Events & Activities

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Holiday Indoor Farmers Market with Santa at the St. Mary's County Airport

The Christmas tree is decorated, the silver is polished, the menu is set, and it’s time to shop for the food. For the first-time-ever, shoppers will be able to purchase fresh food at the Holiday Indoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday, December 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the St. Mary’s County Airport. And get this, we’re starting a new trend here in St. Mary’s County - it’s a FLY-IN Holiday Farmer’s Market for those with their own aircraft!

This unique Framer’s Market is the first of its kind in the United States and embraces the rural characteristics of Southern Maryland while highlighting the role our region has had in developing our nation’s air and space technologies. To showcase this, Santa will be arriving by aircraft! Yes, Santa will land at the airport and then step inside to see the kids and be available for pictures (bring your camera) starting at 10:00 a.m.

The Holiday Farmer’s Market will include the following vendors:

1.     Battle Creek Beef - Full assortment of all “natural” beef and pork products.

2.    Olga’s Cakes - Home baked cakes and cupcakes made by “Olga” the Cake Creator!

3.    R&H Farms - Pork products from free range heritage pigs. USDA gourmet pork.

4.    Just Loafin’ - Locally baked French and sourdough breads for your holiday dinner.

5.    Swamp Fox - Family owned small farm selling pastured raised chicken, duck & eggs.

6.    Tobacco Barn Distillery - “Grain to Glass” Bourbon, Whiskey and Rums from Maryland’s premier distillery.

7.    Blue Wind Gourmet - Local chocolate, coffees, and farm raised oysters from 38 North.

8.    Free State Cidery - Hard Apple Cider from the highest quality apples harvested in Maryland.

9.    Goose Creek Farm - Farm raised Shiitake mushrooms. Fresh and dried.

10.  Grandpap’s Honey - Assortment of local honey from around the region.

Crabby Corn - Hand popped kettle corns along with fresh greenery for the table.

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Last Market Day of the Season! Customer Appreciation Day and UME Master Gardeners Plant Clinic

Join us for our final market day of the season! Free wagon rides, free face painting, 50% off Sotterley produce, and our friends from the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners of Southern Maryland will be here from 9-11am to present a clinic on plant identification and problems. 

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Scouts Day and Solar Observation at the Farmers Market!

The Scouts are coming to Sotterley! Come and hear from some talented and dedicated Scouts about the community service projects they are currently working on or have completed. Free grounds admission and 50% off Guided Tour price for all Scouts and their families. 

Also - our friends from the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society (SMAS) will be here with their solar observation equipment. Come and check out the daytime sky safely!

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Sotterley Family Farm Day

Join us for a special, day-long market with activities for the whole family! 

The market will open at 8:00am as per normal, but it will stay open until 4:00pm.  The day’s activities will include a live cooking demo with The Cow and The Fish, a beekeeper's presentation, a glass bead demo, tractor demos and pulls, an exhibit and demonstration from the Southern Maryland Antique Power Association, live music, kids’ activities and face painting, food trucks, free Plantation House open house tours, free self-guided tours with access to the exhibits and grounds, vendors, and more.  There will not be an admission fee for this event, but we will gratefully accept donations for our Growing for Good program!  Over the past four years, our Growing for Good program has donated over 30,000 lbs. of produce to our local food banks and food pantries – your donations will help us continue to serve our community!

This family-friendly event will be a great way to kick-off our nation’s upcoming 4th of July week. We look forward to seeing you there!

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