The Urbana Library Farmers Market returns in May with new local vendors.

Kip Kelley, who runs the market, says gourmet cupcakes, pasta and a local brewery will join the offerings this year.

The market will open for the season May 3 and will be at the library parking lot every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through early fall.

Milkhouse Brewery, at Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy, will bring its beverages to the market once a month.

“We’re excited about it,” Kelley said. The market has had wine before, but the vendor could only visit a few times a year, he said.

This is the sixth year the farmers market will sell produce, baked goods and other food at the library. The market was located at the Landon House in Urbana before it moved to the library’s west parking lot.

Few people know about the market because there is no space for a permanent sign, he said, but they have seen more visitors in recent years.

“We get more people all the time,” he said.

Kelley also runs Full Cellar Farm in Jefferson.

Fox Haven Farm to host pie workshop in Jefferson

For those looking to perfect their pie-making skills, a workshop focusing on everything from the best tart doughs — pate brisee and sucre — to top chef rolling techniques will be held at the Chestnut House on the Fox Haven Farm in Jefferson on May 9.

The workshop costs $58 and will last from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the farm, 3630 Poffenberger Road, but those interested in attending are asked to register before May 1 by calling the farm at 240-446-5484 or emailing the event organizer, Jo Ann Coates Hunter, at joann@ foxhavenfarm.org.

The cost of the workshop includes several take-home materials, which include dough recipes and step-by-step instructions for three types of fruit pies with pictures and visual aids.

All about alpacas at Sugarloaf Alpaca Farm

It’s spring, and at the Sugarloaf Alpaca Farm, that can only mean one thing: May 2 and May 3 will mark the annual alpaca haircut, said co-owner Kevin Brandt.

“Alpacas are shorn just once a year, so it’s kind of a big deal,” Brandt said. “The alpacas are kind of a mixed emotion as to whether they think it’s fun, but we think it’s a blast.”

The shearing has been open to the public at the farm for the last five or so years, Brandt said, adding that the herd of camelids never fails to draw a crowd to the farm at 1347 Buckeystown Pike in Adamstowm.

The shearing is so popular that many onlookers will stay from when the gates open at 10 a.m. until closing around 4 p.m., prompting the farm to reach out to secure treat vendors to cater to their guests.

Rita’s Ice will set up at the farm May 2 and cupcakes will be for sale May 3, Brandt said.

Aside from the refreshments, the shearing festival, complete with tours of the farm’s mill and other highlights, is free, Brandt said.

“People bring out their kids and the kids just love it,” he said. “The adults love it, too. So it’s a real family-type event.”

Follow Sylvia Carignan on Twitter: @SylviaCarignan.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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