When you think the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market has reached its creative peak, the popular community-rooted marketplace adds a new lively and playful twist to its Saturday market that some folks are calling “delightfully unusual.”
Goatopia, a Whaleyville-based farm, is introducing goat yoga to the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. The quirky blend of yoga and goats offers market-goers a fun form of animal-assisted therapy.
Goat yoga, the latest craze and smile-inducing fitness, is the practice of yoga in the presence of live goats. While you try to maintain a plank position, the baby goats are known for jumping up onto your back, providing a bit of a massage as they move to keep their balance.
“Think of the comfort that cats and horses can bring to someone who is suffering from depression; that animal-assisted therapy parallels with goat yoga,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer.
When it comes to goat yoga, the market is not kidding around. Certified yoga instructor Heidi Bodenheimer will be offering the first goat yoga session at the market on Saturday, June 30 from 10 – 11 a.m. The session costs $30 per person. Those interested are encouraged to register with Goatopia by calling 443-880-5338 or visiting its booth at the Wednesday or Saturday market leading up to the first session.
David Bean, manager of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market, said shoppers are attracted to the marketplace for its diversity.
“Shoppers want the widest selection of products and the freedom to choose between producers,” said Bean.
There are a growing number of merchants selling everything from jewelry, clothing, and artwork to prepared foods and local produce. Miniature ponies and alpacas have also become staple market visitors in Ocean Pines.
“I’m very proud of our marketplace,” said Bean. “It has taken a lot of hard teamwork from our volunteers and merchants to get to the success we’re seeing today.”
The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market, which is open to the public, is a great place to find alternatives to factory-farmed food, whether that’s dairy, eggs, vegetables, and seafood or meat.
“I see no slowing down to what’s happening here,” said Bean. “We have many active plans to continue our growth, and to keep the marketplace fresh and a fun place to shop, learn and visit.”
The market is sponsored by Neighborhood Sun, a community solar company that works to bring clean, affordable, and local solar energy to Maryland.
Merchants invite residents and nonresidents to shop local and visit the year-round Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 3 – 7 p.m. at White Horse Park, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The market will be hosting a July 4 holiday market with special hours, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at White Horse Park.