Olney Farmers & Artists Market

Synergy at the Market - Kale and Pepper Jam

Once again, the sun shone and the weather was perfect on Market day.  There were some breezes towards afternoon, which served to remind all the vendors of how important weights are for their tents!

The music was supplied by George Larkin, standing next to the lovely sign as supplied by our wonderful artist, Anne Rickert.


Sing, George!

The kid’s tent had a new activity: a set of Duplos, which proved popular and photogenic.



Our chef demo this week featured Better Than Raw — Marinated Kale Salad.  When you hear “kale,” you either run towards or away - there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground!  So it was gratifying to see an enthusiastic audience for Gina Rieg of Simplistic Wholistic as she mixed up the marinade for a really delicious dish.


It’s Easy!



It’s Delicious!

Mike at Homestead Farm has a new batch of jams, some made from the many kinds of hot peppers he raises.


Watch Out For The Ghost Pepper Jam!

We took home a jar of Hot Pineapple Jam with Fatali peppers and a bunch of kale.  I prepared Gina’s recipe and used the jam instead of honey.  There was a noticeable but not outrageous kick to it.

 And there were gorgeous peonies at Mark and Madgie’s.  Beautiful to look at, lovely to smell!



We thank The Farm at Our House and Shepherd’s Manor Creamery for their donations to this week’s chef demo.  See you next Sunday!

 Judy Newton

Presto-Chango! At The Market

And now for something completely different, we bring you a magic show!  Yes, just for a change of pace from the usual chef demo, the Masters of Mystery performed last Sunday to an enthusiastic audience of all ages.

Sam and Jesse, Masters of Mystery

They changed milk to confetti, made stuff appear and disappear, and for their grand finale Sam DIDN’T get his hand chopped off, though two carrots were not so lucky.  (Does anyone else detect a food theme here, even with no cooking?)

The Magic Milk Trick


Josie Volunteered To Assist

Can This Hand Be Saved?

In another part of the Market, Pat O’Neill worked his musical magic.

 Pat Sings and Plays

Then there was a display of expertise from the Master Method Karate School - broken boards were flying everywhere!


Feet And Boards Fly

And Freddy was serving his breakfast burritos and barbeque to appreciative customers.  Good news - by popular demand, the waffles will return!


This Sunday promises to be another beautiful Spring day.  Come spend it at the Market!

Judy Newton

Report on Two Markets

I didn’t manage to get a post out on last week’s market, so this one will include both the markets on May 18 and 25th.

On May 18, there was a wine tasting scheduled, but our tasting guide’s plane was delayed.  She was too late, so Anne’s beautiful sign was for naught!

 But What a Great Sign!

Her music sign, for Jeff Burnett, was equally lovely and more truthful - Jeff really was there.

Really Jeff!

Madgie of M&M Plants posed with Carol and Lee Carrier of Plantmasters.   Our two flower vendors in one!

Madgie, Carol, Lee, Flowers

And speaking of plants, the Sherwood High School horticulture program sold the plants raised in their greenhouse.

Sherwood Sells Plants

We have a new vendor selling Asian-style sugarcane drinks.  Some of our patrons are familiar with these drinks, but for others it’s a new experience.  Just as we provide a wide range of fruits and vegetables, so we try to have new and different food and drinks at the Market.  Stop by and try some - they give samples!

A Sweet, Juicy Treat

Remember when Ike Leggett, the County Executive, came to Opening Day?  The official copy of the Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation has arrived.  Janet Terry, our President and Market Master, posed with it proudly.  Stop by the Information Booth and admire it on Sunday!

We Are Recognized and Appreciated

Last Sunday, our chef was Matt Baker of the Occidental Restaurant in DC.  The sign was again produced by our terrific graphic artist, Anne Rickert, who posed by her work.

Signmaster Anne

Chef Matt showed us how to make a Grilled Asparagus and Strawberry Salad, with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Salsa Verde.  Very seasonal, and very tasty.

Consider the Asparagus

He had the audience enthralled with his exposition on asparagus and green dressing.

Everyone Watches Chef Matt

Meanwhile there were other signs of spring: English peas, sugar snaps and cherry tomatoes at Pleitez;

And a Spanish Lesson Too!

patriotic boys fascinated with the spinning wheel at the Sandy Spring Museum booth;



and color-coded  quads having a picnic.

The Hats Are To Tell Them Apart

See you this Sunday!

Judy Newton

Opening Day, And Time Begins

You couldn’t ask for better weather last Sunday.  Winter is over at last, and the Market had the strawberries and asparagus to prove it.


Patrons and vendors turned out in force.  So did a couple of our local politicians.

Janet Terry, Market President; Karen Montgomery, State Senator; Ike Leggett, County Executive

There were some new vendors -

Rodney Henry of Dangerously Delicious Pies

- and some old friends.

Paddy, the Orchard Breeze Guys, and Chaan of Angels and Anchors

And our chef showed us how to make ice cream with milk and cream from Orchard Breeze Farm.

Lindsay Clendaniel, Author of Scoop Adventures

Sampling the Ice Cream

Chef’s Audience

Notice the snazzy new sign?  Watch that space each week for a different chef cooking up delicious things!

Judy Newton

Two Market Chefs Will Be Judges at Embassy Chef Challenge

I noticed that two famous local chefs who have been demo chefs at the Olney Farmers Market will be judges for the Embassy Chef Challenge   next week.  Joan Nathan and Amy Riolo, along with other chefs and food writers, are featured at the charity event.

The annual benefit supports the free programs and events provided by Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Washington DC’s art, culture and heritage.  This is a unique benefit of living in the Washington DC area - a chance to take advantage of a diverse selection of cuisines as interpreted by Embassy chefs from around the globe.

Fifteen Embassy chefs will take part in vying for People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Awards. There will also be an auction with items offering diverse culinary and travel adventures.  Here are the details of the event, from  the Embassy Chef Challenge website:


The 6th annual Embassy Chef Challenge will take place on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Chefs from around the world, who usually serve only to dignitaries and heads of states, will dish up hors d’oeuvres showcasing their countries’ cuisine while trying to win favor for the People’s Choice Award. A panel of celebrity chefs and food critics will select the Judge’s Choice. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, culture and heritage found in Washington’s diverse neighborhoods.

DATE: Thursday, May 15, 2014
TIME: 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
TICKETS: $250 per ticket. Early registration is encouraged— last year’s event sold out.

No Gazing, Plenty of Stars

The dinner billed as “Stargazing Vegetarian” turned out to be neither (but not in a bad way).   There were, however, plenty of cosmic vibes!

It was a warm day in early Spring in Ashton.  Greg and Nadine Mort opened their beautiful, mid-century rambler full of Greg’s artwork and astronomical objects to the last OFAM fundraising dinner of the 2013-14 season.  There was food, drink, and entertainment to be had, in abundance.  Alas, when it came time to do the stargazing, the sky had clouded over!  Never mind, the ever-resourceful Greg substituted an entertaining lecture instead.

The table was beautifully set with Nadine’s crystal and china.


Table Setting With View of the Living Room


Table Setting With View of the Telescope


Table Setting Detail


And a View of the Outside

The volunteers gathered to discuss the service, and the chef, Evelyn Bunoan, and her husband Oscar, set up the buffet.  Chef Evelyn is Master Chef and owner of Philippine Oriental Market and Deli, and has been named one of the most influential Filipina women in the US by the Filipina Women’s Network.

Volunteers Strategizing Before Dinner: Unknown, Dawn, Nancy, Jacob, Bobbi, Janet


Chef Evelyn and Oscar Set Up the Buffet

Elyse Kudo, of Jackson Family Fine Wines, generously donated red and white wine.  Here she is with Nadine and Greg, with the setup for the wine and Nadine’s Cosmic Cocktails.


Elyse, Nadine, Greg

As the guests arrived, the servers passed around hors d’oeuvres with the cocktails.


Mingling Over Drinks

Then we headed across the lawn to the observatory for a look at the big telescope,


On Wheels!

 and the bigger telescope.


It Has Its Own House

Chef Evelyn cooked one of the dinner dishes right in front of everyone, and then the buffet of wonderful Philippine food was spread for the guests to fill their plates.


Chef Evelyn Demonstrates a Noodle Dish


The Buffet

Although the dinner was mainly vegetarian, there were two dishes with fish and crabmeat, so there was something for everyone.


My Plate

At dinner, Elyse described the wines we were drinking, and Janet Terry, OFAM President,  thanked everyone for their wonderful patronage of the Market.


Elyse Talked About the Wine


Janet Waxes Enthusiastic About the Market

For dessert, a grand selection of dishes, some by our Market producers, and others by volunteers, was offered; and a violinist, Jeff Issokson, entertained.


Dessert Buffet


A Selection of Exotic Fruit

Then came the “consolation” lecture, to replace the cloud-occluded stargazing.  No one was disappointed.  Or, as one delighted guest said, “It just keeps coming!  I never expected all these extras!”


Greg Enlightens the Guests

The guests were given copies of a book full of Greg’s wonderful artwork as souvenirs of a most delightful evening!

The money raised by this and other fundraisers will allow the Market to supplement the Farmers Market SNAP and WIC programs.  We thank all the generous patrons who contribute to our efforts to promote good nutrition in our area.   

Judy Newton

Highly Seasoned Market

The dynamic demo duo Salt & Pepper came to the Market last Sunday.  They used the wonderful eggs, sausage and milk from Orchard Breeze to make omelets and scrambled eggs, along with Norland potatoes, spinach and onions from Cat’s Paw Organic Farm, and Hickory Smoked Bacon Gourmet Dip Mix from Magnet Earth.

Brian and Chef Tee


They Cook

Becca decided that cooking was the most fascinating thing ever.  She paid close attention throughout the entire demo.

Becca Watches

Jennifer, whose Cupcake Lounge table was located next to the demo table, graciously shared some space to stage the samples.  Eggs for tasting; cupcakes for dessert!

Elsewhere, the peripatetic Friendship Star Opportunity Quilt was located in the Exhibit Hall.  It has been in a different location each of the three weeks it has graced the Market.  Only one more week to avail yourself of the chance to own this amazing creation!  I wonder where it will be located this Sunday?  Come and see!

Quilt in Background - BEADazzling Designs in Foreground

I caught Jennifer taking a selfie of herself, her daughter Jailynn and Chaan of Angels and Anchors.


Mark Mills of Chocolate and Tomatoes showed off his chocolate bunnies for Easter, and a poster display of the crops he is planting in anticipation of the summer season.  I can’t wait!

Mark, Bunnies, Veggies

And for music, Walls and ‘Vino cast their spell over the Dr. Bird room.

Sitting Room Only

This is the last Sunday of our winter market.  See you there, or see you in May!

Judy Newton

Quilts and Curators on Two Sundays

Yes, this is a catch-up entry - I was delinquent last week and didn’t post about the Market, so here are two weeks in one.

On March 9, the Opportunity Quilt from the Friendship Star Quilt Guild made its first appearance.  This quilt is the major fundraiser for the Guild, and funds their participation in charity projects throughout the year.  If you missed it for the last two weeks, you still have a chance to admire and buy chances to win it through the end of the month!

 Many Blocks Make Up The Whole

Close-Up Detail of Some Blocks

Back View of Wonderfully Elaborate Quilting

It was pieced collectively by many Guild members, and professionally quilted.  In addition to the display of this admirable example of sewing skill, the Guild was represented by Teresa Peterson and Liz Brodsky, who presented a demonstration of wool appliqué technique.

Liz and Teresa Demonstrate

 Music was furnished by one of our favorite musicians, Jeff Burnett.

Jeff Sings

March 16 was a lively day.  In addition to the Market, the Museum hosted the “Extreme Exhibit Makeover” in the Exhibit Hall.  Two teams competed to produce new exhibits  in a limited time.

Exhibit Designers Puzzle Out a Detail

Living Space In Afghanistan Exhibit

Kimball’s Store Exhibit With Tania Katan on the Phone

Curtis Woody was there as well.  He is the Museum Community Artist in Residence, and is creating a collage about historic Sandy Spring.  Part of the piece’s background will refer to the Quaker quilting tradition; the Friendship Star Quilt, on display in the Long Hall, was a nice counterpoint.

 Curtis Woody Works on His Exhibit

Quilt and Vendors in Long Hall

There was also a demonstration of making glass beads by OFAM vendor artist Marti Andress.

Marti Makes Beads

Meanwhile, in the Dr. Bird room, St Patrick’s Day was celebrated with cookies at the Cupcake Lounge, and Chaan of Angels and Anchors showed everyone the sign she had ordered from Pete Carlson, our woodworker, as a gift for her husband.  So much synergy on one day!

Green Cookies


Roger’s Sign, With Chaan and Pete

This Sunday, Salt and Pepper, our favorite demo chef duo, will return.  The demo starts at noon.  See you there!

Judy Newton

A Museum Full of Music

The scheduled chef cancelled at the last minute last Sunday, so I was a little late getting to the Museum.  I was afraid that there would be a big hole in the day because of no chef, but I needn’t have worried -  the Dr. Bird room was full of music!  It was a double surprise, since they weren’t announced in advance (the newsletter just said “TBA”).


 Washington’s Spelmanslag Makes Lively Music

The fiddles, harp, marimba, flute, guitar, and cello players were Washington’s Spelmanslag, according to the flier on the table, “A group of musicians from different music traditions who enjoy playing music together.  We learn our tunes and style from tradition-bearing fiddlers from Sweden.  Today’s music is a fundraising effort to help us pay for the costs of having a fiddler-in-residence come to us from Sweden next October.”

They switched off, from the whole ensemble playing together, to smaller groups.


Eight Out Of Ten

They used their breaks to look around.


Fiddles In The Museum


Fiddle And Flowers

Meanwhile, Jesse showed off some magic tricks he’s learning.  One involves a cell phone.  A whole new generation of tricks!  I remember my uncle making a quarter appear from my ear.  That’s sooo last century!


The Amazing Jesse

I hope we can book the Spelmanslag during the summer.  Then there could be dancing!

 Judy Newton

Succulents at the Market

Oh, look!  A chance to make a pun!  Thank you, Madgie, for giving me this opportunity!

Of course, there is always succulence at the Market, but last week there were succulents as well.  Madgie McGaughan of M&M Plants gave a demo on care and feeding of these dry-adapted plants.  I like to think of them as not-quite-cactuses.  They store water in their leaves, and don’t need a lot of coddling.  Great for those of us with brown thumbs!

Madgie Talks About Succulents

The Audience Listens

We All Got To Take One Home

Succulents Close Up

The music was provided by JB and Deb.  You may recognize Deb Petavino - she’s one-half of Walls and ‘Vino (she’s ‘Vino), who have played at the Market recently.  The other guy is Jerry Burke.

JB and Deb

Several vendors chose to be outside in the sunny but chilly weather.

Outside From The Inside


Outside From The Outside

Jennifer of Cupcakes Lounge has been expanding her stock, branching out into cheesecake, macaroons,  loaf cakes, and other yummy treats.  Don’t panic - she still has cupcakes.

Lots Of New Things At Cupcake Lounge

And M&M Plants expanded their stock as well.  I have distributed some of these little packages around my yard.  All we need now is Spring!

Let The Aphids Beware!

Judy Newton

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