The Ocean Pines Farmers Market spring and summer season officially begins this Saturday, May 2! Be sure to visit our new vendors and returning favorites this and every Saturday in White Horse Park from 8 am-1 pm. Click here to learn more about the Ocean Pines Farmers Market, including participating vendors.
Best Friends Collars – What’s up, pussy cat? How about the news that Best Friends Collars now has collars for feline friends. Check out Robyn’s selection of handmade cat and dog collars at this week’s market.
Peter’s Artisan Breads – Peter the Bread man is baking his magic into several new creations. Look for apricot walnut bread, a quick bread that is moist and full of flavor, and savory braided onion bread, filled with onions and herbs. Scones this week will be embellished with blueberries, and breakfast lovers will be glad to know that Pete’s cinnamon buns are back.
La Marche – Chef Joe of Vera Pasta has introduced a new delicious one-of-a-kind fuseli gourmet pasta and the only place in the area you’ll find it is La Marche Gifts & Gourmet. Vera Pasta has collaborated with Victory Brewing Company to create this unique malty flavored pasta named Victory Brewing Fuseli. Le Marche suggests trying the new pasta with grilled meats or sausages from Great Expectations Farms and topping with a zesty sauce. Or make a jerk chicken malt pasta with La Marche’s Shenandoah Island Jerk Chicken rub – just add fresh peppers, onions and garlic to create your own recipe! If the food pairs well with beer, it will be delicious with this new pasta from Vera Pasta and La Marche Gifts & Gourmet.
Backyard Jams and Jellies – Krista has been making her jams & jellies for more than 25 years. Her husband loves to garden so she started making jams and jellies out of whatever was in season in the backyard. At the time her neighbors owned Franklin Hardware Store in Lewes, Delaware. One afternoon, while picking grapes, the neighbor suggested that Krista put a few jars in the hardware store. Those jars of jam flew off of the shelves – especially the Beach Plum Jelly, now a Delmarva favorite. That’s where Krista’s hobby started to turn into a business. Now Backyard Jams & Jellies has over 85 flavors, including fourteen award winners! Besides being found at numerous Sussex County, Delaware farmers markets and small business retailers throughout the first state, the jams and jellies are served at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Look for Backyard Jams & Jellies at the Ocean Pines Farmers Market beginning May 2.
Holly Hill Homemade Goods – A local favorite is now calling the Ocean Pines Farmers Market home. You’ll find a selection of home-style baked goods, including the popular Maryland Eastern Shore sweet potato biscuits. Choose from pound cakes, cookies, brownies and more. Those seeking gluten-free baked goods will be tempted with many options, too. Oh, and the fudge! Elise and the Holly Hill crew join market on May 2.
In My Hands – The Collick ladies create beautiful home-sewn items. At their market stand on May 2 you’ll find a selection of handmade tote bags, handbags, table toppers and runners, embroidered towels and pillowcases, placemats, kitchen towel hangers, dolls and more. Check back here or on the Ocean Pines Farmers Market Facebook page to see when In My Hands will be visiting the market next.
Girdletree Gardens – Amish friendship breads from Girdletree Gardens have become a favorite of the market crowd. This weekend the Girdletree ladies will be bringing green apple, lemon, double chocolate, banana bread, banana blueberry and chocolate chip banana. Hurry…get your Amish friendship breads before they’re gone!
Grateful Living Homestead – The Lilley family will be bringing a variety of home-crafted health, wellness and beauty products (with no junk or chemicals you cannot pronounce) to market. Look for upcycled gypsy/vintage wearables by Summer, hand-spun novelty fiber mermaid strand hair pieces by Sophie, antler buttons and jewelry by David, recycled skate deck jewelry/art by Jonathan and hand-knitted bows by Ruby. The Lilley family sees beauty in simplicity and in making something from nothing. The Lilley family joins market beginning this May.
Opening Day May 2 – On this day we will welcome back many of our returning vendors and introduce you to the newest members of our family. Over 50 vendors will be participating in this year’s market. You can shop for fresh produce from 11 local farms and delicious baked goods from our bakers. You can also purchase wine from several Maryland wineries, local roasted organic coffee, all-natural pet treats, sweet confections and gourmet foods of all kinds. Seek out the unusual with our bazaar vendors and find unique items with our artisans and craftspeople.
Memorial Day Farmers Market May 23 – Fire up the grill with all of the fixins found at the Memorial Day Weekend Farmers Market. Early summer produce at its freshest will be stacked high on our farmers’ stands. A selection of beef, pork, poultry and lamb from Great Expectations Farm or fish from Alaskan Wild Seafood will be ready for the grill. Grab a freshly baked pound cake to serve with ripe summer berries, or take home a delicious pie. You’ll find the season’s best at this special market!
Berry Festival June 27 – The Ocean Pines Farmers Market Berry Festival is made for berry lovers, who know it’s summer on Delmarva when the ripest, juiciest berries – perfect for making pies, jams and other treats – start appearing. Join us to find the freshest Eastern Shore berries, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. In addition to fresh berries from our farm vendors, there will be berry-themed foods, crafts and artisan products.
Market in a Bag – Looking for a green option to bring home your market finds? Stop by the Market Information Booth and pick up an Ocean Pines Farmers Market logo tote bag. The bags are convenient and fold up for easy storage when not being used. You’ll be “green” and stylish while shopping!
Give the Gift of the Farmers Market – Now you can give the gift of filling a market basket with items from the farmers market. Market Bucks are our new gift certificate program. Include the Bucks in a greeting card to a friend, co-worker or family member, place them in a hostess gift basket, or raffle them at a fundraiser for your club. Purchase your Market Bucks at the Market Information Booth! (Market Bucks are valid for one year from date of purchase.)
Bazaar Vendor Openings – The Bazaar is coming to the Ocean Pines Farmers Market! This new section will aim to provide shoppers with a variety of unique resale goods and collectible items including jewelry, collectible housewares, antiques, shabby chic furniture, sports memorabilia and more. For Bazaar vending information, contact Market Manager David Bean at email@example.com or 410-251-6383.
Farmers Market Raffle – The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is offering market visitors the chance to win a new bicycle and ride around the market in style with the introduction of its 2015 raffle. Tickets will be sold at the market through Nov. 21. Other prizes include $100 in Market Bucks, valid at any Ocean Pines Farmers Market vendor, and an Ocean Pines Farmers Market gift basket with market products and gift certificates valued at $50. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for six. The raffle drawing will be held at the 2015 Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 21. Winners need not be present to win.
Artisan Vendor Call – Artists and crafters, you’re invited to participate as vendors at the 2015 Ocean Pines Farmers Market. The market is becoming a Saturday morning cultural centerpiece of Maryland’s Eastern Shore community by embracing artisan market vendors. In addition to the traditional farmers market vendors, shoppers now look for artisans selling jewelry, beading, metalwork, photography, paintings, leather goods, carved wood pieces, textiles and other products. For artisan vending information, contact Market Manager David Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-251-6383.
Kids Market Zone
It’s back! The Kid’s Market Zone returns May 16 to the market. Ms. Vicki and the crafting crew from Holy Trinity Church will be in the Zone and crafting up some fun! Crafts are simple and only take a few minutes to complete while Mom and Dad shop the market or hang around and join in the crafting activity. All crafting materials are provided and the Kids Market Zone is always free of charge to all children between the ages of 3 to 14. Activities begin at 9 am.
The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is seeking musicians to provide background music for our visitors as they shop the market. Musicians provide casual performances at randomly assigned locations through the market and can open up their cases for tips! If you are a musician who would like to share your music with others, please contact Market Manager David Bean at 410-251-6383 or email@example.com.
- May 2 11:30 am-12 pm – “Uke of Earl” Charlie Flagiello
- May 9 10 am-12 pm – “Uke of Earl” Charlie Flagiello
- May 16 10 am-12 pm – The Lilley Family
- May 23 10 am-12 pm – “Uke of Earl” Charlie Flagiello
- May 30 10 am-12 pm – The Lilley Family
Community Corner Tent
Reservations are now being taken for the Community Corner Tent for 2015. Civic groups, clubs or non-profit organizations are encouraged to hold a fundraiser, sign up new members or offer a demonstration to market visitors. For more information about how your organization can be featured, contact Market Manager David Bean at 410-251-6383 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The following organizations are part of the Community Corner Tent family. Stop by when they’re under the tent or go online to learn more!
- Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines – Ocean City, MD Visit kiwanisofopoc.org
- Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce oceanpineschamber.org
- Ocean Pines Garden Club
- Pine’eer Craft Club Pine’eer Craft Club on Facebook May 23
- Town Cats (cat rescue group) towncats.net May 9, May 30
- Worcester County Humane Society worcestercountyhumanesociety.org May 16
- Worcester County Beach Bots
- Relay for Life May 2