Saturday, August 23, 2014

Market Preview August 27 & 30

The rain held off this week for both of our market days, and we noticed some new customers at our Saturday market, possibly IUP students and parents in for the move-in weekend. We hope with IUP back in session, we will be seeing more students frequent the market, a great healthy community oriented event that everyone can enjoy!  On Saturday we had a lot of interest in our Community Tent where Master Food Preserver, Marcy Cunkelman, discussed the appropriate ways to preserve summer's harvest. We hope to have Marcy attend the market again later in the season when people are getting ready to start canning late summer produce!  Our musician, Tim Ball's One-Man-Band, was rocking all market and our customers really appreciated his playing!

Again this week at the Wednesday market you will be able to have a FREE blood pressure screening thanks to nurses from Beacon Ridge. ***Wednesday we will still have the market even though it's fair week and our parking lot is used for fair parking. You will find us in our same lot, just moved slightly towards the Wayne Avenue side (rather than the Hospital Road side) to accommodate for fair parking. Just look for our market tents!***  This Saturday we will have the League of Women Voters in our Community Tent, new artist Richard Roberts in our Artisan Tent, and Food Science fun in our Kid's Tent brought to you by IUP Food and Nutrition Professor Jodie Seybold!



 This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm (absent Wednesday)
Eight Maples Farm 
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (absent this Saturday)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard 
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Saturday's Market Events:

Community Tent: League of Women Voters
Kid's Tent: Food Science Hands-On Activity, Jodie Seybold
Artist Tent:  Richard Roberts
Musician Tent: TBD

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Market Preview August 20th & 23rd

Basket winner
Face paint
We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers who came out and supported the market for our annual Customer Appreciation Event! It was a great success! We gave away 100 reusable farmers' market tote bags, samples upon samples of sweet peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, bread, pepper jelly and relish, and apples, and Cassandra Williams was our lucky winner out of more than 100 entries of the market basket giveaway!  It was quite the basket and arm-full!!  Amanda Brubaker, the 2013 Indiana County Fair Queen, distributed fair handouts and painted dozens of faces in our Kid's Tent.  Our musician, Christian, was joined by fellow musicians throughout the morning and put on quite the lively and entertaining show all market (he didn't sit down once!!). And our artisan sold a number of her handmade rugs, a unique art tent to the market this season!  It was our busiest Saturday yet and we thank you for your continuous support!
For the next two Wednesdays we will have FREE blood pressure screenings at the market thanks to nurses from Beacon Ridge.  We also wanted to be sure that you know during fair week (8/24-8/30) we WILL still be at our Wednesday location, which is used as a parking lot for the fair, so be sure to stop by!  This Saturday we will have a Master Food Preserver at the market teaching proper techniques and distributing handouts on ways to preserve summer's bounty of produce, this should be an educational demonstration that I know many of us will appreciate!  Our artist and musician tents will be filled this Saturday and our Kid's Tent will have Gatti Pharmacy with children's activities and handouts, be sure to check it out!
This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm (absent this Wednesday)
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard 
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Saturday's Market Events:

Community Tent: Master Food Preserver, Marcy Cunkelman
Kid's Tent: Gatti Pharmacy
Artist Tent:  Courtney Scherf
Musician Tent: Tim Ball's One-Man-Band

Our unofficial market mascot
sporting her football face paint!
Peppers!
Each week I set-up and take down our 4 extra tents (Kids, Community, Artisan, and Musician), but once September rolls around you may find these tents vacant because I will be on leave due to the upcoming arrival of a new baby.  We are trying to think of a place to safely leave these tents near the Saturday market site so we can continue to schedule events in the tents, but have our tent occupants set them up and take them down themselves. We'd like to store them somewhere close by so the tents could continue to be set up, but we are not sure where.  If you have any suggestions, we would be glad to hear them! I've been happy to schedule all these events this season, and hope to continue once I take a leave of absence with the new baby.  Hopefully I'll see you at the market Saturday, it all depends on this baby's time table now!  Thanks for your words of encouragement, they are appreciated!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Market Preview August 13 & 16

This Saturday is our annual Customer Appreciation Day, 9:00-noon, August 16th!!!  Our taste testing event this year will feature PEPPERS! From hot to sweet, we'll have the freshest peppers around for you to sample, along with pepper relish from Natalie's Goodies and bread and cucumbers from Country Bread Barn and 3 Ponds Farm to help soothe your mouth if you dare to try a hot one!!!  We will be giving away Indiana County Farmers' Market reusable shopping bags to the first 100 market customers filled with a PA produce cookbook, market recipes, and buying local handouts! We will also have a giveaway of a market basket full of market goods from participating vendors, come to the Kid's Tent to sign up for the basket giveaway, snag a reusable bag, and sample peppers!! There will be face painting in the Kid's Tent by the 2013 Indiana County Fair Queen, and music duo Christian and Taylor will be back performing. It should be a wonderful event, so come early and stay awhile, thank you for supporting your local farmers' market!!

Last Saturday at the market we had a wonderful crowd and exciting giveaway for children gardeners in our Kid's Tent thanks to the Indiana Garden Club!  On Wednesday we are continuing to have a great turnout of customers and we appreciate those who have followed us to our new location!!


This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard 
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Saturday's Market Events:

Community Tent: Downtown Indiana Inc.
Kid's Tent: Face Painting AND stop by to sign up to win our basket giveaway, grab a reusable market tote bag, and taste pepper samples!!
Artist Tent:  Kathy Tangren
Musician Tent: Christian & Taylor

One of my favorite go-to recipes for this time of year is quick, simple, and can be eaten many ways!  It's fresh hot peppers (hungarian wax, banana peppers, etc) chopped up with fresh diced tomatoes (cherry, cocktail, or larger tomatoes), with a drizzle of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, and fresh herbs of your choice (I like parsley and basil).  Serve this over lettuce, eat it plain, or my favorite on a thick slice of italian bread!!!  Enjoy :)

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Market Preview August 6 & 9

This week is National Farmers Market week, and a way to celebrate is to come out and support your local farmers market! You can go to this website and pledge to spend money at the Indiana County Farmers' Market and receive a free "No Farms No Food" bumper sticker for pledging, and then take the next step and come on out to our Wednesday and Saturday markets and shop locally!! I Love My Farmers Market celebration!

As promised here is what you can expect at our annual Customer Appreciation Day, this year scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 9:00-noon.  Our taste testing event this year will feature a produce favorite that is as versatile in taste as it is in ways to prepare it, but we like it raw the best. It comes in many colors, green, yellow, red, orange, purple, and more! It even has it's own scale for heat, that's right, it's peppers!!  From hot to sweet, we'll have the freshest peppers around for you to sample, along with pepper relish from Natalie's Goodies and bread and cucumbers from Country Bread Barn and 3 Ponds Farm to help soothe your mouth if you dare to try a hot one!!!  Along with the samples, we will be giving away Indiana County Farmers' Market reusable shopping bags to the first 100 market customers filled with a PA produce cookbook, market recipes, and buying local handouts! We will also have a giveaway of a market basket full of market goods from participating vendors!! There will be face painting in the Kid's Tent by the 2013 Indiana County Fair Queen, and music duo Christian and Taylor will be back performing. It should be a wonderful event, so come early and stay awhile, thank you for supporting your local farmers' market!!

Last Saturday at the market we saw two groups of children participate in yoga demonstrated by Ed Stancombe of Sunflower Yoga Studios.  In our Community Tent the First UU Church raised awareness and money for their Stop Hunger campaign, and we had a nice turnout of customers on the beautifully sunny morning.

This Saturday at the market we will have the Indiana Garden Club in our Kid's Tent with some take home garden goodies for our children customers! Our Community Tent will feature the Seed Bank where you can learn more about their mission and the seed swap they are planning!! And our Artisan Tent will feature two artists who were here at the very beginning of the market season, Ashely Bouton and Tyler Rahl, be sure to stop by and check out their awesome paintings!!
This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only) *absent this week*
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard (currently Wednesday only)
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Saturday's Market Events:
Community Tent: Seed Bank
Kid's Tent: Indiana Garden Club
Artist Tent:  Ashely Bouton and Tyler Rahl
Musician Tent: TBD

One of our vendors, Janet Huber, had customers who were interested in ways to prepare zucchini, so here is a recipe that she had from her mother, a zucchini casserole that uses a lot of other market produce along with the famed zucchini!  Zucchini Casserole

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Market Preview July 30 & August 2

Martha Crenshaw
Nicole Dann
Last week was another successful week at the Indiana County Farmers' Market, and we have YOU our devoted customers to thank! At our Wednesday market we had dietitian Martha Crenshaw from IRMC who distributed infused water samples and on Saturday we had dietitian Nicole Dann who also made infused water samples and discussed healthier alternatives to store bought drinks (as well as a cheaper alternative!) We had a crowd of children who made good/bad bug bookmarks and learned about some of the helpful and harmful bugs that can be found in gardens.  Our artist was Nancy Heath with stained glass that was beautiful!
If (when) we start scheduling artists for September and October, we hope to bring back some of our favorites again! (If you were wondering, I'm due in September so the Community, Artist, Musician, and Kid's Tents are only scheduled currently through August because I will be on leave for at least a little while with the new baby!)


 We are excited to start planning and preparing for our annual Customer Appreciation Day, which is going to be held earlier this year on August 16!!  We have a lot of exciting giveaways, activities, and food sampling planned, but we will reveal all the details next week, just be sure to mark your calendar because it's coming up quick!  *We are looking for some volunteers, 2-3, who might be interested and able to help us with face painting in our kid's tent. You don't need to be an artist, we will have stencils, but we do need help since I will be occupied with the samples and giveaways.  Please email us or talk to me on Saturday if you're able to help, indianafarmmarket@gmail.com *

This week Sunflower Yoga Studio instructor Ed Stancombe will be back with yoga for everyone at 9:15 and 10:15, come prepared to learn some standing poses and relaxing breathing techniques! We will also welcome back artisan Chere Winneck-Shawer with her jewelry and bags and a new musician to the market, Andrew Mack!  Our Community Tent will feature the First UU Church of Indiana, PA and their social justice team.

This Week's Vendors
3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only) *absent this week*
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Saturday's Market Events:
Community Tent: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA--Social Justice Team 
Kid's Tent: Yoga with Sunflower Yoga Studio Instructor Ed Stancombe at 9:15 and 10:15
Artist Tent:  Chere Winneck-Shawer
Musician Tent: Andrew Mack--Country Music

This week will bring some cooler weather, but this recipe is good for those HOT summer days, so save it for when the temperatures start to rise again. A good use for all the cucumbers and zucchinis that are growing this time of year!
Cucumber and Zucchini Soup

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Market Preview July 23 & 26

Our market crowds have continued to surprise us, and even with the all day rain we had on Saturday, the crowd was still there!  Our musician, Christian Jerman, really entertained and our artisan had a lot of success!  Last week we visited our last two farms, A&L Produce and Jeff's Produce, check out their bio pages to learn more about where your food is coming from!!  I also wanted to note that last week I had a misprint, Eagle Run Farm has an EBT machine that accepts SNAP cards; HOWEVER, it does not work to accept SNAP at our market, only at the other market they are a part of, sorry for any confusion. His machine does accept credit and debit cards at our market though.  We are hoping to have our own equipment next year to be able to accept SNAP.


At the Wednesday market this week we will have artisan Crystal Miller back for the third and final time, so be sure to come prepared if you've been interested in her work the past couple of Wednesdays. We will also have an IRMC dietitian in our Community Tent with healthy living tips.  Saturday's market is fully booked with Sean Howard playing in our Musician Tent, Nancy Heath who creates stained glass in our Artisan Tent, a food and nutrition specialist, Nicole Dann, in our Community Tent, and an interactive learning experience for children on good and bad bugs in the garden in our Kid's Tent  presented by Penn State Master Gardeners Cindy Hatcher and myself (parents you can learn a bit from this too!!)  Below is our list of vendors who will be present at the market this week.

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeffery Stauffer
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 
*note, not all of our vendors are listed as some will come later in the season once their crops are ready, check out the Vendor page to see our complete list* Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week.

Saturday's Market Events:
Community Tent: Infused Water Samples and Learn-How with Nutritionist Nicole Dann
Kid's Tent: Good/Bad Bug Learning & Painting Activity with Penn State Master Gardeners
Artist Tent:  Nancy Heath
Musician Tent: Sean Howard & Tina Eckberg

Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups
kaylnskitchen.com
With my daughter Madelyn's third birthday coming up and with the copious amounts of zucchini that we've been harvesting, I'm going to share with you a recipe that I plan on using to make healthy chocolate zucchini cupcakes! This recipe is for a quick bread, but can be easily adapted into cupcakes, just shorten the cooking time a bit.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Here is also a recipe that uses zucchini and/or summer squash that we've tried this week with great success, think stuffed peppers but with zucchini!
Meat & Tomato Zucchini Cups

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Monday, July 14, 2014

July 16th & 19th Market Preview

Nick Karas live food demo
Nap's Cucina Mia
Small crowd at the
3rd story time of the morning
Last week both our Wednesday and Saturday markets had large, continuous crowds and we saw a lot of our vendors sell out of their products!  We are hoping with the beautiful looking forecast predicted for this week will again draw large crowds for our markets and our vendors!  If you need another reason to stop at the market this week, maybe having two new vendors arrive will be the push that you need!  We are very excited to welcome to our Wednesday market Smicksburg Communiy Cheese!!!  We are also excited to welcome Eagle Run Farm to both our Wednesday and Saturday markets!  Spread the word, Eagle Run Farm has an EBT machine that will accept SNAP cards!!  Check out our About the Farmer/Vendor Page to read our latest bio on Jeffrey Stauffer of Jeff's Produce, we will be visiting his farm this Tuesday!  Later on this week we also hope to visit A&L Produce's farm, so check back to read about two of our new vendors!


At the Wednesday market this week we will have artisan Crystal Miller back again displaying and selling her unique collages.  Saturday's market brings back artisan Chere Winnek-Shawer, a local jewelry and scarf creator who was at the market last year.  We will also have an exciting activity for children of ALL ages, Sunflower Yoga Studio will be presenting yoga for children at the market at 9:15 and 10:15 thanks to instructor Ed Stancombe.  Our Community Tent will feature a dietitian from Indiana Regional Medical Center and our musician is TBD.  Below is our list of vendors who will be present at the market this week.

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Eagle Run Farm
Eight Maples Farm
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeffery Stauffer
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Smicksburg Community Cheese (Wednesday only)
Yarnick's Farm 
*note, not all of our vendors are listed as some will come later in the season once their crops are ready, check out the Vendor page to see our complete list* Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week.

Saturday's Market Events:
Community Tent:  Indiana Regional Medical Center's Dietitian Tiffany Giles
Kid's Tent:  Sunflower Yoga Studio presenting children yoga, Ed Stancombe
Artist Tent:  Chere Winnek-Shawer
Musician Tent: TBD

After last Wednesday's market I decided to prepare a delicious greek themed dinner that was amazingly simple and super quick to put together.  And above all it was great tasting and so refreshing on a hot summer evening!  I'll include the links to the three recipes I used.
quick summer meal
Here's a quick rundown of what the dinner consisted of:  Grilled greek zucchini or squash (I added feta on top at the end until it melted slightly), grilled greek marinated chicken, cucumber tzatziki, and I added a freshly chopped tomato and pepper as sides that went great with every aspect of the meal, hope you enjoy!!
Grilled Zucchini
Greek Marinated Chicken



Cucumber Tzatziki


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