Cen­tre­ville Farm­ers Mar­ket do­nates to food bank

Free yoga ses­sion of­fered Satur­day

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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.

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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