This Week at the Farmers & Artisans Market: Feb. 2

This Week at the Farmers & Artisans Market – February 2, 2019

There are still folks who think winter is the off-time for the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market, but in fact there are plentiful options to fill your market shopping tote.  Local eggs, milk, butter and ice cream have no season and are available with fresh fruits and vegetables, tempting baked goods, meats, seafood, local honey, jar goods, jams and gourmet foods. Find all this and more at the Market this winter.

Groundhog Day at Market

Will the groundhog see his shadow this Saturday?   Groundhog Day always falls on February 2, as this date traditionally marks the midpoint between the winter solstice in December and the spring equinox in March.  According to Celtic legend, if a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter; if it doesn’t, then spring is right around the corner.   Of course, it’s a bit of a joke. If he sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t, it’ll be six weeks till spring arrives – the date of the equinox doesn’t change.  No matter what the groundhog says on Saturday, there’s plenty of time to check out the winter offerings at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market.


Join Our Market Team

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 lifestyle tasks.  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 who can present workshops. Activities take place weekly at the Saturday market from April through October.

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.


Inclement Winter Weather

Winter can bring dangerous inclement weather that interrupts our normal market schedule.  Plowable snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are some of the reasons we might close the winter marketplace.  The indoor market may be postponed if the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department feels that the weather conditions are a threat to the fire equipment being placed outdoors during the market hours.  We will announce any market closing on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and post to the Ocean Pines Association website.


Merchant Openings

The Artisan Market has openings for the following artisan and craft categories:

  • Handmade soaps and scrubs
  • Glass art
  • Metal work art
  • Leather craft
  • Pottery and Ceramics
  • Photography

If your artisan category is not listed here, please submit your application anyway. We’re always looking for new and unique artisans to bring to our market shoppers.


What’s Fresh at Market this February?

On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the growing season for local summer produce ended months ago, but many vegetables and fruits that were harvested late in the fall and early winter are hearty enough to last through the winter season. This includes beets, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, turnips and winter squash, all ideal for slow cooking or roasting to draw out their deep rich flavors.

Along with local cold-weather crops, fresh fruits and vegetables from the region and beyond are bountiful, including heirloom varieties.  Lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes are still found along with green beans, zucchini and broccoli.  Market shoppers need not lose that one-on-one relationship with their favorite market merchants during the winter at our European-style marketplace.

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