Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Market Dates Announced & New Wednesday Location

Can you believe it's almost the start of another fantastic market season!?!

Here are the official dates for our 2014 Indiana County Farmers' Market!!

Opening day:  Saturday, June 7 2014 9:00-noon
First Wednesday:  Wednesday, June 11 2014 3:30-5:30

Saturdays will run from June 7 to October 25 and Wednesdays will run from June 11 to October 1.

*****NEW NEW NEW*****
Our Wednesday market is relocating to Wayne Avenue across from the Kovalchik Complex (in the old Bilo parking lot).  We are very excited to have this new space that will provide us with more room to GROW as well as hopefully some new customers! For those of you who used to walk to the Wednesday market, we hope you can still make the trip and know that there is a bus stop across the street from the market if walking is not an option!!!  We are very grateful to the Kovalchik Corporation who are generously letting us use this space!

PLEASE NOTE that our Saturday market will remain in it's current location behind S&T Bank at 8th and Church Street.


As well as having a new location for our Wednesday market, we have a couple other new things coming to our market.

Just a taste of early season produce
We are anticipating a couple new vendors this season, check before the beginning of the market to see who they'll be!  (We are still accepting applications until the end of May, click here to download the 2014 vendor application if you're interested!!!)

For our Saturday  market we are going to have a Welcome to the Market tent with information about our market, weekly recipe cards, and educational materials on food, nutrition, farming, gardening, the environment, and more!
We will also have a Children's Area under our Welcome to the Market tent. Our Children's Area will be sponsor
ed by different organizations each week.  We will have fun educational activities for the weeks we have a sponsor, and for the weeks we don't have a sponsor, we will have coloring activities, paints, chalk, and more!!!!  While we encourage your children to enjoy our Children's Area, please know that it is not a babysitting tent, and you'll be responsible for your children while they're at the market.

On Saturdays we will also be featuring different artists from the area at our artist tent, these artists will change weekly.  We also will have our Community Tent again where local groups can come and promote their organization. We will have live music on Saturdays too!!

Saturdays will also be the days when you can find local chefs preparing delicious food demonstrations with our fresh market produce!

Please check our calendar (updated as soon as we have the events scheduled) to see when there will be food demonstrations, who will be at the Children's Area, which artist will be featured at our artist tent, which community group will be promoting their organization at our Community Tent, and which musicians will be performing on Saturdays!

One last change to the market this year, while we love all animals, we ask that you please do not bring your pets into our market area due to PA Act 106, Food Safety Modernization Act.  Pets are not allowed to be where food is being sold.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but thank you for understanding!!!

We look forward to seeing you at our opening day of the 2014 market season!  If you have any questions or comments please email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com !


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Last Chance for 7th Street Relocation

There will be a borough council meeting this Tuesday, April 8 at 7 PM.  This is a full council meeting where they will finally be voting on the proposal to relocate our WEDNESDAY farmers' market from our current borough lot spot on 8th and Church Street to the newly finished IRMC Park at North 7th and Philadelphia Street.  We are hoping for another wonderful community turn out at this meeting to show the councilors that the Indiana community supports keeping our Wednesday market in the borough!!!

If the decision turns out to be a negative vote, declining our relocation proposal, the Farmers' Market will most likely be looking for other options outside of the borough for our Wednesday market due to the need for more space (we are expanding!!)

We appreciate the tremendous support we've been receiving from our community (especially those who took the time to sign and comment on the petition made by a community member), and hope if you are available Tuesday evening you could come and share your support to council members verbally.

One last reminder, next week Monday, April 14, we will be having a public market meeting, anyone's welcome to attend.  We are especially hoping to bring out some interested vendors, artists, musicians, and community groups who might want to participate in the market this season.

We are so excited for the 2014 season, and will let you know the date of our opening very soon :)

*If you are interested in being involved with the market this season as a vendor/artist/musician/community group, please email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com *

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Community Information Meeting!

Can you smell it? Can you feel it? Spring is in the air, and pretty soon you'll be able to taste it too.  
I'm not a farmer, but my broccoli seedlings are in
If you know a thing or two about gardening, then you know that the farmers are already planting things indoors and outdoors, preparing for our first week of the 2014 market season.  Our start date is still being determined, but we will know early April when the first day of the season will be.  We are inviting you, the community, to our annual informational meeting for the 2014 Indiana County Farmers' Market on April 14 at 6:30 pm at the Courthouse Annex located at 8th and Water Street. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the market, an interested musician, an interested artisan, or an interested community member who would like to be more involved, we hope to see you at the meeting. Also, if you know of any community organizations who would be interested in showcasing their organization at the market one Saturday, please let them know that we have a community tent available for use each week.
We have a lot of new and exciting ideas for our 2014 market season, as well as a handful of new interested vendors!!  Once we finalize the details of our season, I'll post them to our blog so everyone will have an idea of what to expect at the market this year! *Hint, if you bring your family to the market be sure to be on the look out for kids activity tent.*

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Big Thanks

I just wanted to give a huge shout out of THANKS to all who came and supported the market at the borough council meeting this evening.  It is amazing to have such a wonderful community supporting the market, we couldn't be more appreciative.

I also need to say a special HUGE thank you for the wonderful letter written from President and CEO, Stephen Wolfe, of IRMC in support of moving the market to IRMC Park.  His letter received a round of applause from the public tonight.

Unfortunately the motion to approve or even discuss our topic this evening was tabled by a 7 to 5 vote.  The 7 who voted to table the discussion of the proposal were Brickelmyer, DeChurch, Hartman, Jones, Petrosky, Thompson, and Thorell.  Those in favor of discussing our proposal and even possibly approving us tonight were Hood, Lancaster, Smith, Adcock, and Broad.  It was tabled because they needed more information from their staff on how much it would cost to close that small section of road...

We were asked to attend yet another Community Development meeting on March 17 to discuss this further.  Council member Adcock asked, after the 17th meeting, if council could hold a special meeting March 18 to vote yes or no on our relocation to give the market adequate time to prepare for our season.  Again the same 7 above members (Brickelmyer, DeChurch, Hartman, Jones, Petrosky, Thompson, and Thorell) voted "no" to holding a special meeting after we meet on the 17.

The next meeting we will be attending is March 17.  The earliest we'll know whether we get approval or not will be April 8...

Overall I am frustrated with the outcome of the meeting, and tired of all the run around, but it is heartwarming to see and hear all the support from our community.  If you live in the borough and support our farmers market, call your council member and let them know that their community supports this!!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

relocation proposal

We need your support!!!!!  The Indiana County Farmers' Market is proposing to Borough Council a relocation of our Wednesday afternoon market to IRMC Park at Philadelphia Street and North 7th Street. We are asking council to close the road Wednesday afternoons from Philadelphia Street to the alley Nixon Ave.  This location is more centralized, more visible, and has a friendlier customer atmosphere with benches, tables, and trees!  We also believe relocating here will support our small local downtown businesses!  If you support this and/or the market, please come to the borough meeting March 4 at 7 PM and let your voice be heard.  We will be there from the market, and hope to see a lot of community and business support!

We'd like to thank the following organizations who are supporting us with this proposal:
Downtown Indiana Inc, IRMC, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce

We'd also like to thank numerous downtown businesses who already gave us their support:
Cozy Corner, Gatti Pharmacy, Steel City Samiches, Michael B Shoes, Lucy Rae, 700 Shop, Book Nook, Cafe Amadeus, The Coney, Tracey's Upscale Resale, The Brown Hotel

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Last Market of the Season 10/26/13


This Saturday will be the last market day for the 2013 season!  The weather this week has been rather dreary, but be sure to stop out for your last chance to get some local autumn produce for the year!  Our vendors will be limited, but there will still be some beautifully fresh and delicious produce available!
Even though the market season will end this Saturday, that doesn't mean we'll be done attending to market tasks and planning for next year.  There are a lot of new ideas we are going to consider for next years market, if you have any input on what new things you'd like to see, or improvements we could make, please send us a message either on our Facebook page or email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com.  We are going to continue to look for new artisans and musicians for next season as well. If you or someone you know is interested, have them contact us!

Thank you for your continued support, we are excited to bring new ideas and events to the market next year!  See you on Saturday!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Market Preview Wednesday, October 3


This week brings our last Wednesday market and there will be NO market on Saturday due to IUP homecoming festivities.  The Farmers' Market will return the following Saturdays, October 12, 19, and 26, with the 26 being the last day for the market this season.  You will notice during the month of October we will have limited vendors.  Be sure to come to the market these last couple of Saturdays to grab all the freshest produce around before our season comes to a close.  We appreciate all your continuous support!  
The list you see below will remain basically the same throughout this month, so this will probably be one of my last blog updates.  If you have suggestions for our farmers' market please send me an email (indianafarmmarket@gmail.com) or leave me a message on our facebook page. We love to hear from our customers with ideas on how to improve the market experience. We meet in the late fall to discuss how our market year went and how it can be improved for next year, so let me know what you think!

3 Ponds Farm:  beets, herbs, onions, yellow and green zucchini, garlic, white potatoes, butternut squash, new harvest of mixed lettuce
Country Bread Barn:  bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, canned goods (Saturday only)
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery:  will be back sporadically in October with fall greens like lettuce and mustard greens
Home Made Ice Cream Express:  vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, peanut butter swirl, maple walnut (this is their last Wednesday)
Kettle Corn:  original kettle corn, caramel, or chocolate (Saturday only)
Mountain View Acres: broccoli, kohlrabi, potatoes, raw milk cheese, jellies/jams, red and green cabbage, onions, sweet banana peppers, hungarian wax peppers, pork, chicken turkey, eggs, goat's milk soap, eggplant, butternut squash, red and yellow watermelon, sweet potatoes
Natalie's Goodies:  pastries, cookies, cinnamon rolls, jellies/jams
Rebecca & John Spade:  organically grown potatoes (Kenebac, Norland Red, Yukon Gold), garlic, banana peppers, brown eggs (Saturday only)
Sleepy Hollow Orchard:  apples
Yarnicks:  they may be coming sporadically to the market due to their pumpkin festival during the month of October

A re-cap in pictures of our 2013 Indiana County Farmers' Market, thank you!

Springtime Flowers from
3 Ponds Farm
Live Music

Plant Sale Fundraiser
Artists




Desserts!
Jewelry







Customer Appreciation Day