Occoquan Farmer’s Market 2013 Powered by the OTC

May 9, 2013

The signs on Route 123 and at Old Bridge Road say it all: The Occoquan Farmer’s Market will return again in 2013. However, this year there is a story behind the sign. During Winter, the traditional sponsor/organizer (the Occoquan Merchants Association) disbanded. As a result, there was a very real possibility that the market would fold.

Good news: the Occoquan Farmer’s Market will live on! Mayor Earnie Porta has assumed control of the market through the newly-formed Occoquan Transportation Company (OTC). Market hours and location will remain the same as in the past — with a twist: an advance order and delivery service.

According to the OTC website:

“Local residents register in advance by completing the form located on the Occoquan Farmers Market website.  On the Friday before each market, registrants will receive an email notification indicating the items available for delivery and their price.  They may then place orders for delivery via email no later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Notification and orders are placed exclusively via the internet, so participants must have access to an internet connection and an active email account.  On Saturday morning, OFMM will fill the orders and deliver them.  Participants need not be home to accept delivery, but are required to have designated a location suitably covered from the elements where the order may be left.  An invoice will be left with the order, and participants must remit payment no later than the following Wednesday either by check, credit card, or PayPal.  The invoice will show a surcharge for payments by credit card or PayPal.”

The Occoquan Farmer’s Market, located in the Mill Street parking lot adjacent to the Route 123 bridge, features locally grown produce. It is open for business on Saturday mornings from April 27 through October 26 (excluding Craft Show weekends). Typically, the spectrum of goods include: crabcakes, baked goods, produce, pork, indian spices, pies,  crepes and more!

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