Fresh at Market
Local Asparagus Season Underway – When the April sun has warmed the temperature of the ground, a perennial spring favorite pushes its tender spears above the soil. Asparagus is now local and back at the Ocean Pines Market, just in time for the spring holiday. Arrive early to get the best selection, as production is light with the season just beginning.
A Spring Tradition Returns – Before the Easter Bunny hops down the bunny trail, everyone knows that the Easter weekend officially begins on Saturday morning at the Ocean Pines Marketplace. Our merchants’ stalls will be filled with delicious items for the spring holiday table. The artisan market has a wonderful selection of items for the home and you. Grab the market basket and the kids – it’s a spring celebration at your Farmers & Artisans Market.
Meet the Animals – One of the great experiences of the Ocean Pines Market is visiting with all of the amazing and wonderful animals that our farmers and ranchers bring to the marketplace. The alpaca from Nuevo Mundo Alpacas grace the market with their beauty year-round. Liz and Jose love to share their alpacas with shoppers of all ages. At Rainbow’s End Tack Shop, Ingrid and Jessica will tell you that the mini ponies are the stars of the show. A favorite pony is Blizzard, a pure white mini that enjoys giving saddle rides or pulling his cart with riders throughout White Horse Park. And don’t forget those crazy goats over at Goatopia! These “kids” always steal the hearts of shoppers with their playful goat antics. Joe and Amy have a new addition to their Goatopia family this year – meet Luna a lovable giant Flemish rabbit at the market.
Behind the Market Stand with Artisan Breads – For the past eight years, as one of the original merchants of the Ocean Pines market, Peter Uprichard’s Artisan Breads has been a fixture at the Saturday marketplace. But Peter’s days of cooking and baking didn’t start when he joined the Ocean Pines market in 2012.
At the age of 17, Peter joined the U.S. Coast Guard and a year later graduated from the Coast Guard’s Cook and Bakers School. During his seven years of service, Peter was involved in cooking for as many as 1,800 and as few as 10 men. Peter adds, “I was sad that my military cooking didn’t win me a 5 star Michelin Award.” Everyone knows Peter has a wonderful sense of humor.
After his Coast Guard service, Peter went on to attend college and work part-time in several restaurants. As an ambitious young college student, he also began to work on the side as a carpenter, gaining skills that would later cross paths with his developing culinary career.
During the following years Peter continued to work as a chef in several restaurants and a community country club. That’s when his past combination of carpentry and culinary skills began to merge. Peter began to build a natural foods restaurant on a location that was the pastoral setting of a “froggy” pond. Of course, he named his restaurant The Frog Pond Café. “I received many write ups in the local newspapers and was featured on the local Philadelphia channel six news,” Peter says.
Peter has since retired from a full-time culinary career, but still bakes for his market business and friends. “It’s now a paying hobby, making my breads and desserts,” he says. While we wouldn’t give away Pete’s golden age, he’ll tell you that being active is the key to a long and prosperous life. He’s not the type to sit and wait on anything.
Marketplace Open-Air Kitchen
Easter Chocolates with Baker John DelVecchio – Fill the family Easter baskets with your own homemade chocolate candies. Learn how with our Baker John DelVecchio in the Market Open-Air Kitchen on April 20 from 10 a.m. – noon.
Skip that store-bought stuff and go totally DIY! Get a free copy of John’s recipe for his delectable homemade confections and watch his free demonstration as he shows you how easily it’s done. This year, you’ll definitely put the Easter Bunny to shame!
Join the Market Kitchen Team – Looking for a fun way to give back to the Worcester County community? Love food? Love to eat? Then consider joining our volunteer team at the Open-Air Kitchen. Meet local guest chefs, help prepare for live cooking demonstrations, gather product from market merchants and get a free seat at Market Kitchen activities. For more information, contact Culinary Educational Programs Director Janice Curtis at the market or email to www.oceanpines.org with the subject line “Market Kitchen Team.”