Centreville Farmers Market donates to food bank
Free yoga session offered Saturday
CENTREVILLE — The nation’s 8,500 farmers markets celebrated National Farmers Market Week with events and proclamations honoring the role markets play in their communities. At the Centreville Farmers Market, Commerce Street and Lawyers Row, the farmers and vendors spent their celebration giving back to a local food pantry.
In addition, the Market finalized plans to host a free monthly one-hour yoga session on the Queen Anne’s County Courthouse Square, which will begin Aug. 27 and continue again on Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. Yoga sessions will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be facilitated by Phyllis Johnston, M. Ed., E-R.Y.T., owner/director of Teacher Training and yoga instructors at Every Body Yoga, a registered yoga school. Participants should bring a towel or yoga mat as the class will take place on the lawn. Supporting the
community The idea to donate to a food pantry originated from one of the market’s farmers, Charlene Dilworth, Sand Hill Farm in Greensboro, who said she had seen it work effectively at other markets throughout the state. The rest of the farmers and vendors were eager to support the effort. The first donation was made on the Wednesday of National Farmers Market Week. The donation of produce and food items were distributed by volunteers on the following day at Our Mother of Sorrows/ St. Peter the Apostle Parish Food Pantry, which is managed by the church’s Outreach Ministry.
The farmers and vendors who supported the outreach donation included: Arlene’s Creations of Greensboro, baked goods and sewn items; Carls’ Bakehouse, Worton, artisan bread and cookies; Knopp’s Farm on the Shore, Federalsburg, produce; Sand Hill Farm, Greensboro, produce, herbs, flowers, honey; Victory Farms, Church Hill, jams and herbs; and White Pines Produce, Centreville, produce.
One of 147 farmers markets in Maryland, the Centreville Farmers’ Market is located on Commerce Street and Lawyers Row. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays — especially for commuters traveling home from work — and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market operates through October.
According to a 2015 survey by Maryland Farmers Market Association and the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland farmers markets generated $51 million dollars in total sales, with more than 2.3 million consumers visiting the markets.
Nationally farmers markets have increased in number by more than 600 percent since 2009, with more than 8,500 currently in operation nationwide. In addition to providing access to fresh produce and supporting local farms, farmers markets also function as community gathering points and stimulate local economies. According to MDFMA, per $1 million in revenue earned, growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs, which is 10 more than growers that do not sell locally.
For more information on the Centreville Farmers Market or the free yoga classes, contact Carol D’Agostino, Main Street manager, at 410758-1180, ext. 17, or on the web at mainstreet@ townofcentreville.org. To stay connected throughout the market season, “like” facebook.com/centrevillemarket and facebook.com/centrevillemainstreet.
Farmers and vendors at Centreville Farmers’ Market celebrated National Farmers Market Week by donating to Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Peter the Apostle Parish Food Pantry, Centreville. From left, Bob Baer, White Pines Produce; Elaine Dow, Victory Farms; Valerie Taylor, Sand Hill Farm; Arlene Warner, Arlene’s Creations; Steve Knopp, Knopp’s Farm on the Shore; Ross Camardella, Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Peter the Apostle Parish Outreach Ministry; Jay Ferber and Dennis Marchi, Outreach Ministry; and Carl Schaumann, Carls’ Bakehouse.
Centreville Farmers’ Market will host monthly free yoga classes from 10 to 11 a.m. on the Courthouse lawn on Saturday, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. Inspired by the fitness sampler at June’s Head-To-Toe Health Fair, yoga sessions will be facilitated by Phyllis Johnston, owner of Every Body Yoga. Participants should bring a towel or yoga mat as the class will take place on the lawn.