter and are looking forward to introducing the sweets to their customers this season.  Look for Bite Me Bake Shoppe at their location on the Green Market Loop.

Spring is also a time when we often freshen up our home after a long chilly winter.  Coastal Creations returns with their handmade accent pillows for the home.  Artisan Sue Phillips makes all of her pillows by hand, stitch by stitch, then stuffs the fabric case until the pillow reaches the just-right plumpness.  Husband Jerry is the “staff” at the market boutique, assisting shoppers to find the perfect pillows created by Sue.  “Our Elvis and Beatles pillows have been a favorite this past year,” Jerry said. If local-made is your thing, then this is the place to find those one-of-a-kind accent pillows for the home.

Many other merchants are planning to reopen their market businesses in the next couple of weeks.  Join us each week to see who’s back at market.


Bookworms Have New Market Shop – Salisbury editor and independent publisher Ron Sauder has brought his new pop-up book shop to the Ocean Pines Marketplace.  Shoppers will find many authors who are Maryland-based in Ron’s Secant Publishing Book Shop.  “I hope to have several of our authors join me in the shop as in-resident participants on special days,” Ron said.  Secant Publishing Book Store will be open on select dates, for the time-being.  You can contact Secant Publishing at 410-845-3193 for dates the shop will be open at the Ocean Pines Marketplace.

Chef@Market

Click here to view all Chef@Market recipes!

 

Market Logo Merchandise

Our line of Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market logo merchandise is available every Saturday at the Market Information Booth and weekdays at the front desk of the Ocean Pines Association Administration Building.   We carefully select items that are perfect for you, the market shopper!  Proceeds from merchandise sales benefit the events and educational programs of the farmers market.

Farmers Market tote picturefarmers market apronsMarket Tote Bag – These bright green bags are convenient and fold up for easy storage when not being used.  You’ll be “green” and stylish while shopping at the market!

Colorful Aprons – Bright and colorful, these unisex aprons are great for the kitchen, crafting or working around the home.  The canvas material is stain-resistant and easy to clean.  Impress your kitchen guests with your Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market apron – they’ll be wanting one of their own!

Market Bumper Sticker – The old-fashioned bumper sticker makes a comeback at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market!  This weather-resistant sticker has a clear background, allowing only the market’s logo to show where it is placed.  Display your bumper sticker proudly and tell everyone you shop at Worcester County’s favorite farmers market!

Market Music & More

Are you a musician? Do you have a magic act or do you juggle to entertain a crowd? The Market is always looking for buskers and street performers to add to the Marketplace. Do you draw characters, do face painting or transform balloons into cute puppy dogs? Then we want to hear from you, today! There are opportunities beyond the boardwalk at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. No fees are charged for bringing your talents to the Marketplace. Download our Busking Application at www.oceanpines.org or come to the Marketplace and see Market Manager David Bean, or contact him at 410-251-6383 or flavordrizzles@gmail.com. Go ahead…break a leg!!

Vending Opportunities

Merchant Openings  – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market will open two days a week beginning this summer. In addition to the popular Saturday Market at the White Horse campus, the market will also be opening Wednesdays from 8 am- 1 pm at the White Horse Marketplace during the months of June, July and August.

Green Market – The Green Market is seeking merchants for the Wednesday market. Several openings are also available for the Saturday market.

  • Meats  – Ranchers/farmers that sell beef, pork, poultry, goat, lamb or other prepared meats such as sausage, scrapple, and charcuteries are needed for the Wednesday market. Some products, such as charcuteries, are needed for the Saturday market. All applicable licensing certificates and state requirements must be provided with submitted application.
  • Seafood and Fish: Crabs – A licensed seller of live crabs is needed for the Saturday and Wednesday markets. Sorry, no openings are available for other seafood products at this time.
  • Fishmonger – An opening for a licensed seller of fish products is available for the Wednesday market.
  • Mushroom Producer – The market is seeking a grower of gourmet mushrooms for the Wednesday market.
  • Gourmet Food – Vendors selling specialty food like popcorn, jar goods or other specialty products are encouraged to apply. Items must be produced in a licensed commercial kitchen with proper health department license.
  • Wines & Spirits – Wineries and spirit producers who produce and are licensed in the state of Maryland and have proper permits to sell at a Maryland farmers market are encouraged to apply for both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.
  • Pet Products – The market seeks a home or professional baker/producer of dog and cat treats. This opening applies to the Wednesday market.
  • Floral Products – The Wednesday market has an opening for a grower of floral products. Could be sold per stem, in arrangements or both.

Artisan Market – Applications are being accepted for all artisan categories. Peak Season and Day Merchant openings are offered.

Peddlers Market – Applications are being accepted for the Peddlers categories. One merchant per direct sales category is accepted to the market. Peak Season and Day Merchant openings are offered.

Food Service – The market is seeking licensed food trucks licensed in Worcester County, Maryland for both the Wednesday and Saturday Markets. The market doesn’t charge a merchant fee to food trucks. Apply to the Market Manager.


Open Call: Sell Your Arts & Crafts – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market welcomes artisans and craftspeople from far and wide to sell at our Worcester County marketplace, located just minutes from the beaches of Ocean City, Maryland. Our market isn’t your average farmers market. On the contrary, our market invites the finest merchants to participate. The result is a loyal base of shoppers who expect to find maker-goods, hand-crafted by talented artists and craftspeople.

If you’re new to selling your craft and art, our marketplace is the perfect place to explore your entrepreneurial potential. We provide outstanding marketing and logistics to help our new and returning merchants thrive. All you need to do is submit an application, schedule your participation dates, arrive, set up and sell your work.

We invite Artisan Market applicants in the following categories: apothecary, pottery, jewelry, fine art, leather, metal, wood, glass, textiles, photography and other categories. Our Artisan Market application is available here.

Ours is a genuinely a one-of-a-kind experience, as every merchant at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market comes away with new customers and the invaluable knowledge that they are part of the market merchant family.

We look forward to receiving your application.

For additional vending information, contact Market Manager David Bean at 410-251-6383 or flavordrizzles@gmail.com

Community Corner

Market Reserving Community Corner Spaces for 2019 – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market loves providing a platform for nonprofits and community groups to connect with its loyal market shoppers. As a weekly event that attracts 1000-2500 people weekly during the peak season, the marketplace is a valuable platform for any community group, non-profit or organization looking to expand their reach, spread news about upcoming events, and connect with the public about a mission or activities.

The Market is now accept reservations for the 2019 Saturday and Summer Mid-Week Markets. If your group or organization is interested in reserving market days, please fill out the Community Corner application.

The Community Corner spaces are offered at no charge. Guests must provide their own canopies, tables and bring everything else needed to participate at the market.

Volunteer

farmers market information booth

New Volunteer Opportunities – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is seeking a Children’s Educational Program Director and Arts & Crafts Workshop Program Director. If you are interested, or know someone who would be a good candidate for an opening, please contact Market Manager David at flavordrizzles@gmail.com.

  • Children’s Educational Program Director – We are searching for an enthusiastic, child loving, art loving, food loving team member to fill the volunteer position of Children’s Program Director. The position includes working with our Market Team to develop and oversee the Kid’s Market Zone, our children’s educational program. Activities take place weekly at the Saturday market from April through October.
  • Arts & Crafts Workshop Program Director – The market is seeking a qualified volunteer to develop and oversee our Marketplace Arts & Crafts Workshop, a new do-it-yourself program. The free market program engages participants to enjoy activities in self-sustainability, hand crafts and life style task. Workshops could include gardening, crafting and other DIY demonstrations. The position includes working with our Market Team to develop and oversee the educational program, along with developing partnerships with those that can present workshops. Activities take place weekly at the Saturday market from April through October.

Calling all Market Gurus! Do you love the Ocean Pines Market? We’re on the hunt for several market gurus to volunteer on Saturdays from 7 am – 2 pm. You’ll be helping shoppers find their way around, answering questions at our Market Information Booth or staffing our Vendor Services Booth and of course picking up your market shopping for the week. For more information, please email to flavordrizzles@gmail.com

Volunteers are essential to every aspect of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. With the market open every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm, volunteers are needed before, during and after market.  They provide support with tasks that include greeting and helping customers, assisting vendors and the setup and closing down of the market.  Whether you sign up for a one-time opportunity or choose to take on a regular volunteer role, the market guarantees you will enjoy being part of making good things happen!  If you are interested in volunteering at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market but aren’t sure if it’s for you, please stop by the information booth and speak with Volunteer Coordinator Tracey Hofman or one of the volunteers working at the information booth to find out more.  Or you may inquire by email at TraceyHofman@aol.com.

  • Set-Up Crew: Help set up the Market. Assist merchants with putting up canopies, tables, and signs. Early morning hours.
  • Market Guide: Move throughout the Market answering questions and directing customers to their favorite merchants. Hand out dog biscuits and promotional flyers and maintain other interactions with customers.
  • Greeter: Welcome customers at entrance points of the Market and perform the hourly customer count.
  • Market Information Booth: Duties include answering customer questions, selling Market merchandise, and more.
  • Administrative Assistance: Sign in arriving merchants. Distribute and collect information from merchants. Assist management with collection of merchant fees and complete the merchant attendance.
  • Events and Happenings: Help plan and run special events and happenings at the Market.
  • Communications: Take photos and video of the Market. Caption the merchants and customers along with the special happenings and events of the Marketplace. Submit article drafts for our Market publications and social media content suggestions for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Breakdown Crew: Help take down canopies, tables, chairs, and signs. Close up the Marketplace.

Click here for the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market Volunteer Registration Form.

Support Your Local Community!

Buying local foods is a simple way to improve your health, your community, and the environment all at the same time!

The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market supports family-based farming, farmers and food producers of the Eastern Shore. Cutting out the middleman allows direct contact and feedback between customers and producers, allowing area residents the opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge about how their vegetables are grown and their meat is produced. Cutting out the middleman not only helps the local community but reduces food packaging and food miles, thus reducing vehicle pollution, noise and fossil fuel use.

Please submit your application along with payment to: Ocean Pines Association,
Attn: Denise Sawyer, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD 21811 or fax to 410.641.5581 or
hand-deliver to Market Manager David Bean (410.251.6383/flavordrizzles@gmail.com) at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market.

Quick Links

2019 Green Market Vendor Application*
2019 Peddlers & Artisans Vendor Application*
Merchant Credit Card Authorization Form
Vendor Handbook 
Community Corner Application
Volunteer Registration Form
Busking Application
Information for Wineries Participating in Farmers’ Markets
Information about Brewery Off-Site Permits
Maryland’s Best Website
Maryland Department of Agriculture Website
Maryland’s In-Season Vegetables
Maryland’s In-Season Fruits

*All vendor applications submitted to the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market are subject to review by the Market’s management.   Market management reserves the right to decline or reject an application without reason.  Vendor applications may be declined based on the available openings in a particular vendor category.  Declined applications are held on file by the Market for one year.  If a vendor opening should become available, the Market will again review the held applications and may or may not select a new vendor from the held applications.

 

Generous Sponsor of the Farmers & Artisans Market

Neighborhood Sun is a community solar company and certified B Corp that works to bring clean, affordable, and local solar energy to Maryland and DC community members who can’t have or don’t want solar panels on their rooftops. Anyone who pays an electric bill is eligible to subscribe to a solar project in their neighborhood and receive a majority of his or her electricity from solar energy! Neighborhood Sun’s mission is to provide our community solar members with quality support and care, protect their rights as consumers, and build stronger communities by helping everyone have access to clean, local energy.

Gary Skulnik
Founder and CEO

Gary is a senior executive and strategic thinker who has been a leader in developing the clean energy market in Maryland and Washington, DC, through innovative marketing, partnerships, business management, and legislative advocacy. He is the founder of two entities focused exclusively on marketing clean energy, Clean Currents, a socially responsible for-profit and the Clean Energy Partnership, a nonprofit.  As President of Clean Currents, Gary ran the entire sales and marketing side of the business, which grew to reach $22mm in annual revenue. Most importantly, Gary developed and managed the Clean Currents brand, which became the strongest, most authentic green brand in the energy space in the Mid Atlantic. He has appeared in numerous media outlets and been an active public speaker on sustainability, clean energy, reaching green-minded consumers, as well as other topics.

Carolyn Ricketts
Community Solar Advocate

Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the environment and the planet’s overall conservation, protection and restoration. She worked for 33 years as a Mortgage Banker while simultaneously volunteering for environmental groups such as The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CCAN, and Sierra Club, among many others. This ultimately led to her leaving the mortgage industry to work for CBF and Viridian Energy, graduate as a Master Watershed Steward from the Watershed Stewards Academy’s first class of 2009, and become a charter member of the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. She has worked with organizations for the past 11 years as an environmental and clean energy lobbyist to get local bills passed that provided clean water protections, forest conservation, community solar, offshore wind power, increasing MD’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, and banning fracking.