Favorite Merchants Reopen for Season
The Market is blooming with returning merchants as spring weather arrives in Ocean Pines. Bite Me Bake Shoppe reopens this Saturday with their famous sticky buns and “crack” sweet snack treat. Skip and Sherry Harwood have been busy working on some new bake treats over the winter and are looking forward to introducing the sweets to their customers this season. Look for Bite Me Bake Shoppe at their location on the Green Market Loop.
Spring is also a time when we often freshen up our home after a long chilly winter. Coastal Creations returns with their handmade accent pillows for the home. Artisan Sue Phillips makes all of her pillows by hand, stitch by stitch, then stuffs the fabric case until the pillow reaches the just-right plumpness. Husband Jerry is the “staff” at the market boutique, assisting shoppers to find the perfect pillows created by Sue. “Our Elvis and Beatles pillows have been a favorite this past year,” Jerry said. If local-made is your thing, then this is the place to find those one-of-a-kind accent pillows for the home.
Many other merchants are planning to reopen their market businesses in the next couple of weeks. Join us each week to see who’s back at market.
Easter Bunny Impersonator to Appear at Spring Celebration Market
The market can now confirm that an Easter Bunny impersonator will be appearing at the Spring Celebration Market on Saturday April 20. Blizzard, the mini pony from Rainbow’s End Tack Shop, will be dressed in his Easter best, which includes a pair of big, fuzzy, pink bunny ears. It’s a little-known fact the Blizzard is a failed Cadbury Bunny wannabe that still dresses up each Easter in hopes that he’ll someday be recognized as the Easter bunny… uh, “pony.”
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to have their children’s picture taken with Blizzard – remember to bring the camera! Rainbow’s End Tack Shop will also be offering rides on Blizzard, the Easter pony, throughout the market day.
Bookworms Have New Market Shop
Salisbury editor and independent publisher Ron Sauder has brought his new pop-up book shop to the Ocean Pines Marketplace. Shoppers will find many authors who are Maryland-based in Ron’s Secant Publishing Book Shop. “I hope to have several of our authors join me in the shop as in-resident participants on special days,” Ron said. Secant Publishing Book Store will be open on select dates, for the time-being. You can contact Secant Publishing at 410-845-3193 for dates the shop will be open at the Ocean Pines Marketplace.
Hey Moms & Dads! Story Time is coming to The Kid’s Market Zone.
The Kid’s Market Zone, a marketplace feature unique to only the Ocean Pines Market, is teaming up with Usborne Books merchants Jasmine Dennis and Jennifer Butler. Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation, a well-established company recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s fasting-growing small companies. Usborne has been in existence for over 20 years.
Our story time will introduce children to books that explore, educate or just provide a silly story. Each story time will be hosted by a special guest reader. Readers will be local celebrities, business leaders and folks from the community who just wish to read to the children at market.
Story time is scheduled to begin this June, with a complete schedule to be posted on the market’s web page at www.oceanpines.org. If you’d be interested in reading a story to the children at market, please contact the market at email@example.com. Please include on the subject line “Market Story Time.”
Something is Cooking in the Market Open-Air Kitchen
Janice Curtis has joined the Ocean Pines Market as the new director of Culinary Educational Programs. Janice has been a merchant with the market over the past six years, offering shoppers the opportunity to equip their kitchens with the tools needed to be successful home cooks. Janice is a recognized top-selling representative with the Pampered Chef Company and is married to Chef Bill Curtis, a frequent guest chef in the Market Kitchen.
Our Resident Chef@Market, Maggie Hearn, returns to the Market Kitchen on March 30 with her popular cooking series, “Around Maggie’s Kitchen Table.” Maggie takes the fresh products from the green market and offers recipes that taste great and are easy to prepare for everyone.
A complete listing of all upcoming events in the Market Open-Air Kitchen will be announced this spring as the market welcomes some of the area’s best chefs and culinary experts to the marketplace.
A new marketplace feature is about to make its grand opening at the marketplace this season. The DIY Work Shop will host local artisans and crafters who will offer free demonstrations and hands-on workshops for market shoppers to enjoy and learn. Hands-on workshops could include a registration fee to cover the cost of materials for the project.
Activities at the Work Shop planned for this summer include a beginner’s guide to painting and a hands-on bead jewelry making workshop.
The DIY Work Shop will be located across from Coastal Creations. A complete schedule will be posted on the market’s web page.
The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market will open two days a week beginning this summer. In addition to the popular Saturday Market at the White Horse campus, the market will also be opening Wednesdays from 8 am- 1 pm at the White Horse Marketplace during the months of June, July and August.
Green Market – The Green Market is seeking merchants for the Wednesday market. Several openings are also available for the Saturday market.
- Meats – Ranchers/farmers that sell beef, pork, poultry, goat, lamb or other prepared meats such as sausage, scrapple, and charcuteries are needed for the Wednesday market. Some products, such as charcuteries, are needed for the Saturday market. All applicable licensing certificates and state requirements must be provided with submitted application.
- Seafood and Fish: Crabs – A licensed seller of live crabs is needed for the Saturday and Wednesday markets. Sorry, no openings are available for other seafood products at this time.
- Fishmonger – An opening for a licensed seller of fish products is available for the Wednesday market.
- Mushroom Producer – The market is seeking a grower of gourmet mushrooms for the Wednesday market.
- Gourmet Food – Vendors selling specialty food like popcorn, jar goods or other specialty products are encouraged to apply. Items must be produced in a licensed commercial kitchen with proper health department license.
- Wines & Spirits – Wineries and spirit producers who produce and are licensed in the state of Maryland and have proper permits to sell at a Maryland farmers market are encouraged to apply for both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.
- Pet Products – The market seeks a home or professional baker/producer of dog and cat treats. This opening applies to the Wednesday market.
- Floral Products – The Wednesday market has an opening for a grower of floral products. Could be sold per stem, in arrangements or both.
Artisan Market – Applications are being accepted for all artisan categories. Peak Season and Day Merchant openings are offered.
Peddlers Market – Applications are being accepted for the Peddlers categories. One merchant per direct sales category is accepted to the market. Peak Season and Day Merchant openings are offered.
Food Service – The market is seeking licensed food trucks licensed in Worcester County, Maryland for both the Wednesday and Saturday Markets. The market doesn’t charge a merchant fee to food trucks. Apply to the Market Manager.