Farmers & Artisans Market

Hours & Location

Saturdays 
8 a.m. - 1 p.m., March 5 - Oct. 29, 2022
9 a.m. - noon, starting Nov. 5, 2022

Located at White Horse Park
239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD
(Next to the Ocean Pines Administration Building/Police Department)


  

Open All Year!

Applications

Market Spotlight

Amberlina's Adventures returns to the Kids' Market Zone at the Ocean Pines marketplace on Saturday, June 25 at 11am. Join the fun with music, dancing, story time and puppet show adventures. Bring a blanket to sit upon and get ready for lots of fun!

Market Events

Market News


Giddyup to Model Horse Shows in Ocean Pines
- Model horse shows hosted by Rainbow's End Tack Shop are returning to the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market.

Model horse showing is a hobby built around the collection of scale model horses, with a focus of honoring horse show industry standards, as well as the artistic merit of the plastic miniatures.

"These are friendly model horse competitions – where there are no horse hauling hassles," Tack Shop owner Ingrid Parker said with a laugh. "Our marketplace shows are open to veteran showers and those that have never been shown before. Come on out and give it a try!"

Parker is a professional horse show judge that officiates events in the Mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys officiating model horse shows across Delmarva.

"Don’t hesitate to visit us before the show with questions and let us know that you are new to showing,” she said. “We'll give you some tips on placing the model in the show ring and getting you ready to have some fun."

Park will award ribbons for first through sixth place, with the champion earning a scrumptious baked good from a market bakery.

The shows are open to children and adults of all ages and are scheduled on June 11, July 30 and Aug. 27.

Registration for each show is $5 per participant. The competition starts at 9:30 a.m. Participants must bring their own table and table covering to present on.

Jam and Jelly Maker Preserves Tradition at Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market - 
Dora Kovacic’s award-winning jams and jellies have been a fixture of the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market for more than a decade, but her story goes back several generations.

The inspiration for We Jam 4U started with Kovacic’s grandmother, Molly, who made her own jams and jellies. Her mother, Joanne, and sisters, Lisa and Debbie, also took up the trade.

"As kids, we enjoyed picking local fruits and making jam with mama and, of course, eating them too,” Kovacic said. "Our business was born when my sister, Lisa, realized that her love for making jam from local fruits was providing her family and friends with more jam than they could possibly eat. So, mama suggested that she could sell it at the flea market."

Kovacic, with her mother and sisters, became a regular vendor at farmers markets in Chincoteague and Onancock in Virginia.

"Our dad, Danny, got in the act too,” Kovacic said. “When he played his trumpet at the markets, mama would say with a wink and a smile, ‘He’s got his way of jammin’ and I’ve got mine.’”

Kovacic also brought the family business to the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market, putting her own creative spin on homemade jams, while preserving the tradition and authenticity of three generations.

In addition to single fruit flavors like blackberry jam and tangerine marmalade, Kovacic creates unique flavor combinations like black forest and French apple.

In May, when strawberries are abundant in the fields of local farms, Kovacic’s home kitchen is filled with the scent of those berries being cooked into sweet jam.

We Jam 4U also offers marmalades, fruit butters, and fruit and pepper jellies.

The small batch fruit and pepper jellies are made from ingredients sourced from local growers. Sweet, with just the right amount of heat, the pepper jellies add an element of surprise to a cheese plate, a main dish, or even a cocktail.

Kovacic and her family are proud to have won many ribbons at local fairs, including first prize for their blueberry jam, but she said the best reward is returning customers.

"Our best prize ever is the sight of our loyal and super-satisfied customers who seek us out year after year at the farmers market," she said.

Market Manager David Bean said the proof of We Jam 4U’s success is in the quality of their products.

"Dora's jams and jellies will make your PB&Js or morning toast better than you ever thought they could be,” he said.

We Jam 4U can be found at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market year-round on Saturday mornings.

The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in White Horse Park.

For more information, visit www.oceanpines.org/web/pages/farmers-artisans-market.



Vendor Openings Available
- The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market has immediate openings for its Saturday marketplace. Interested businesses should download, complete and submit the 2022 merchant application package found on the market's webpage at www.oceanpines.org, or see the market manager on any market day. Opportunities are available for resident, peak season and day merchant participation.

MEATS

  • Poultry
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb


SEAFOOD

  • Shellfish


DAIRY

  • Milk
  • Ice Cream
  • Cheeses
  • Yogurt


ARTISAN

  • Metal crafts
  • Glass arts
  • Leather works
  • Pottery and ceramic
  • Fabric artisan
  • All arts and crafts encouraged to apply

PET PRODUCTS
 
  • Homemade treats
  • Hand-sewn leashes and coats
  • Etc.


OP Farmers Market Announces Market Achievement Award Winners
- The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market recognized its merchants, artisans, volunteers, and community partners during the 2022 Achievement Awards, held at the marketplace on Saturday, Jan. 8.

“We are excited to celebrate this outstanding group of 2022 winners,” Market Manager David Bean said.
Honorees included Parker Place owner Anne Taylor, who was named Marketplace Merchant of the Year. Taylor features upcycled rugs made from recycled plastics, along with other home products.

Calm Coast Boutique was named Artisan of the Year. Boutique owner Jamie Millhoff creates unique hand-painted artwork and jewelry.

"It was so nice to be honored for doing something that I truly love," Millhoff said.

Del Vecchio's Bakery was named Green Market Merchant of the Year. During the pandemic shutdown, owner and baker John Del Vecchio made several trips to his Snow Hill bakery during each market day to restock his Ocean Pines market stand, to make sure his customers could have the comforts of his baked goods while sheltering at home.

Cove Craft and Treasures was also honored with Peddler Merchant of the Year. Owners Ruth and Gary White offer estate sale sterling silver jewelry to shoppers.

"This is so exciting. We are so honored! We have never been nominated for anything,” Ruth White said. “We so love our OP Farmers & Artisans Market Family and look forward to another great year."

The market also recognized three participants with Legacy Honors. The awards are given for commitment through service and leadership to the Ocean Pines marketplace.

Those honored included the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department for its participation as a community partner; greengrocer D. J. David & Company, recognized for 10 years of continuous participation at the market; and John Chandler, assistant market manager, for his outstanding contribution to market leadership.

Also recognized were Janice Curtis, Educational Programming; Terry Jordan of Longridge Gardens, Storefront Presentation; the Jessie Klump Memorial Fund, Community Corner Partner of the Year; Brightman Farm, Outstanding Social Media Promotion; and Janine Dufrene of Amish Friendship Breads, the 2022 Inspiration Award.

The Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, through February. In-season hours return in March, with the market open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 

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 info@oceanpines.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 to www.oceanpines.org with the subject line "Market Kitchen Team."

Click here to view all Chef@Market recipes!

Kids' Market Zone

June 25

Amberlina's Adventures returns to the Kids' Market Zone at the Ocean Pines marketplace on Saturday, June 25 at 11am. Join the fun with music, dancing, storytime and puppet show adventures. Bring a blanket to sit upon and get ready for lots of fun!

 

Market Logo Merchandise

Our line of Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market logo merchandise is available every Saturday at the Market Information Booth and weekdays at the front desk of the Ocean Pines Association Administration Building.   We carefully select items that are perfect for you, the market shopper!  Proceeds from merchandise sales benefit the events and educational programs of the farmers market.

   


Colorful Aprons
– Bright and colorful, these unisex aprons are great for the kitchen, crafting or working around the home.  The canvas material is stain-resistant and easy to clean.  Impress your kitchen guests with your Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market apron – they'll be wanting one of their own!

Market Bumper Sticker – The old-fashioned bumper sticker makes a comeback at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market!  This weather-resistant sticker has a clear background, allowing only the market's logo to show where it is placed.  Display your bumper sticker proudly and tell everyone you shop at Worcester County's favorite farmers market!

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 flavordrizzles@gmail.com. Go ahead…break a leg!!
 

Community Corner










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 flavordrizzles@gmail.com for more information!

Click here to download a Community Corner Tent application.

Weekly
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

September 17

Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Club

October 15
Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Club












 

Volunteer

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 info@oceanpines.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 flavordrizzles@gmail.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 flavordrizzles@gmail.com.

Volunteers are essential to every aspect of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market. With the market open every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm, 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.

  • 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.

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