The Market is on a mission to improve the health of our community permanently and also to provide a space for families and friends to spend quality time together. We provide space to community non-profits each year, including the Olney Theatre Center, the Sandy Spring Museum, Olney Home for Life, the Washington Area Rescue League and the Olney Boys and Girls Club. We also provide tents for local Scout troops and the Rotary Club.
See below for board members, steering committee, and advisors.
Scroll down to bottom of page for details regarding volunteering (including info for students wanting SSL hours).
The dedicated committee members of The Olney Farmers and Artists Market are:
Karen and Harry Montgomery
The Olney Farmers and Artists Market is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit.. Our Music tent is provided free of charge as a way to help struggling musicians looking for an outlet in our community. We also encourage students to test their talents at the Market. We provide the sound system and set-up. All they have to do is show up and play. Tables and chairs are provided for customers who want to relax at the Market and listen to the music, enjoy food purchased from our vendors, and watch our chef demonstrations. In addition, we set up umbrellas on the hottest days of summer for our customers to provide some relief from the sun, especially for those customers without air conditioning in their homes. Cooling tents and sprinklers are also provided by the Market. Students can get SSL hours each Sunday. They gain leadership and customer service skills by working in our Children's tent and our Information tent.
Manna Food Center
Sandy Spring Museum
Medstar Montgomery Hospital
Olney Theatre Center
We have a special partnership with Manna Food Center, the local food bank. Their volunteers assist in collecting tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce that are sent directly to the food bank for distribution to hungry citizens.
We are also community partners with GrowingSoul (Sustainable Opportunities for Universal Learning), which is is dedicated to educating the public about the vital role of human interdependence and reciprocity in developing and promoting a ZERO WASTE sustainable food system.
Other partnerships developed over the years have been with: Medstar Montgomery General hospital – assisting the hospital nutritionists to secure fresh produce for patients, instead of highly processed foods; and Sandy Spring Museum – working with the Museum to develop a variety of educational programs and activities for children.
Interested in Volunteering?
Join our volunteers, and meet new people; make new friends; have fun; enjoy the atmosphere and know that you are helping to make the Olney Farmers and Artists Market the very best in the state.
We need volunteers to help set up tents, signs and tables in the early morning. We need help at our Info booth selling specialty pickles and peanuts and giving information to customers; help in the Children's tent and assistance in the Chef's tent. We also need help taking down the tents and tables at the end of the market.
For more information, please contact OFAM directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hours are flexible. Set up starts at 7:30am.
You'll receive your SSL form when you're ready to leave.