Centreville Farmers Market opens April 20
CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Farmers Market, Lawyers Row and Commerce Streets, will open its season on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. The market will operate through October 22. Hours are on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., especially for commuters traveling home from work, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This year the farmers market will host two events to draw more shoppers to the market and to the historic downtown.
“Farmers markets have traditionally been community gathering places,” said Carol D’Agostino, Centreville Main Street Manager. “Even for a bedroom community like ours we definitely see an uptick in foot traffic and activity throughout town when our market is operating. This scenario makes events at the market particularly attractive.
“The origin of the Centreville Head To Toe Heath Fair came out of an effort to develop new town events,” added D’Agostino. New events at the market: Queen Anne’s Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 23: This free event is a national YMCA initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. The event will feature games, face painting, a moon bounce and more. For information, call 443-2629994 or go to ymcachesa peake.org/qacy.
Head-To-Toe Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11: This free event will include vendor tables, interactive demonstrations, health screenings, a visit from a bloodmobile, and kids activities focusing on health and fitness. For vendor and sponsor information or to join the event planning group, contact Carol D’Agostino at 410=758-1180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For nurse Angie Price of Centreville, a health fair at the market just made sense. Price is part of the Centreville New Events Planning Group facilitated by Centreville Main Street, which has spun off a smaller group to focus on the health fair.
“I look forward to attending the market each week,” Price said. “I know that there are others like me who purchase from farmers markets for the health aspects of eating locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also people who don’t attend farmers markets, but who are interested in living healthier, making a health fair at the market a nice fit.”
Price will be joined by avid Centreville Farmers Market shopper and resident Donna Bryant and Tara Fencer, allergy technician at Eastern Shore Allergy & Asthma, Centreville. The event will include medical practices, wellness practitioners and businesses, gyms, yoga studios, physical therapists, acupuncture, reiki and mas- sage practitioners and more.
Ribbon cutting and shoppers’ giveaway
The market will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:15 p.m. at the Court House Square, on Commerce Street. The first 175 shoppers will receive an insulated drawstring cinch bag sponsored by 12 local businesses. Giveaway sponsors include BB&T; CNB; Callahan’s Gas & Appliance; The Creamery Café Bistro at 110 N. Commerce St.; Edwards Pharmacy; Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home; Freestate & Son; Queen Anne’s County YMCA; Queenstown Bank; Queen Anne’s County Library; Rosendale Realty; and Whitehill Consulting LLC.
Like last year, shoppers of the 2016 Centreville Farmers Market will enjoy free parking throughout the town between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and six reserved shoppers’ parking spots on Commerce Street and Broadway, as well as courtesy shopping carts.
Market co-manager Arlene Warner is returning with support from David King of King Mushrooms. Joining Warner and King in the governing the market is an advisory group that includes Nancy Covert, Christine Jones, Kimberly Kempel and Sandy Simpson.
New vendors this season include: Arlene’s Creations of Greensboro, baked goods and sewn items; Birdworx By Jerry, Centreville, handcrafted bird- houses; Carls’ Bakehouse, Worton, artisan bread & cookies; Cedar Run Farm, Sudlersville, meat, chicken and eggs; D’Anna Chevron Pinkett, Centreville, baked goods; Eve’s Cheese, Chestertown, cheese; Grandmother’s Soap, Centreville, artisan soap; Knopp’s Farm on the Shore, Federalsburg, produce; Kristy’s Backyard Blooms, Centreville, flowers and plants; Mount Zion Orchard & Winery, Marydel; Purple Lilly Studio, Annapolis, artisan soaps and lotions; Rainbow of Handicrafts, Centreville, handcrafted sewn items; Sand Hill Farm, Greens- boro, produce, herbs, flowers, honey soap, beeswax candles; USA Dog Treats, Stevensville, organic dog treats; Victory Farms, Church Hill, mushrooms, jams and herbs; White Marsh Orchard & Christmas Trees, Centreville, peaches, apples, pears and artwork; White Pines Farm, Centreville, produce; and WoodWhims, Centreville, handcrafted folk art.
Over the past decade U.S. consumers have become more interested in where their food comes from. The emphasis has been on purchasing food as close as possible to where it was grown. This “locavore” trend has been fueling the growth of farmers markets across the nation. As of August 2015, 8,476 farmers markets were listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 2.5 percent increase from 2014. Of those, more than 150 are located in Maryland.
Centreville Farmers Market is accepting farmer and vendor applications. The market is still seeking an additional produce farmer for the Saturday market, an organic farmer, gluten-free bakers, locally made valueadded food items (honey, sauces, etc), and locally roasted coffee vendors. The market is also interested in being a CSA (community supported agriculture) pick up point. Applications are available online at http:// www.townofcentreville.org/ departments/ main- street. asp or at Town Hall.
For more information, contact Warner at 410-841-9269 or D’Agostino at 410-7581180, ext. 17, mainstreet@ townofcentreville.org. To stay connected throughout the market season, “like” facebook. com/ centrevillemarket and facebook.com/ centrevillemainstreet.
Angie Price, left, and Tara Fencer, members of the Centreville Head-To-Toe Health Fair planning group, share ideas for the event at a recent meeting. The health fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 11.