Monday, February 26, 2018

Who Says We Aren't Busy in February?!

It may still be winter, but there is still a lot going on with the market!  We are keeping busy with the quest for a new logo, and our producers are gearing up for the season ahead.

LAST CALL for logo designs!

The deadline for our logo design contest is Thursday, March 1st.  Please help us update our look by submitting your original design.  There is a $200 prize for the winning entry.  Please see the official contest rules and fill out an entry form on our contest page.

IUP has partnered with some of our vendors to bring markets to campus during our off-season.  All indoor markets are held in the HUB Food Court across from the Co-op Store.  The next market is this Saturday from 11-1, and there are several more dates already set between now and the end of April.

Stay Warm!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Logo Design Contest

Calling all artists and graphic designers! 

We need a new logo, and we want YOU to create it for us!  Help us to freshen up our look and represent all that the Market has to offer.

We love our food local, and we want our logo to be local, too!

The contest is open to anyone ages 18 and up, and the deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Of course, in addition to bragging rights there is a $200 prize for the winning entry!

Visit our contest page for more information, including official contest rules and and entry form.

Thanks in advance for sharing your creative talents with us!

See you at the market

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Last Market of the Season!

The FINAL market of 2017 is this Saturday!!  

Don't miss your last chance to shop fresh, local produce and so much more!  We've had a great season and are hoping to end it on a high note, so bring the family by to shop, chat with our vendors, and visit with your neighbors!

I am also happy to announce that a few of our vendors - Fat Radish, Mahoning Creek, and Lone Oak farms - will be joining together for an indoor market in the HUB at IUP!  You can shop that day or pick up pre-ordered items.  Spring dates are also anticipated.  Other vendors may join in, as well, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and blog for updates.

Several of our vendors offer weekly boxes or drop points in Indiana during the off-season.  Be sure to talk to your favorite vendors or find them online to learn more about the details for each individual business.

Though the market season may be ending, we still have updates, news, and other information to share throughout the off-season. 

If you'd like to get the most up-to-date information on these dates and locations, be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our e-newsletter by e-mailing

See you at the market - one last time!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2 More Saturdays!

2 more markets to go!

Last Saturday, we were thrilled to have such beautiful weather!  We hope this weekend will bring more of the same.

There is still so much to see and buy, even as we approach the end.  We also now accept credit, debit, and EBT cards at the market booth.

While some of our vendors have wrapped up for the season, there are many still selling - with lots of fresh, delicious, and beautiful produce and other items.  The vendors you may find at the market for the remainder of the season are:
In other exciting news, some of our vendors will be working to provide drop points in Indiana during the off-season.  

If you'd like to get the most up-to-date information on these dates and locations, be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our e-newsletter by e-mailing  

See you at the market!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

3 More Markets in 2017!

You still have 3 more chances to shop the Farmers' Market!

While Homecoming is always a slow day for us, there were still a couple big highlights from last Saturday.

First, Mahoning Creek Farm grilled up samples of their delicious, locally-raised hot dogs.  If you haven't tried them, you're really missing out - They're not your average hot dogs!

Also, as of last week, raw milk from Lone Oak Farm is now available at the market!

The end of the season may be approaching, but this is just some of what you can still find on Saturday morning...

  • Beets
  • Apples
  • Kohlrabi
  • Eggplant
  • Radishes
  • Winter squash - acorn, butternut, spaghetti, etc.
  • Carrots
  • Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other baked treats
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Garlic
  • Greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Herbs
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Lip balm
  • Onions
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • ...and more!!

On average, we still have a dozen vendors selling on Saturday mornings.

Remember, we are now accepting credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT cards at the Market Booth every Saturday!

See you at the market!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Week of October 4 & 7

This is a week of big thanks!  We love our community and all that you do to help make  our market great! 

First, thank you so much to all who came out and supported our Harvest for the Hungry event last Saturday.  Despite a chilly, cloudy morning, we collected over 60 pounds of fresh, local produce for the Zion Lutheran Food Pantry.  These donations were greatly appreciated and will be distributed to local families and individuals in need.

I'd also like to express our gratitude for all of the community groups and individuals who have filled our special tents this season.  As things begin to wind down for the year, we will no longer have special activities in these tents.  However, they add so much to the market.  This year, we were fortunate to have 9 local artisans, 12 community groups, 8 kids' booths, 2 chef demonstrations, and 5 local musicians at our market!  Thank you so much to all who shared their time and talents with us!

Please note that tomorrow, October 4th, is our FINAL Wednesday market of the season.  Be sure to stop by Wayne Avenue one more time tomorrow afternoon between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.

Now...just because we're reflecting on the season does not mean it is over yet - you still have 4 Saturdays left to shop your favorite local goodies - think warm, gooey cinnamon rolls, crisp apples, festive pumpkins, fresh-baked bread, and much, much more!

Remember, we are now accepting credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT cards at the Market Booth every Saturday!

See you at the market!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Harvest for the Hungry is Saturday!

Happy Fall everyone!  As the weather cools (maybe?), colors turn, and the season continues on, there is still plenty to enjoy at the market.  While it may be sad to say goodbye to the warmth, and fresh bounty of summertime, autumn brings crisp air and many other market favorites to enjoy.  Think apples, winter squash, pumpkins, and much more on the way.  And who doesn't love a freshly baked loaf of bread or a gooey cinnamon roll on a cool day?

We still have TWO Wednesday markets remaining (correction from last week).  Our final Wednesday market of the year is October 4th.  Our Saturday markets will continue through the month of October.

As mentioned in one of our previous posts, September is recognized as Hunger Action Month.  Started by Feeding America, this is a month where people all over America stand together to fight hunger.  It is a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis, and dedicate ourselves to a solution.

Earlier this month, we partnered with the Center for Community Growth to introduce our new Market Card Swipe Booth, where customers can use SNAP/EBT cards, in addition to credit and debit cards, to shop the market.  For the remainder of the season we will also offer a Foodbucks incentive for SNAP shoppers, essentially doubling your money (up to $5 per customer).  We hope this new program will help make fresh, local foods available to even more individuals and families in our community.

This weekend, we hold our Harvest for the Hungry event.

At the Saturday market, you can purchase additional produce or other food items to donate at the Market Booth.  All donations will be delivered to the Food Pantry at Zion Lutheran Church following the market.

Items that are particularly helpful to the Food Pantry are foods that will store well, including apples, potatoes, winter squash, root vegetables, onions, cabbage, kale, and collard greens.  However, all donations are welcome and appreciated!

In addition to helping fight hunger right here in our local community, you can enjoy a full lineup of special tents, including...

Food samples by IUP Dietetics Interns, in partnership with IRMC's Institute for Healthy Living.  Planned recipes include pumpkin parfait and corn & vegetable chowder - Yum!

Information about SNAP benefits, as well as nutrition tips and recipes, from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Kids activities with students from IUP's Family and Consumer Science Education program.

Live music by Dan Stonerook, playing a unique blend of classic rock, country, and Americana - a market favorite!

We hope you will bring the whole family for what is sure to be an amazing morning to have fun and give back to our neighbors in need!

See you at the market!

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