Monday, June 29, 2015

July 1st & 4th

First and foremost the Indiana County Farmers' Market WILL be open on the 4th of July!  Now onto our blog post :)

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We apologize for no pictures of fresh market goods from last week's market, but I would have been dodging a massive downpour to snap those pictures since it rained literally the entire time at Saturday's market!  I know our vendors received a lot of compliments for coming out and standing in the rain for 3 hours, but we also need to thank our die-hard customers who also came out to support us! It means a lot to see you there buying our local goods even when the conditions are not perfect, so THANK YOU!  
Now a note about the rain from our E-Newsletter..."Not only does rain bring smaller crowds to the market and soaks our vendors, it also has made it a very difficult farming season thus far. These wet conditions have caused major flooding in our farmers' fields, made it difficult to prepare and plant new fields/beds, and have started causing some plants to get diseases that are associated with wet conditions. All of these problems have made it difficult for our farmers so far this season, and I know we are all wishing for the rain to cease to dry our fields and crops! That being said, we are staying optimistic for sunnier days ahead and crowds at the markets!"

When you stop by our Wednesday market you'll notice that we've moved closer to the Wayne Ave side of the parking lot, making us more visible to you our customers (and hopefully new customers driving by!)  

This Saturday, since it's the first Saturday of the month, there will be free yoga in our Kid's Tent again!  We are also excited to mention that we have musicians booked now through July for Saturday's market, sweet!!  

The farmers' market was again mentioned in the Indiana Gazette, check out the article here!

Kid's Tent: Sunflower Yoga Studio instructor Ed Stancombe
Community Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Community Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Artisan Tent: 
Musician Tent: Alyssa Hankey

Some articles you may find interesting on food and agriculture:
Why Americans Should Opt Out of Lawns
^^A personal favorite of mine, grow food not grass!!^^

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend and we hope to see you stop by to pick up everything you'll need for those cookouts!!!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 24 & 27

Well last week the farmers' market felt like it was finally into full swing! At our Wednesday market we welcomed back Jeffrey's Produce and 3 Pond's Farm, as well as our regular Wednesday vendors, and we had more of a steady crowd!  On Saturday a lot of our vendors sold out before 11:00! The crowd was large around opening time at 9 AM and our customers were grabbing all the goodies before the start of their weekend. This means you need to come early folks, unlike grocery stores, our farmers have a limited supply of fresh picked goods!  In our artist tent on Saturday we welcomed From the Forest and they had a lot of interest and sales at their tent!


This week will bring another beautiful (and warm) day for our Wednesday market, with the sun shining! There are a couple new produce items that we've been seeing at the market, like zucchini and cabbage, sugar snap peas, and carrots.  The season for those fresh picked lettuces may be coming to an end with the increase in temperatures we've been seeing, so if you've been enjoying a fresh salad from the market, be sure to get your lettuce sooner than later!  On Saturday we will feature another new-to-the-market artist who makes wonderfully unique dreamcatchers!

Oh and by the way, if you missed the front page of the Indiana Gazette on Monday, the farmers' market was the featured picture!!!!  See what everyone's raving about and find the freshest foods this week on Wednesday and Saturday at the market!  See you then!



Our special tents are off to a slow start, with many Saturdays still available to book the Kid's and Community tents, if you know of an organization who would like to get word out about their group for FREE please have them contact us!
Kid's Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Kid's Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Community Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Community Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Artisan Tent: Sami "Dancey Pancey" - Dreamcatchers
Musician Tent: TBD

Some articles you may find interesting on food and agriculture:

Local Food Is Still A Niche. Can It Grow Beyond That?

Landfill of Lettuce


Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 17 & 20

We sure were lucky Saturday morning with the weather, it looked like it was going to be a total wash out but the rain and storms held off and we had a nice morning at the market! With it being so early in the season and a limited supply of produce, our vendors are continuing to sell out. That means it is important to come EARLY to our Saturday morning market to ensure you get the goods before they're gone!

One of our newer vendors, Mahoning Creek Farm, is offering a Father's Day special right now, be sure to check them out on Wednesday or Saturday and get a flyer on their special before Father's Day this Sunday!!

This week we will have free health screenings at our Wednesday market, again thanks to Beacon Ridge nursing facility!  We will also be featuring a new-to-our-market artists, From the Forest. Check out our Artisan/Musicians tab to learn more about them!

Our special tents are off to a slow start, with many Saturdays still available to book the Kid's and Community tents, if you know of an organization who would like to get word out about their group for FREE please have them contact us!
Kid's Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Kid's Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Community Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Community Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Artisan Tent: From the Forest
Musician Tent: TBD

If you're looking for a new recipe to try using kale, check out one of these below for some tasty ways to prepare this wonderful in-season green!
10 Healthy Kale Recipes

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 9th &13th

now that's lettuce!
Tomatoes already!
What a great opening day we had at the market last Saturday! The crowd wasn't huge, but it was continuous and many vendors sold out!  It was so great to see everyone coming together and supporting your local farmers and bakers!  It was a beautiful morning for the market with the sun holding off until late morning and the clouds keeping all the wonderful greens (lettuce, kale, spinach) nice a cool while our customers perused the different vendor tents!



If you didn't make it out to our opening day, you can still come to our opening Wednesday market, June 9th from 3:00-5:30 along Wayne Avenue.  We hope to catch the IRMC crowd coming and going from the hospital!
Wednesdays markets this year will bring free health screenings from Beacon Ridge nursing facility. This week there will be free blood pressure and grip strength testing for those who are interested!

so ripe so fresh!
On Saturday we will have two special tents filled. Our Community Tent will welcome The Indiana Players and our Artisan Tent will welcome new this season Emily Lasinsky!  You can check out some of her work and her bio at our Artist page!

herbs a plenty
As the season continues our farmers will have a wider variety of produce to offer, but these wet spring days are perfect for your salad greens, collard greens, rhubarb, and herbs!  And if you're lucky you'll be able to find some of the sweetest strawberries around, nothing compares to a fresh picked spring berry!!!

Kid's Tent:  *We are still seeking community organizations in our Kid's Tent for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Community Tent:  The Indiana Players
Artisan Tent: Emily Lasinsky
Yoga every first Saturday of the month!
Musician Tent: TBD (Thanks to the gracious help and support from Sean Howard we will have musicians this season! Due to the nature of finding and scheduling them we most likely won't have them listed before Saturday!!)


Did you buy beet greens last market? If so check out these great ways to use them, and pick up some more this week!
5 recipes for beet greens

Friday, May 29, 2015

Opening Day, Saturday, June 6!!!

Well it is finally here, Saturday, June 6th from 9am-noon, opening day for the 2015 Indiana County Farmers' Market, 8th and Church Street in downtown Indiana!  Opening day will bring familiar faces of well loved vendors as well as faces of new vendors bringing a variety of new products and goods to our market!
Our farmers have been busy preparing for opening day, washing lettuce, keeping kale cool, digging up radishes, and finding those perfectly red, ripe strawberries just for you, our valued customer!! With the beginning of market brings the season for numerous products like salad greens, root vegetables (carrots, radishes, beets), strawberries, herbs, and maybe even an early tomato or two! It's been a long and very cold winter here in Indiana and we are sure you're taste buds are ready for some fresh picked, right out the soil produce, and we are ready to sell them to you!
Along with all of our vendors (the whole list can be found on our VENDOR page), we will also have Yoga in our Kid's Tent, lead by Ed Stancombe of Sunflower Yoga Studios (adults are welcome to join, yoga is for everyone!), and new to our Community Tent we welcome Wise Women Natural Health Collective.

We wanted to remind everyone, while we at the Farmers' Market are very fond of pets of all kinds, due to PA Dept of Ag regulations no pets are permitted at the market. If you do bring a pet, please tie them up outside of the market, sorry for any inconvenience!!

We cannot wait for our first day and are even more excited to see all of our old familiar customers and new first time market visitors.  So bring a friend, bring your family, do some yoga, buy some of the freshest local goods around, and come on out to our opening day!!

Kid's Tent:  Yoga with Ed Stancombe of Sunflower Yoga Studio
Community Tent:  Wise Women Natural Health Collective
Artisan Tent: *We are still seeking artists for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*
Musician Tent: *We are still seeking musicians for our Saturday market, please contact us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you're interested!*


radish carrot tops
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If you are looking for something delicious to make with all of your fresh market goodies, check out some of these recipes below for radish greens (who knew the green, leafy parts of radishes were just as good as the radish themselves!?!)
Don't Toss Those Radish Greens
5 Recipes for Radish Leaves
Salad of Edible Radish, Beet, and Carrot Top Greens

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Vendors & New Artists

We are just TWO WEEKS away from opening day and we'd like to take this rainy Sunday to introduce two new artists who will be in our Artisan Tent this season as well as two new vendors who will be joining our market!  We may even have more new vendors to share as the time nears. Check out our Vendor Page to learn more about all of our vendors this season!

At our Artisan Tent on Saturday, June 13 will be Emily Lasinsky, click on our Artist page to read her bio!  Another new artist this season is Tyler Gaston of Gaston Woodworking who will be at the market Saturday, July 18. Check out his bio too at our Artist page!

And we are very excited to welcome new vendor Mahoning Creek Farm of Smicksburg, PA. You can check them out at their facebook page.  They are a 4th generation family farm and are sure to bring some exciting new products to our market!

Another new vendor this season is Mother Earth Farm of Indiana, PA. This is especially exciting for me personally for this is my own farm, started last fall. My farm is a small scale naturally grown produce farm. Everything is grown without the use of chemicals, like earth intended! Find unique heirloom & organic produce! Check out the facebook page.

We are so excited for our 2015 season and are excited to see all your friendly faces at our opening day!  Be sure to stop by the Kid's Tent for yoga and the Community Tent to learn all about the Wise Women Natural Health Collective!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Market season is almost here!

Hello everyone! How exciting is it that our opening market day is less than 1 month away!  Saturday, June 6 cannot come soon enough, and I personally know that all of our farmers have been super busy this spring preparing for the start of our season! We also have received a couple new vendor applications for this season that we hope to share with you soon!!

Children's Yoga 2014
I wanted to make note of a couple things before the start of the season and regular blog updates and E-Newsletter blasts!

First, our Wednesday market time has changed this year to start half an hour earlier, but still end the same time as we have in the past. Wednesday market will run from 3:00-5:30 and will be located again this year along Wayne Ave across from the KCAC!

Second, we have already started scheduling our special tents, and have the first Saturday of June, July, and August booked by Sunflower Yoga Studio's yoga instructor Ed Stancombe who will be hosting children's yoga in the Kid's Tent (but anyone can participate!!)


Lastly, we still need to fill our schedule in our special tents with artists, musicians, community organizations, and children activities!  PLEASE share, this is a great way for a group or individual to get out there, meet the public, and have their artwork/music or organization shared with a wide variety of consumers! (And best of all, it's FREE!!)  Please email us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to schedule ASAP!