Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Week of July 11 & 14

Kids' Day on Saturday was so much fun!  Thank you to all who participated - community groups who provided free activities, vendors who joined in on the fun, and all of our amazing customers made for a lively morning...and the sunshine didn't hurt, either!

The market booth hosted the "Great Veggie Hunt", as children searched for a different vegetable in every vendor's booth.  We also offered a challenging game matching whole grains to their ground versions, courtesy of Leap's Farm.


The musical stylings of Dan Stonerook were the perfect soundtrack for a beautiful market day. 
The Children's Advisory Commission of Indiana County taught us how long it really takes to grow a pizza and provided a fun farm-themed photo op, bookmarks, and stamping for the kiddos.
SQUAD Jr. led a fun art and science experience where little artists could create pigments and pictures using fresh flowers - provided by our vendors!

Debby LeeAnn Johnson Bennett, a local consultant for Usborne Books & More, had a great selection of books for storytimes throughout the morning. 
The Girl Scouts of Western PA had fun, handmade dragonflies and airplanes to decorate with markers, jewels, and more.  They also shared information about the Girl Scouts' day camp at Blue Spruce Park and how to get involved with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts here in Indiana. 
Finally, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was on hand with information about SNAP benefits, recipes, and a fun food group matching game!


In produce-related news, garlic is arriving, and we are seeing lots more summer fruits and veggies come into season, including blueberries, black raspberries, cucumbers, and sweet corn!  Come and pick up your favorites!

This Saturday, we welcome back Country Blue, an acoustic duo playing a mix of country and bluegrass music. 


See you at the market!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Kids' Day!


We hope you are enjoying the 4th of July holiday this week.  What a great time to celebrate our great nation while enjoying the company of family and friends, summer fun, and of course some delicious local foods!

The fun doesn't stop after the 4th - join us Saturday for a morning of fun, FREE activities at our annual Kids' Day event!  



Planned activities and special booths include:
Remember to stop by our market information booth, too!  Kids can pick up a scavenger hunt sheet and search for different veggies in each vendor booth as you shop.  We'll also have activity sheets and a fun game with locally-milled grains!

Of course, we'll still be swiping credit, debit, and EBT cards for tokens to spend with participating vendors.  



See you at the market!

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The Children's Advisory Commission of Indiana County (CAC) examines the needs of families and children in Indiana County and attempts to meet those needs through collaborative human service programs, family friendly events, and information sharing to the general public.

SQUAD Jr. is a collaboration between IUP Art Education and The Artist's Hand that focuses on process art experiences for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The mission of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Week of June 27 & 30

Last week, we were excited to have our first cooking demonstration and samples of the season! 

Thanks to IRMC's Food and Nutrition Department, who provided samples and recipes for two fresh salsas, using ingredients you can find at the market. 

On Saturday, we welcomed WIC, as well as the Power Up Nutrition Program, who provided another recipe for dilly dip that is delicious with many of your favorite fresh market veggies! 


This week, we continue the trend at our Wednesday market. 

WIC staff will be on hand to assist clients in receiving and redeeming vouchers for the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which are accepted by many of our vendors.

They share the space with the Power Up Nutrition Education Program.  Power-up provides no-cost nutrition education, recipes, and food demonstrations and tastings to highlight local produce.

Remember, even though we do not accept credit, debit, and EBT cards on Wednesdays, you can still spend market tokens at participating vendors if you have them!


Save the Date
Our annual Kids' Day event will be Saturday, July 7th.  Mark your calendars and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information!

Planned booths include:

* Art with SQUAD Jr.
* Crafts with the Girl Scouts
* Games and photo booth with the Children's Advisory Commission
* Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
* Live music by Dan Stonerook


See you at the market!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Week of June 20 & 23

The market is in full swing.  If you haven't made it out yet this season, what are you waiting for?!?!  Spring produce is at it's peak and more summer fruits and veggies are coming into season each week. 

Not to mention an assortment of locally-raised meats, eggs, baked goods, flour, raw and pasteurized milk, canned and fermented foods, honey, maple syrup, hot coffee, and bath and beauty products!

Last week, we had a gorgeous Saturday and enjoyed the musical stylings of Joe Dinwiddie on the banjo and mandolin.  He was a big hit with shoppers and vendors alike!  We also learned about efforts at transparent, impartial, and fair redistricting with Fair Districts PA


Wednesday
This week, we bring a little extra excitement to our Wednesday market, including our first cooking demonstration of the season!  Chefs from IRMC's Food and Nutrition Department will be on hand chopping up fresh salsa, using ingredients that can be purchased at the market!  Be sure to stop by for a sample.

We also welcome the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  They will provide information on SNAP, as well as tasty (and nutritious) recipes.

Saturday
Saturday, you can find double the action in our community booth.  WIC staff will be on hand to assist clients in receiving and redeeming vouchers for the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which are accepted by many of our vendors. 

They share the space with the Power Up Nutrition Education Program.  Power-up provides no-cost nutrition education, recipes, and food demonstrations and tastings to highlight local produce.

As always, you can swipe your credit, debit, or EBT card for market tokens in the market information booth.  Vendors who accept tokens will have a sign posted in their booths.


Save the Date
Our annual Kids' Day event will be Saturday, July 7th.  Mark your calendars and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information!

Interested in setting up a booth with kids' activities for this event?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com for more information.

See you at the market!

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The mission of IRMC is to improve the health and well-being of our community through the coordinated delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and compassionate care.

The mission of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Week of June 13 & 16

The sun has finally returned (at least for the moment I'm writing this)!  More and more produce items are coming into season, including a big favorite - STRAWBERRIES!!  They won't last long, so get them while you can!

Our Wednesday market is up and running, including a few new vendors.  Stop by and see what's new!

Did you know you can find everything you need for a tasty local breakfast right here at the market?  If you're eating on the go, pick up a freshly-baked rolls or a cinnamon bun, berries, and a hot cup of coffee with flavored creamer.  Or pick up a dozen farm-fresh eggs and some sausage or bacon to cook up later at home.  What a great way to start the day!


This week we will have more live music, this time by Joe Dinwiddie on the banjo and mandolin

We also host Fair Districts PA in the community booth.  Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, citizen-led, statewide coalition working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair.

As always, you can swipe your credit, debit, or EBT card for market tokens in the market information booth.  Vendors who accept tokens will have a sign posted in their booths.


See you at the market!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Week of June 9

Huge thanks to everyone who came out for opening day!  We were lucky to have nice weather, a full lot of vendors, live music, artists, and a great turn-out of customers...and we're only getting started!

We were thrilled to have 16 local farmers and producers selling in our very first week of the season!  There will be more to come, as well as greater variety and quantity of produce, as the summer goes on.

We also enjoyed live music by Country Blue and artistic creations by Ruth Barkey and Color to Dye For.


This week, we once again put the spotlight on our new

Card Swipe Booth

Saturday shoppers can now use credit, debit, and EBT cards to shop the market!!  How?  I'm glad you asked...

SNAP Customers
  1. Stop by the card swipe booth and swipe your card for the amount of your choosing
  2. Receive tokens in $0.50 increments for the amount you requested
  3. Receive Foodbucks equal to the amount you got in tokens - DOUBLING your market dollars!
  4. Shop at participating vendors and enjoy the freshest local produce around!
Notes:  SNAP customers may not receive change from vendors when using tokens.  SNAP tokens may only be used to purchase food items that fit requirements of the SNAP program (i.e. fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, vegetable plant starts, etc.)

Credit/Debit Customers
  1. Stop by the card swipe booth and swipe  your card for the amount of your choosing
  2. Receive tokens in $1.00 increments for the amount you requested
  3. Shop at participating vendors
Notes:  Credit/debit transactions carry a small transaction fee, listed at the booth.  Credit/debit customers do receive change back from vendors as needed when using tokens.

Participating vendors (which includes most booths) will post a sign stating that they accept tokens.  Tokens do not expire, so if you have some left, you can spend them next week (or any week after that)!


What are Foodbucks?
Foodbucks are an incentive for SNAP customers to shop the market.  For each dollar in tokens you receive from swiping your EBT card, you receive an additional dollar in Foodbucks.  We hope this program will draw more SNAP shoppers to the market and increase their buying power, helping to make fresh, local foods more accessible to everyone.

Thank you to the Center for Community Growth for sponsoring our Foodbucks program!  
The Center actively engages people of diverse philosophies, faiths, and backgrounds to work together to form a more equitable and sustainable community.

We Need You!
The market and our card swipe booth are run entirely by volunteers.  
Can you commit one Saturday morning per month to staff our booth?  The equipment is simple to use, and training is provided.  If you are interested in helping out with the card swipe booth or any other aspect of the market, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com


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See you at the Market!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Opening Day 2018!


Market season is nearly here!!

We kick off another great year of locally produced foods and much more beginning this Saturday, June 2!

In addition to many of your old favorites, we are welcoming new vendors to the market.  Visit our "About the Farmers" page for a current list of vendors.  Expected booths for opening day include:




  • Cultures (NEW - fermented foods and handmade chocolate truffles) 
  • Huber's 3 Ponds Farm
  • Fat Radish Farm
  • Laughlin's Garden
  • Leap's Farm (NEW - locally ground flours)
  • Li'l Luxurious (NEW - handmade bath and beauty products)
  • Lone Oak Farm
  • Longview Farm & Apiary
  • Mahoning Creek Farm
  • Mother Earth Farm
  • Natalie's Goodies 
  • Nature Works Farm
  • Shine Natural Beauty
  • Uncle Henry's Garden
  • Yarnick's Farm
Look for a variety of fresh, local items, including asparagus, rhubarb, peas, greens like lettuce and kale, root veggies such as radishes and beets, and herbs.  Round out your shopping trip with baked goods, honey, eggs, meats, and handmade bath and beauty products!

Wondering when  your favorite fruits and veggies will be in season?  You can find a chart of popular PA vegetables here.

We also have some special booths scheduled:
  • Music:  The local acoustic duo Country Blue will provide live music.  This is their first time playing the market, so be sure to stop in and listen to some country and bluegrass tunes.
  • Artisan:  Color to Dye For returns with handmade jewelry, tie dye, and seasonal pillows. 
  • Artisan:  Ruth Barkey will bring her unique collection of clay sculptures for all ages.  

Remember, we now accept credit, debit, and EBT at our market information booth.  Here is what you need to know about using cards at the market:
  • Cards will be accepted at Saturday morning markets ONLY.
  • Participating vendors will post a sign in their booths stating that they accept market tokens.
  • When you arrive, visit the Market Information booth.  A volunteer will swipe your card and give you tokens.  
  • You can choose how much market money you want.  Credit/debit tokens are $1 each; SNAP tokens are $0.50 each.  
  • Credit/debit transactions include a small transaction fee to help us cover the cost of this service.  There are no fees for SNAP transactions
  • Spend your tokens like cash with participating vendors.  Note: Change cannot be given for purchases made with SNAP tokens.
  • Tokens do not expire.  If you do not spend your market money, you can use it next week, next month, or even next season!
While we hope that many shoppers will take advantage of this system, please remember that cash (especially in small bills) is still the preferred payment method for many of our market vendors!

Thank you to the Center for Community Growth for sponsoring Foodbucks once again this year.  This program allows SNAP customers to double their market dollars, increasing access to fresh foods and bringing additional revenue to our local farmers and producers!

Please remember that, while we at the Farmers' Market are very fond of pets of all kinds, due to PA Department of Agriculture regulations, no pets are permitted at the market.  If you do bring a pet, please tie them up outside the market area.

Finally, get the most up to date information on our Facebook page, and help us spread the word by sharing our Opening Day event.

See you at the market!