Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Week of August 24 & 27

It's back to school time!!  What better way to send your kids off to learn and play than with a full belly of fresh, nutritious fruits and veggies?  Bring the whole family to the market to pick up your favorite foods, try something new, and enjoy family-friendly activities.

Last week, we enjoyed great conversations with the Center for Community Growth and amazing cooking demonstrations and samples with Portia Diaz of Portia's Bistro.  She used market produce to prepare lamb and beet hash, radish salsa, and a coconut corn porridge and shared coffee and donuts courtesy of Donut Connection!

This week, we welcome the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA to our Communtiy Tent where they will share information about hunger awareness, and the Indiana Free Library will once again occupy the Kids' Tent.

This week, we also shine on the spotlight on a long-time vendor at the market, Peterson Produce.  The Petersons have been farming for about 40 years and sell a wide variety of produce, specializing in greens, potatoes, and beans.  Learn more about them here.

We will be open fair week, regular times and places.

Looking for a new way to use your summer favorites?  This recipe for Sauteed Summer Squash and Tomatoes mixes lots of fresh veggies you can find at the market with a hint of mint for even more refreshing flavor.

First Unitarian Universalist Church is a religious community grounded in love, support and acceptance committed to such goals as inspiring and nourishing the personal spiritual journey and promoting compassionate and responsible thought and action in the world.

The Indiana Free Library offers programs for children of all ages throughout the year, providing a fun environment to teach early literacy skills through books, songs, hand rhymes, and crafts.

See you at the market!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Week of August 17 & 20

Hello!  I, your friendly blogger and newsletter-sender, have been away on vacation, so this week's edition will be short and sweet.

The main idea - come to the market this Saturday!  We have the freshest, most delicious, LOCAL produce around - including tomatoes, peppers, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and your other summer favorites along with baked goods, meats, eggs, flowers, handmade beauty products and more!

Last week we welcomed LOLA's Early Care and Education Center to the Kids' Tent for face painting, and Tyler Gaston joined us once again in the Artisan Tent with his beautiful woodworking.

This week, we are excited to have a chef demo with Portia of Portia's Bistro.  She will be grilling up lots of tasty market produce and focusing on a variety of marinades.  Our Community Tent will be occupied by the Center for Community Growth.

The Center for Community Growth engages people of diverse philosophies, faiths, and backgrounds to work together to form a more equitable and sustainable community.

See you at the market!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Week of August 10 & 13

I can hardly believe it, but this week week marks the halfway point of our farmers' market season!  There is still lots of fresh produce, baked goods, honey, meats, cooking demonstrations, kids' activities, and more to look forward to, so be sure to take advantage of the time we have left!

Last week, the Wednesday market was an exciting one, as we welcomed chefs from IRMC who provided delicious samples of grilled balsamic zucchini, grilled tomatoes with pesto, and grilled buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese.  Yum!

The Saturday market was a calm one this week, but the weather was beautiful, and we have lots of special tent activities scheduled for this week!

Special Tents
Artisan Tent:  Tyler Gaston - Hand-crafted wooden goods for the home
Community Tent:  TriYoga of Indiana
Kids' Tent:  LOLAs Early Care and Education Center

TriYoga® is a flowing style of yoga that connects movement, breath, and focus.  With rhythmic pacing, relaxation-in-action, spinal movements and economy of motion, TriYoga® creates strength, flexibility, and inner calm.

LOLAs Early Care and Education Center's mission is to provide affordable child care with the highest quality care and education while supporting members of the local community through opportunity in quality employment.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Week of August 3 & 6

Thank you to all who supported Customer Appreciation Day!  We had a surprisingly good turnout considering that it rained ALL morning long, and vendors and shoppers alike had smiles on their faces!  Huge thanks to our vendors who participated with samples, promotions and donations toward the event, those in our special tents who added so much to the atmosphere of the market, and (of course) our amazing, loyal customers - we wouldn't be here without you!

We enjoyed lots of activity Saturday including sauerkraut demonstrations and workshops, music from Dan Stonerook, beautiful art by woodworker Tyler Gaston, kids' activities with the Indiana Free Library, and cooking demonstrations and delicious samples by Josh Truitt of The Conventry Inn - zucchini salad, grilled green beans with peppers, and pork meatballs with kale pesto, just to name a few of the tasty, market-fresh dishes he prepared!

We also had the pleasure of drawing four winners to receive gift baskets of market goodies that included lots lots of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jam, coffee, meats, sweet corn, beauty products, and a great big cookie!  Congratulations to Rebecca, Colleen, Pao Ying, and Donna!

Wednesday was a great market, as well.  The IRMC mobile unit was on site providing free blood pressure screenings, and we saw our first peaches of the season - they only last for a little while, so get 'em while you can!

This week, we take a little breather after such a big week, and so can you - check out the Kids' Tent Saturday morning for yoga with Ed Stancombe of  Sunflower Yoga - open to "kids" of all ages.  Just some of the many benefits of yoga for children include improved self-esteem, concentration, and physical fitness...and it's fun, too!

We also highlight one of our returning vendors - Eight Maples Farm.  They specialize in tomatoes, green peppers, and several delicious varieties of watermelon, along with beautiful potted plant arrangements.  Stop in and say hello!

If you missed it, be sure to check out the amazing article about us in last week's Shopper's Guide!

See you at the market!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week of July 27 & 30

You're the best!  We love our customers, and the market would be nothing without you!  Allow us to show our appreciation this Saturday, July 30th at our annual Customer Appreciation Day!  Read on for event details.

Last week, we welcomed the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to the Wednesday market, where they shared information on the SNAP program, as well as lots of healthy (and  yummy-looking) recipes.

We had a full lineup of special tents on Saturday and enjoyed music by Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta, yoga sessions with TriYoga of Indiana, handmade accessories by Zepchild Barefoot Sandals, and a fun nature-themed trivia game by the Children's Advisory Council of Indiana County.  Be sure to check out their Family Nature Palooza event coming up in August.

On Saturday, we also welcomed back Sleepy Hollow Orchard and enjoyed the first round of fresh, locally-grown apples.

This week, it is all about you - our loyal customers!  We hope you will join us for our regular Wednesday market and again Saturday for the 2016 Customer Appreciation Day event.  Below is the current lineup for the festivities:

  • Chef demonstrations by Josh Truitt of Coventry Inn - just a couple of his planned dishes include shredded zucchini salad and kale pesto with ground pork from Mahoning Creek Farm
  • Artisan Tyler Gaston - Hand-crafted wooden goods for the home
  • Kids' books and games with the Indiana Free Library
  • Music by Dan Stonerook - Unique blend of classic rock, folk, and blues
  • Sauerkraut workshops with Kendra Fairman
  • Market giveaways, drawings, and more!
Some of our vendors are joining the fun as well, including lamb samples, coupons, and promotional recipe booklets at Mahoning Creek Farm - paid in part by the American Lamb Board.

Sauerkraut demonstrations will be ongoing through the morning, with 15-minute workshops scheduled for 10:00 and 11:00.  If you wish to participate in the workshop, please bring a head of cabbage (available from several market farmers) and a quart jar.  You may also purchase a jar at the booth for $1.  Go home with a jar of your own ready-to-ferment sauerkraut!

Stop by the market booth and test your luck in a FREE drawing for market goodies!  The more you shop, the more entries you can earn!

Be sure to follow our Facebook event for more Customer Appreciation Day updates!

The Indiana Free Library offers programs for children of all ages throughout the year, providing a fun environment to teach early literacy skills through books, songs, hand rhymes, and crafts.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Week of July 20 & 23

It was a hot one this week, but that didn't stop our amazing vendors from showing up with smiling faces and the very best produce around!  We are seeing more variety each week now, and there is lots of other activity in our special tents, too.  Bring the whole family, a friend, or just yourself and see what the market has to offer!

Last week, we enjoyed delicious, healthy snack samples from Indiana Regional Medical Center at the Wednesday market.  IRMC also joined us on Saturday with information about Urgi-Care services, and Jeremy Vinson shared his talents with us in the musician tent.

We also welcomed yet another new vendor to the market this season - Stutzman Farms.  You may know them for their u-pick blueberries, and now you can buy fresh-picked berries at the farmers' market too!  As we are in the height of blueberry season right now, they are also our featured vendors of the week.

This week, you can look forward to blood pressure screenings from Beacon Ridge and SNAP Outreach information from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on Wednesday and a full lineup of special tents at the Saturday market.

In addition to the delicious summer veggies we have already seen at the market, more and more tomatoes are on the way.  Thank you to IRMC for sharing these delicious recipe ideas.

Special Tents:
Artisan Tent:  Zepchild Barefoot Sandals - Handmade jewelry, barefoot sandals, and more!
Community Tent:  TriYoga - Julie Means will lead TriYoga flows at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30.  We'll focus on the Air element, and flow through a short standing sequence, accessible to all - really!  No mats or other props necessary.
Kids' Tent:  Children's Advisory Commission of Indiana County
Musician Tent:  Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta

Save the Date!
Customer Appreciation Day is July 30th!  You can look forward to live local music, art, chef, demo, and much more!  Follow our Facebook event for updates!

TriYoga® is a flowing style of yoga that connects movement, breath, and focus.  With rhythmic pacing, relaxation-in-action, spinal movements and economy of motion, TriYoga® creates strength, flexibility, and inner calm. 

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Week of July 13 & 16

Things are really heating up at the market - in more ways than one!  We enjoyed lots of sunshine and warm weather at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets this week.  And, as more and more produce comes into season, we are also seeing more vendors at the Wednesday afternoon market.

If you haven't been by in a while, now is a great time to check it out again!  Wednesday  markets are located in the large parking lot on Wayne Avenue, across from the KCAC from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Last week, we welcomed back Eight Maples Farm for the season.  They sell beautiful potted plants and flowers, as well as produce.  I am already looking forward to their delicious watermelons!

Saturday, shoppers had the opportunity to register to vote in our community tent, courtesy of the PA Democratic Party.

This week, we will have Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) in our community tent sharing information about Urgi-Care and other services.

In produce, we are starting to see more cucumbers, squash, and other summer veggies.  Blueberries and sweet corn are here, too!  Don't forget - Commonplace Coffee is at the market every Saturday this month, and their iced coffee is perfect for a hot July day.

Our weekly vendor spotlight is on Country Bread Barn.  They offer a variety of freshly baked treats, including breads, pies, gobs, sticky buns, and more.  Yum!

Special Tents:
Community Tent:  Indiana Regional Medical Center

Save the Date!  
Customer Appreciation Day is July 30th!  You can look forward to live local music, art, chef demo, and much more!  Follow our Facebook event for updates!

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.

See you at the market!