A Farmers Market for Winter opens in Sandy Spring

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You won’t find tomatoes or peaches, but there are plenty of other items available at the new Winter Market in Sandy Spring.  The year, the Olney Farmers and Artists Market has extended the season by moving east a few miles, finding shelter at the Sandy Spring Museum on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Last weekend I found nearly two dozen vendors selling a variety of produce (mostly squash, greens, carrots, radishes, apples), meat (chicken, beef, lamb), food (tea, sheep cheese, cupcakes, jams, Vietnamese food), plants,  handcrafted goods (soap, jewelry, quilted table runners, pet tags), and firewood.  It was good weather and many vendors were spread outside but during inclement weather, there’s plenty of room inside the museum (plus there are restrooms!).   And at noon, there’s typically a cooking demonstration by a local chef (last Sunday it was the former chef of the White House).

The winter market is every Sunday through April 29, when it shifts to its usual summer location in Olney.  If you’re not familiar with quaint historic Sandy Spring, go east from Olney past the Olney Theater Center and continue on Route 108 until you encounter a tighter cluster of housing and a small commercial district that includes an Urban BBQ (a branch of the Rockville restaurant).  The museum is on the left just past the gas station–if you pass Sherwood High School, you’ve gone too far.  Free parking is available on site.

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