More than a thousand Worcester County residents have named the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market a “Neighborhood Favorite for 2018,” according to a recent Nextdoor online survey.
A total of 1,554 Nextdoor members voted for their favorite businesses in more than 30 different categories. Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market won in several neighborhoods, including Glen Riddle, Bishopville, Ocean City, Berlin, and Ocean Pines.
Nextdoor is the private social network for neighborhoods across the country. According to its website, members turn to their neighbors on Nextdoor to find and discover highly-referred local businesses in and around their neighborhood.
“Neighborhood Favorites is an annual awards program that helps celebrate and recognize the best businesses in local communities across the country by amplifying what every business owner cherishes – word of mouth,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director for the Ocean Pines Association.
The market’s goal is to promote local, sustainable agriculture; increase economic opportunities for small and medium businesses; provide equitable access to wholesome food; and build a vibrant gathering place for Ocean Pines residents and visitors.
“It gives me great pride that the community loves our market and have endorsed it as a great public gathering place,” said David Bean, market manager for the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. “Our market is successful because of its loyal customers who shop here weekly and recommend the year-round market to their friends, family, and neighbors.”
Normally held outside in White Horse Park at 239 Ocean Parkway from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., the market will be held indoors at the firehouse – located adjacent to the park – through March 9 from 9 a.m. – noon. Select merchants will be outside in the White Horse Park pavilion throughout the winter market.
The Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market features fresh produce, cooking demonstrations, live music and vendors selling a variety of hand-crafted, bakery and gourmet food items.