This Week at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market: March 23

The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market remains open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in White Horse Park to serve the community and provide much needed groceries.

Shoppers can stock up on the essentials from these merchants:

Alaska Wild Seafood – Fish
Amish Friendship Beads – Baked goods
Brightman Farm – Eggs
Cropper Farm – Toffee and brittle
D. J. David & Company – Produce
DelVecchio’s Bakery – Baked goods / breads
Eastern Shore Kettle Korn – Popcorn
Ethen Coffee Roasters – Coffee beans
Great Expectations Farm – Beef, pork, poultry
Longridge Gardens – Micro greens, cut flowers
Pies Etcetera – Baked goods
Toute de Suite – Pastries
Stag Run Farm – Honey, jams, produce
We Jam 4U – Jellies and jams

The following release was provided by organizers of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market:

Again, within one week, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued its second press release in reference to Maryland farmers markets during the current Coronavirus State of Emergency.

Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder is making it very clear that farmers markets need to remain open. The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is OPEN, and is committed to staying open to serve our customers throughout these unsettling times.

The complete text of the press release is below:

Farmers Markets Should Continue Operations During State of Emergency

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 19, 2020)—The Maryland Department of Agriculture considers farmers markets an essential business and an important source of food for many Marylanders. The department is asking that farmers markets remain open during the current state of emergency.

“Farmers markets play a critical role in providing fresh, nutritious and locally-produced food products to customers across the state—especially those Marylanders who live in food deserts and those who rely on SNAP benefits to access fresh produce,” said Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “It is important that we keep that supply line open while making sure we implement the same preventative measures used in grocery stores and other essential retail businesses.”

In response to the state’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, markets are urged to make necessary adjustments to promote social distancing; increase access to hand sanitizer/washing stations for staff, vendors and patrons; regularly sanitize any touch surfaces; and consider any operational changes that may reduce the opportunity for infection. More information on prevention is available from the Maryland Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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