On the heels of breaking a record with a whopping 65-vendor lineup, the Ocean Pines Farmers Market is thrilled to announce the change of its official name to better reflect the expansion of the popular year-round market.
The open-to-the-public market now has a fresh new name: The Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market.
“Our name now truly speaks to who we are,” said David Bean, Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market manager. “Alongside our green market stand holders, we’ve been welcoming talented artisans, crafters and direct sales merchants to the marketplace for years. The new name now recognizes all of our marketplace’s merchant family.”
The Ocean Pines Farmers Market, founded in 2012, was one of just a few farmers markets in all of Worcester County when it opened for business.
“The market has become a Saturday cultural centerpiece on the Maryland Eastern Shore community by embracing artisan market vendors,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer.
Alongside the traditional green market vendors, shoppers now look for artisans selling jewelry, beading, metalwork, photography, paintings, leather goods, carved wood pieces, textiles and other products from crafters and artists.
“Many of the merchants are homeowners in the Ocean Pines community,” said Bean. “This makes the market even more unique then the typical seasonal farmers markets found elsewhere.”
Almost seven years later it has grown into a vibrant marketplace under the direction of Bean.
“David does a phenomenal job championing for continued growth of the market,” said Sawyer. “With the recent boost at the market, the Association has decided to house the market in the Ocean Pines Community Center during the more frigid months. The warmer venue during winter months would make for a more attractive marketplace for both the vendors and customers.”
As the area’s trusted source for local foods and artisan products, the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market will be moving across the White Horse Park campus to the Ocean Pines Community Center on Dec. 9. Merchants will set up in the Assateague Room on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will operate indoors through Feb. 17, 2018, returning to White Horse Park on February 24, just in time for the arrival of the spring market season on March 3.
“The only year-round farmers market in Worcester County is now the only indoor winter marketplace among the coastal counties on Delmarva,” said Bean. Also featured each Saturday at the indoor winter market will be family-friendly activities and live performances by a series of local musicians.
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For more information about the Ocean Pines community, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.