Cen­tre­ville Farm­ers Mar­ket opens April 20

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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 main­street@townof­cen­tre­ville.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.

PHOTO BY CAROL D’AGOSTINO

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.

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