Farmers & Artisans Market
Plenty to do, see and taste at winter farmers markets - Winters in Ocean Pines can be chilly, but Saturday mornings are warm and welcoming at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market.
Market Manager David Bean said many make it a habit to bundle up and gather with family and friends at the market each week.
“’Winter market warrior’ is a title the market shares with its shoppers and merchants alike, and the number of those who brave the elements of a winter morning have grown significantly over the years,” Bean said. “We have a steady and growing winter artisan participation that is beginning to match the number of participating green market merchants.”
The marketplace will celebrate its 12th anniversary this year, and the 11th year for the offseason market.
“It's rewarding to see the embrace of the community supporting all those who participate. Our merchants saw the desire for a year-round marketplace, and we are hoping this love for the offseason market will only continue to grow stronger over the coming years,” Bean said.
For Ocean Pines shoppers, the winter marketplace provides a source for locally grown winter crops and other products from area producers.
Story Hill Farm from Frankford, Delaware brings their grass-fed beef, pork and poultry, while Brightman Farm sells fresh eggs by the dozen.
Bean said shoppers visit the winter market to stock up on local ingredients, perfect for cozy cooking like locally grown sweet and crunchy carrots, buttery potatoes, and winter radishes.
This year, customers of produce merchant D. J. David can enjoy locally grown winter varieties of radishes, along with Brussels sprouts and frost-kissed cabbages. Brandon Brady at Stag Run Farm helps fill customers’ salad bowls with artisan lettuces grown at his farm’s greenhouses.
Many treat themselves to handcrafted pastries and baked goods from the market's bakers. John DelVecchio, owner and baker at DelVecchio's Bakery, works through the night to bring fresh baked goods to his Saturday morning customers. His bread selections are popular with his customers, and few can pass on his Danishes, cookies and scones.
“The winter market also features several other bakeries, including those that specialize in gluten free and plant-based baked goods, as well as homestyle baked goods like grandma made,” Bean said.
Other items found at the winter market include spices, honey, jams and jellies, spirits, seafood, and kettle corn.
Bean said the winter merchants also have more time to directly interact with their customers.
“The offseason market gives many shoppers the opportunity to really get to know the merchants, since the merchants have more time to stop and chat during the colder, slower months,” he said.
That’s also true for the many community organizations and groups that participate.
“We are so lucky to have such stellar businesses and organizations that help make our winter market season a success and a joy for the community,” Bean said. “Bundle up and enjoy your market this winter!”
The market will celebrate Valentine's Day with a sweetheart market on Saturday, Feb. 11, featuring special activities and all the necessary ingredients for a special Valentine's dinner.
The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon in White Horse Park. In-season hours return on March 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marketing Seeking Volunteer Market Coordinators - The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is seeking market coordinators to work with the market managers. This volunteer position is to assist merchants with arriving at the marketplace.
Duties include greeting and checking-in arriving merchants, assisting merchants in finding their assigned vending spaces and working with the market managers to ensure a smooth start to the market day.
Individuals must be available from 6-10 a.m. on Saturday mornings, in a variety of weather conditions.
Interested individuals should contact Market Manager John Chandler for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Market Seeking Commercial Bakery Merchant - The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market has an immediate opening for a resident (full-time, year round participant) commercial bakery merchant.
The bakery must be licensed and operating in compliance with all local and state guidelines. Cottage industry (home) bakers are not being accepted for this opening.
For more information, contact John Chandler at email@example.com.
Off-Season Hours, New Vendors & More - The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market returns to offseason hours of 9 a.m. to noon starting this Saturday, Nov. 5 in White Horse Park.
Along with the new hours, Market Manager David Bean said several new merchants recently joined the marketplace.
That includes Abragail Farms, a hydroponic operation based in Worcester County and offering a selection of microgreens.
“Abragail Farms uses green technology and automation in harmony with mother nature to produce microgreens. Solar energy, hydroponics and vertical farming allow them to maximize production in a minimal farming footprint,” Bean said.
Bean said microgreens are also quite useful in the kitchen.
"Sprouts bring a burst of flavor to anything you add them to. Sprinkle them on a salad, atop a cracker with hummus, or stuffed into a sandwich,” he said.
Also new to the marketplace is Story Hill Farm from Frankford, Delaware. Owners Steven and Helen Raleigh will bring heritage pork and grass-fed beef, starting on Saturday, Nov. 12.
“In addition to the great products their farm produces, the Raleigh’s are actively involved with the community and bring awareness to the importance of small family farms,” Bean said. "I have no doubt that our marketplace shoppers are going to fall in love with this local farm family."
Steven Raleigh said his booth will offer “every cut you can imagine of pork and beef,” including hams, bacon, scrapple, sausage, briskets, shoulders, ribs, chops and steaks.
"Bring your cooler and load up on all the bounty we've worked so hard to produce for you,” Raleigh said.
Belle Grove Tea Co. recently joined the marketplace and serves blends of loose-leaf teas. Flavors include Cranbernet, Berry Lavender and Mighty Green Mint. Belle Grove also carries a unique line of flowering tea balls that bloom when steeped in a tea pot.
Additionally, owner Christy McDowell offers catered tea parties and rental services.
"Christy is very passionate about her teas and the services that she has for her customers. It's fun to talk with her and learn about the world of teas,” Bean said.
The market also boasts two new bakeries, Anne’s Cake Shoppe and Vivian's House. The former offers gluten-free delights including German chocolate cupcakes and oatmeal cream pies, and the latter specializes in cakes and cookies made with all-natural ingredients.
Stag Run Farm has been a staple of the Ocean Pines market for nearly a decade, and recently announced the addition of locally pressed apple cider, the only operation of its kind on Delmarva.
“From the most colorful stacks of produce to the most awesome baked goods, these market days are a true foodie’s dream,” Bean said. "We will never be done growing our market for our loyal shoppers, who come to support our merchants from near and far every week."
For the holidays, a pair of Thanksgiving markets are scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 9-11 a.m.
"If you're baking a pumpkin pie from scratch, you’ll find all the pumpkins you need at our market,” Bean said. “If you want one of our bakers to bake it for you, you'll find the pies here – and no one needs to know that you didn't make it yourself!"
The Market will return to in-season hours on Saturday, March 4.
Volunteer with "The Friends" – Would you like to get more immersed in the life of the iconic Ocean Pines Market? Then consider volunteering with the Friends of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market! The Friends support and enhance the Market: run education programs, manage the sale of Market-branded merchandise, help organize our many popular events, support other Market special features, lead tours of the Market and much more.
The Friends are a diverse and dedicated group that adds great value to the Market and also enjoys an array of rewarding Market-related experiences! For more information, check out the volunteer opportunities on this webpage, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-251-6383.
Marketplace Open-Air Kitchen
Join the Market Kitchen Team – Looking for a fun way to give back to the Worcester County community? Love food? Love to eat? Then consider joining our volunteer team at the Open-Air Kitchen. Meet local guest chefs, help prepare for live cooking demonstrations, gather product from market merchants and get a free seat at Market Kitchen activities. For more information, contact Culinary Educational Programs Director Janice Curtis at the market or email email@example.com with the subject line "Market Kitchen Team."
Click here to view all Chef@Market recipes!
Kids' Market Zone
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Market Music & More
Are you a musician? Do you have a magic act or do you juggle to entertain a crowd? The Market is always looking for buskers and street performers to add to the Marketplace. Do you draw characters, do face painting or transform balloons into cute puppy dogs? Then we want to hear from you, today! There are opportunities beyond the boardwalk at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. No fees are charged for bringing your talents to the Marketplace. Download our Busking Application at www.oceanpines.org or come to the Marketplace and see Market Manager David Bean, or contact him at 410-251-6383 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Go ahead…break a leg!!
The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is dedicated to supporting and promoting local nonprofits, civic organizations and community groups. That’s why we created our Community Corner Tent, a free market space offered to groups to help them increase awareness, raise funds, enroll new members, or publicize an upcoming event.
With the Market’s patron attendance reaching into the thousands each year, this is a wonderful way to meet and greet the citizens of Worcester County’s many communities and beyond. Dates are reserved with a completed application on a first-received basis. Please email email@example.com for more information!
Click here to download a Community Corner Tent application.
Jesse Klump Memorial Fund
Town Cats of Ocean City - Pet Adoptions
Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department - Raffle Ticket Sales
Friends of the Ocean Pines Library - Paperback Book Sale
Public Outreach Program – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is seeking a volunteer to lead and oversee the market's public outreach program. The interested individual will work with local and regional non-profits, civic groups and organizations that participate at the market in the market's Community Corner.
If you are interested in helping the area's many worthy organizations reach the thousands of shoppers that visit the Ocean Pines Marketplace each week, then this is the perfect opportunity.
You should be motivated, self starting, organized and have good people skills. Apply to the market manager, David Bean, at the marketplace or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Ocean Pines Marketplace."
New Volunteer Opportunities – The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is seeking a Children's Educational Program Director and Arts & Crafts Workshop Program Director. If you are interested, or know someone who would be a good candidate for an opening, please contact Market Manager David at email@example.com.
- 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 life style task. 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 that can present workshops. Activities take place weekly at the Saturday market from April through October.
Calling all Market Gurus! Do you love the Ocean Pines Market? We're on the hunt for several market gurus to volunteer on Saturdays from 7 am – 2 pm. You'll be helping shoppers find their way around, answering questions at our Market Information Booth or staffing our Vendor Services Booth and of course picking up your market shopping for the week. For more information, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are essential to every aspect of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. With the market open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers are needed before, during and after market. They provide support with tasks that include greeting and helping customers, assisting vendors and the setup and closing down of the market. Whether you sign up for a one-time opportunity or choose to take on a regular volunteer role, the market guarantees you will enjoy being part of making good things happen! If you are interested in volunteering at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market but aren't sure if it's for you, please stop by the information booth and speak with one of the volunteers working at the information booth to find out more.
- Market Coordinators: Duties include greeting and checking-in arriving merchants, assisting merchants in finding their assigned vending spaces and working with the market managers to ensure a smooth start to the market day.
- Set-Up Crew: Help set up the Market. Assist merchants with putting up canopies, tables, and signs. Early morning hours.
- Market Guide: Move throughout the Market answering questions and directing customers to their favorite merchants. Hand out dog biscuits and promotional flyers and maintain other interactions with customers.
- Greeter: Welcome customers at entrance points of the Market and perform the hourly customer count.
- Market Information Booth: Duties include answering customer questions, selling Market merchandise, and more.
- Administrative Assistance: Sign in arriving merchants. Distribute and collect information from merchants. Assist management with collection of merchant fees and complete the merchant attendance.
- Events and Happenings: Help plan and run special events and happenings at the Market.
- Communications: Take photos and video of the Market. Caption the merchants and customers along with the special happenings and events of the Marketplace. Submit article drafts for our Market publications and social media content suggestions for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Breakdown Crew: Help take down canopies, tables, chairs, and signs. Close up the Marketplace.
Click here for the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market Volunteer Registration Form.
Forms, Documents and Links
- NEW Recommended Operation Guidelines for Farmers Markets
- Vendor Handbook
- Information for Wineries Participating in Farmers Markets
- Information about Brewery Off-Site Permits
- Maryland's Best Website
- Maryland Department of Agriculture Website
- Maryland Department of Health Cottage Food Business Webpage
- Maryland's In-Season Vegetable
- Maryland's In-Season Fruits