This Week at the Farmers and Artisans Market: March 16

The Maryland Governor’s office issued the following statement on Friday, March 13:

“Farmers Markets are exempt from the executive order banning gatherings of more than 50 people. Both the governor’s office and Maryland Department of Agriculture understand that farmers markets are a vital part of the food supply chain, that farmers markets provide a necessary service to residents, and that there is a real public health reason for them to continue to operate as usual. Farmers markets are encouraged to take preventative protective measures and adhere to CDC guidelines.”

The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market offers customers some preventative measures for shopping at the market during this pandemic:
1. Shop early for the best selection and lighter crowd
2. Keep your distance from other shoppers – if a business is crowded, wait and return later.
3. Don’t touch food you don’t intend to buy.
4. Pay with credit cards or Apple Pay.
5. Bag your own purchases.
6. When you get home, wash your hands, your tote bags and your produce.
7. If you don’t feel well, please stay home.

Market management has placed the Kid’s Market Zone and Marketplace Open-Air Kitchen cooking demonstrations on hiatus until the Maryland State of Emergency is lifted or suspended.

This Saturday, March 21, local leather artisan Woodrow Stamper is bringing his high-quality custom leather handcrafts to the Ocean Pines marketplace. W. W. Leather will be offering shoppers a wide variety of belts, holsters, cell phone cases, dog collars, tool pouches and cases for rifles.

Woody has been making quality leather products for over 35 years. Many of his customers from all over Delmarva recognize and appreciate his reputation for quality, service, value and attention to detail.

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