This week’s blog post is from guest blogger Jessica Band.  Jessica Band is the Social Media Director at Central Farm Markets.  For more information about Central Farm Markets, please visit their website.

What’s going on at the markets this summer?

So much!  Our market schedule is packed with musicians, wine tastings, chef demo’s, special craft vendors, plant clinics, and of course, lots of great food! Our farm market vendors bring the freshest produce, dairy, meat, seafood, and baked foods from local farms to the DC Metro area.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with extendYoga to host those great FREE outdoor yoga sessions.  Our last session in early June had a great turnout despite the weather!  There are two more classes this month – July 13 and July 27 at Pike Central Farm Market.

market yoga arlet

We also have some great special programs that are going on now, and events that are coming up later in the summer.  Here are some of them, to name a few:

1. CompostKIDS Program (going on now through September 1)

A lot of our market patrons participate in the Compost Crew’s food recycling program, and we wanted to extend this wonderful lesson of food recycling and composting to the kids who come to our markets.  Kids who want in on the fun get a compost canister and a punch card.  Each week, CompostKIDS will bring their canisters to the market and empty them into the compost bucket located at the Compost Crew’s table and get their cards punched.  When they get their card punched 10 times, each child will get a gift card for school supplies and a bag of compost for their gardens.  They get treats, t-shirts and other prizes throughout the program.

Compost kidscompostkidsshirts

2. Cook’s Corner

Almost every Saturday, Chef Lynn Foster is cooking up something delicious.  Cook’s Corner started this year and is only at our Pike Central Farm Market.  Each week, Chef Lynn does food demos or cooking classes that feature seasonal market ingredients from our vendors.  Stay tuned for more classes so you can sign up before they fill up!  Proceeds go to Manna Foods.

Cook's Corner class

3. Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest

Our annual pie contest will take place on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend (September 1) at Bethesda Central Farm Market.  Kids and adults can submit their best pies and bring them to the market on September 1st.  We have some fabulous celebrity judges from the food industry in the DC area that will select the best pies.  After prizes are awarded, everyone can taste their favorite pie…FREE! Proceeds go to Manna Foods.  Registration opens on July 17!

pie contest

We hope to see you soon!

what’s going on at Central Farm Markets?

what’s going on at Central Farm Markets?

Tuesday, September 5, 2012

That’s right.  Yoga and Local, FRESH food.

On Sat, September 15th, extendYoga‘s pairing up with the Central Farm Markets, Rockville Pike location and offering two COMPLIMENTARY yoga classes.

 The sessions will take place on the grassy area in the middle of the market.  The first class is from 10:30am – 11:15am (adult class), and the second class is family friendly and offered from 11:30-12:15pm.  We’ll have around 10-15 mats available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own mat if you can.

For more information, please check out this link: Central Farm Markets Free Yoga Classes – Rockville

The Farmers Market is located at 11806 Rockville Pike, between Old Georgetown and Montrose Roads in Rockville (Mid Pike Plaza: La Madeline, Toys R Us, Chipotle Shopping Center).

The market is open from 9am-2pm on Saturdays, so feel free to come early to get your shopping done before class!

Excited to check out Central Farm Market but overwhelmed at the thought of so many great choices?  lululemon posted 9 tips for shopping a farmers’ market.

We hope you’re loving this as much as we are!

Enjoy and see you on the mat!

FREE YOGA at the Central Farm Markets in Rockville

FREE YOGA at the Central Farm Markets in Rockville

Summer has finally arrived!  And based on the weather we had last week— it’s looking like it’s going to be a scorcher here in the MD/DC/VA area.

I had my first trip to our neighborhood pool the other day.  It was so refreshing taking a dip every few minutes after frying in the sun (make sure to always lather up with your SPF)!

If you are like me, yoga is always on your mind.  As I read this month’s addition of Yoga Journal in my pool chair, I couldn’t help but think… how can I incorporate yoga into my adult swim?

When I headed back to extendYoga, I googled ‘yoga at the pool.’  Low and behold, of course you can do yoga at the pool!  You can virtually practice yoga anywhere… duh!

Women’s Health Magazine wrote a short article  called Yoga Water Workout; with pictures too:


standing head to knee pose

triangle pose

By practicing in the warm water at the pool, you can work deeper into poses and hold them longer without getting too tired (since your muscles will be relaxed and the water will support your weight).

Since water yoga is low impact and gentle on the muscles, it’s also great for the elderly, pregnant and anyone with injuries.  Check out these additional water yoga exercises on LIVESTRONG.COM.

Remember when you used to do handstands in the pool when you were young?  And we all floated on our backs (aka: savasana).  Turns out, I was doing water yoga before I even knew what yoga was!

So next time you need a break from the sun, jump in the pool and get your yoga on.  I can’t wait to try some moves the next time I’m poolin’ it this summer.

I wonder how this could work in the ocean???…

See you on the mat (and at the pool)!

yoga for pool lovers

yoga for pool lovers

Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of being in one of my dearest friends weddings.   It was an amazing 4 day destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado with no detail left unplanned.  Being a crazy planner myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary that included activites such as bonfires (complete with s’mores), spa time, scavenger hunt and a yoga class.

Friday morning we all awoke after a late night by the bon fire roasting s’mores to get ready for our 9am yoga class.  Laura is a yoga instructor AND bridesmaid and she happily agreed to lead us all in a yoga class on the morning of the wedding.
We walked around the morning of the class and picked out our yoga class location complete with views of the Rockies – it was an ideal spot in the sun and the views were stunning.   The resort had lots of mats and blankets in their fitness room and were happy to let us borrow them for our class.

The class lasted 45 minutes and was a gentle vinyasa, it was perfect for the mix of students we had in the class.  We started off our morning with setting an intention for our practice that day, the wedding day and also to the bride and groom’s marriage – the happy tears pretty much started at this point and continued throughout the class.  I included the Wedding Day playlist that Laura made below:

  1. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  2. Forever – Ben Harper
  3. All You Need is Love – The Beatles
  4. You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  5. You and Me – Dave Matthews Band
  6. Your Song – Elton John
  7. Make you Feel My Love – Adele
  8. Marry Me – Train
  9. Wild Horses – covered by The Sundays
I’ll always treasure the memory of being with my closest friends (including the bride!) in our peaceful morning session in the mountains and think its a great addition to any wedding day.

At extendYoga we’ll have tons of options to make yoga a reality on your wedding day…you and your friends can come take a private class (on your wedding day or any other day), you’ll also have the option of having one of our talented instructors coming to your venue/hotel/home to lead you in a private class without having to worry about getting to the studio.  Check out for more information or to get in touch with us.


namaste on your wedding day

namaste on your wedding day