Although the Olney Farmers and Artists Market is closing for the regular season, a new partnership with the Sandy Spring Museum will allow for a new Winter Market.
“This is very exciting news, because there aren’t many winter markets around,” said Janet Terry, market president and founder. “This allows us to support the museum, which we love, and also our small vendors by giving them a year-round outlet.”
The sixth regular season of the market concludes this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MedStar Montgomery Thrift Shop grounds, located at Prince Phillip Drive and Olney-Sandy Spring Road.
Terry called the season “another smashing success.”
“It has been fabulous,” she said. “We had more customers, more and higher-quality vendors then ever before.”
The market will return on Dec. 2 to the Thrift Shop grounds for a special one-day only holiday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We will offer a taste of all the December holidays,” Terry said. “We expect a visit from Santa and will be roasting s’mores on fire pits. We will also have Christmas caroling, potato pancakes and specialty ethnic dishes from our vendors.”
Terry expects dozens of vendors, including some for the first time, offering many unique gift ideas.
Beginning Jan. 6, the Winter Market will take place each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum.
The idea arose out of a conversation between Olney Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jon Hulsizer and museum Executive Director Allison Weiss.
“The museum gets little traffic on Sundays, so we are always thinking of ways to bring people into the building,” Weiss said. “This will allow other people who don’t normally visit the museum to walk through and learn about our great facility.”
Eight vendors have already approached Terry wanting to participate. So far, there will be vendors selling meat, poultry, eggs, honey, baked goods, chocolate, plants and crafts.
“While it won’t be 50 or 60 vendors like at our outdoor market, there will be a nice variety, and I think the setting will be very special,” she said. “There will be live music and café seating, so customers can sit and enjoy coffee and pastries with their families and friends, and customers can also peruse the museum exhibits on display.”
Plans are to have approximately 14 vendors inside the museum, and additional vendors outside, weather permitting.
Terry said the market will return to the Thrift Shop grounds for its seventh season on Mother’s Day 2013.
For more information or market events, go to olneyfarmersmarket.org.