Friends of Samara

Center for the Healing Arts – The practitioners of The Center for Healing Arts are dedicated to the growth and healing process within the individual, and share the common understanding that a person’s health comes from the unity of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual

Physical Balance – David Hanyok, LMT, offers advanced massage at his practice in the areas of Neuromuscular, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Pregnancy and Geriatric massages.

Paul Pitchford – Having studied and apprenticed with masters of pre-Revolutionary* Traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, and Tai Ji and Chan (Zen) meditation,  Paul has been teaching nutrition in the context of foundational healing for 38 years. This approach prioritizes three basic integrative steps in a person’s pathway to enduring health: a) awareness practices, b) mindful movement including yoga, Tai Ji and Qi Gong, and c) nutrition based on regional, unrefined (whole) foods. He formerly served as director of Asian Healing Arts and Nutrition at Heartwood Institute. He currently receives invitations to teach worldwide and has given seminars at colleges (including Harvard), schools of acupuncture, nutrition and various healing arts, and on major radio shows.

Paul is available for phone consultations. The consult involves filling out an extensive health history, forwarding him a current photograph and a 60 to 70 minute phone conversation. His current fee is $150 for this consult. I highly recommend it but only if you are motivated and committed to changing your relationship with food. He can be reached at    For more information about Paul check out his web site at

Eclecticity – 13 John Street  Westminster, MD.   Shawn Lockhart’s objective is to promote the arts in the community by providing exhibition and performance space for visual, literary, and musical work of local and regional artists.  Consignment sale opportunities will be offered for art and fine crafts, books of local interest and by Maryland authors, and music cds by regional musicians.  An intimate performance space for literary and music events is available.  Eclecticity will also offer for sale used books and cds and will hopefully fill part of the void created by the demise of Locust Books.

Farmers Markets

Mt. Airy Farmers Market: 3 N. Main St., Mt. Airy. Open Wednesdays 4-7 pm beginning May 16

Downtown Westminster Farmers Market, Conway Parking Lot: at Emerald Hill Lane and Railroad Ave., Westminster. Open Saturdays 8 am. until noon beginning May 28-November 19.  A “Producers Only” market of farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams & jellies and plants.  For special events, please go to

Hampstead Farmers Market, Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company: 1341 North Main Street, 410.239.8110

Westminster Antique Mall Farmers Market, 433 Hahn Road, 443.536.3581

Carroll County Farmers Market: Carroll County Ag Center. Open Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm beginning June 16

Sykesville Apple Butter Market: Main St. in Sykesville, next to the train tracks. Open the last Sunday of the month from 10 am to 3 pm beginning June through October

Taneytown Farmers Market: 529 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Open Sundays 8 am to noon beginning July 14

White Rose Farm: Sally Voris, 410.756.9303,,  5009 Teeter Road , Taneytown, MD 21787.  Every Tuesday evening, Antique Mall Farmer’s Market in Westminster from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot of the Antique Mall, at Route 27 and Hahn Road in Westminster.  Every Sunday, Catonsville Sunday Farmer’s Market starting on July 18th through November 21. The market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the 730 Shopping Center Parking lot on Frederick Road behind the Friendly’s Restaurant in Catonsville (about one mile west of the the Baltimore Beltway on Frederick Road.)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Other Local Farm Vendors

De La Tierra Gardens, Jackie Miller, 443.536.3581,
Certified organic farm offering vegetable, herb and flower plants for sale in the spring and variety of produce throughout the summer. Available at the Downtown Westminster Farmers Market.

Groff’s Content Farm, Julie & Bob Bolton, 14930 Bolinger Road, Rocky Ridge MD 21778, 301.447.6148,, Pasture-raised and finished beef, lamb and holiday turkeys; whole chicken and free range eggs.

Lovell Organic Hay and Beef, Jack Lovell, 2915 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge MD 21791, 410.775.7421, Organic beef, frozen, in wholes and halves.

Whitmore Farm, Will Morrow, 10720 Dern Road, Emmitsburg MD 21727, 202.270.4137,
MD organic-certified farm specializing in hertitage breed animals.

Please see for more listings in your area and also for additional farmer’s markets, ag links and harvest dates.


Food for Thought :  A booklet of various articles related to maximizing the life energy available to you from food.

Unhappy Meals : An article by Michael Pollan with regard to the impact of our personal health and food choices.

Bamboozled By The Soy Hype

Big Fat Lies: An article about the lies of consuming low fat foods.

Antioxidant Hype