Thursday, October 16, 2014

Market Preview October 18th


Sorry for the hiatus on blog updates, but with a new baby and a new farming adventure, we've been a little busy! I wanted to at least update the blog once more before the 2014 market season is over!  We have two Saturday markets left, and then we'll have to wait through a long winter before we can start dreaming about fresh picked lettuces, onions, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, and more!

The market has been smaller with the number of vendors decreasing as we near the end of the season due to slower crop production.  We do have a good number of vendors left who have a variety of produce to offer! Check out the varieties of gourds and pumpkins available, the different kinds of apples and pears, and crisp greens.  Also check out the different kinds of root vegetables that are left, like carrots, onions, and potatoes.  This link will give you ideas and ways to store these vegetables all winter, a small way to enjoy the market through these cold winter months ahead!  Also you can find a delicious recipe that uses butternut squash and apples to make a creamy soup that can warm up any cold autumn day!


This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Jeff's Produce
Natalie's Goodies
Sleepy Hollow Orchard 
Yarnick's Farm 

Vendors in italics may not be at the market this week

Our tents are vacant for the rest of the season, if you are interested in participating in the market next year please email us so we can add you to our list of musicians/artisans or community/kid's tent groups!!!

If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Market Preview Sept 17 & 20

This weekend we are welcoming the return of our extra tents with three tents scheduled and a huge collaboration event with PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank called Harvest for the Hungry.  With the help of community volunteers and YOU, we will be collecting produce to donate to our local food bank. We will also have live music thanks to a market favorite, Tim Ball's one-man-band, Snapology will be featured at our Kid's tent with activities, and the Community tent will feature again the First Annual IUP SEEDS Club Community Seed Swap.
At our Wednesday market you will find The League of Women Voters registering community members to vote and FREE blood pressure screening thanks to Beacon Ridge nurses!
We are still looking for artists, musicians, community groups, and children's activites to schedule events in our extra tents for September and October. If you are interested in participating in one of our tents, please email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com.  If you know of anyone or any organization that would be interested in participating in a Saturday market, please spread the word that we are scheduling now!

With the changing of seasons, things are also changing around the market. You'll notice that our Wednesday market is getting a bit smaller, with many vendors not having enough produce to sell at both markets, and you'll notice a lot more pumpkins, gourds, and squash, a true sign of the autumn season!  We hope to see you at the market this week, and note that we only have 3 Wednesday markets left in the season.  Our Saturday markets will run all the way through October.

This Week's Vendors

3 Ponds Farm
A&L Produce
Country Bread Barn

Eagle Run Farm (Saturday only)
Eight Maples Farm 
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products (will be at the Folk Festival)
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Hill Crest Farm
Home Made Ice Cream (This will be their last Wednesday)
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce (finished for the season)
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:
HARVEST for the HUNGRY Event
Community Tent: First Annual IUP SEEDS Club Community Seed Swap
Kid's Tent: Snapology
Artist Tent:
Musician Tent: Tim Ball


If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Market Preview Sept 3 & 6

The Kid's Tent was a HUGE success at the market on Saturday, around 30 kids stopped by and made their own ice cream with the help of IUP dietetic interns and the Department of Food and Nutrition professor Jodie Seybold! We had a new artist, Richard Roberts, who had some fantastic abstract work made from wax. The League of Women Voters was also present in our Community Tent registering community members to vote!






Returning this week to our Wednesday market, you will be able to have a FREE blood pressure screening thanks to nurses from Beacon Ridge.  This Saturday we do not have anyone scheduled in our Artist, Musician, Community, or Kid's Tent.  We are starting to schedule events in our extra tents for September and October. If you are interested in participating in one of our tents, please email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com.  If you know of anyone or any organization that would be interested in participating in a Saturday market, please spread the word that we are scheduling now!

There is an exciting event happening in downtown Indiana that you should definitely check out after the market Saturday morning!  Starting at 10 AM on Saturday is the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival.  Some of our vendors will be selling at this festival rather than at the market on Saturday.  This event starts Friday evening and runs all day and into the night Saturday. A wonderful event that brings live music, arts, crafts, and foods to the heart of downtown! Check out their website to see a full schedule of events and activities, Northern Appalachian Folk Festival.

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 (will be at the Folk Festival)
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 (finished for the season)
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:
No Events Scheduled This Weekend
Community Tent:
Kid's Tent:
Artist Tent:
Musician Tent:


If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

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

If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

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!

If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

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 :)

If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!

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

If you'd like to be added to our weekly e-newsletter with market updates, recipes, and informational articles please send us an email to indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, thanks!