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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Monday, July 7, 2014

Market Preview 7/9 & 7/12

Can you believe we are already in the month of July!? This month will bring copious amounts of some of our favorite summer produce:  tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, beans, and more!!!  It's an exciting time of the year for produce lovers and an extremely busy time of the year for our farmers! This market season has been a bit tough for a lot of our farmers because of the harsh winter and extremely rainy spring we've had.  That weather has made it a slow start for most of our farmers and their varieties of produce, so if you've wondered why there hasn't been a great variety at the market yet, just wait!
This past week brought some new first time vendors to our market, and in the coming weeks we'll be seeing the return of some years past vendors (can you say Sleepy Hollow Orchard!!!)  We'd like to welcome A&L Produce and Hill Crest Farm to our market as our newest vendors, check back to read all about these two new vendors.  A&L Produce sells a variety of produce and Hill Crest Farm sells herbs ready to take home and plant!

This week we will have beautiful weather for our Wednesday and Saturday markets, and Saturday is completely packed full of events at the market!  Bring children of all ages to our kid's tent for an exciting outdoor story time presented by the Indiana Free Library!  And bring your taste buds to try the delicious samples that will be made right in front of you thanks to Nick Karas, chef from Nap's Cucina Mia, who will be preparing a live food demonstration!!  Check out which vendors to expect at the market this week and look below to see our schedule of events.

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
Laney's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
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:
Live Food Demonstration: Nap's Cucina Mia chef Nick Karas
Community Tent:  Downtown Indiana Inc.
Kid's Tent:  Story Time with the Indiana Free Library
Artist Tent:  Cathy Bizousky, pottery
Musician Tent: TBD

My first yellow squash was picked this weekend from my personal garden, and to celebrate I'll share a ridiculously delicious recipe that uses squash, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, and garlic ALL ingredients that you can find and buy locally at the Indiana County Farmers' Market!!!! Eat it alone or pair with grilled chicken to add some protein to your meal.
Vegetable Tian

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Market preview July 2nd & 5th

The Indiana County Farmers' Market is scheduled this week for both Wednesday, July 2 AND Saturday, July 5.  We hope to see everyone at the market Wednesday to pick up some yummy goodies and produce for the Fourth of July on Friday! And bring any family and friends in town for the holiday weekend to the market Saturday morning!  Mark your calendars for Nap's Cucina Mia food demonstration that will be at the market Saturday, July 12.  That same Saturday also plan on bringing the kids to enjoy the Indiana Free Library's story time at the market!!  We hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and we hope to see you at the market on Wednesday and Saturday!


Vendors expected at the market this week!
3 Ponds Farm
Country Bread Barn
Eight Maples Farm 
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's 
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeffery Stauffer
Laney's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
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*



Saturday's Event Schedule:
Our artisan, community, kid's, and musician tent are going to be vacant Saturday July 5th because our coordinator is on vacation, but there will be still be a wonderful market day!

Check out this delicious recipe
http://rosemarried.com/2012/11/09/roasted-carrot-and-black-bean-tacos-with-cilantro-carrot-green-chimichurri/

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Looking forward to seeing you at the market!

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 25 & 28 Market Preview

Tomatoes, potatoes,
& canned goods
Jeff's Produce
Last week brought a variety of weather during our market days, with Wednesday being beautiful and Saturday being another wet, chilly, & rainy morning!  Wednesday we had another large crowd, showing us that our new location is turning into quite the success!  Saturday we had to cancel our live food demonstration by Nap's Cucina Mia due to the weather, but the food demo is rescheduled for Saturday, July 12, mark your calendar (that's also a FULL day of events at the market)!  Let's hope for clear skies for both of our markets this week, and hopefully we see a larger crowd for Saturday!!

This week brings a new artist & musician group as well as a booked Community Tent. There will be no Kid's Tent this week. 
I will be out of town for a week starting this Saturday through Saturday, July 5, so the Kid's Tent will be absent for two weeks, sorry! We also did not scheduled the other tents, Artisan/Musician/Community, for Saturday July 5 due to the holiday weekend.  I will do my best to try and update the blog/newsletter/facebook page while I'm away, but note that the market is still going on even if you don't receive updates!!

Wednesday market favorite!
Vendors expected at the market this week!
3 Ponds Farm
Country Bread Barn
Eight Maples Farm 
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's 
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeffery Stauffer
Laney's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
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* (Check out GG Soap and Bath Products new vendor page to read their bio!)


Christopher Myers

Saturday's Event Schedule:
Community Tent: SNAP Outreach--SNAP Outreach coordinator Amber Book
Artisan Tent: Christopher Myers
Musician Tent: The Signature Vibe





Here's a brief list of some of the produce you'll find available at the market this week:
asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, lettuce, greens, mint, herbs, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, onions, beets, spinach, tomatoes, flowers, farm fresh eggs, pastries, and more!!

Strawberry hanging basket
3 Ponds Farm
*Strawberry season is coming to an end, buy some when you can! It's been a short season for these tasty berries due to our harsh winter and wet springtime weather*

Check out this delicious recipe for rhubarb bread, a great breakfast bread that we've been gobbling up all week!
Rhubarb Bread
And did you know that you can grill beets? Check out this quick and easy recipe for grilled beets, I've substituted feta cheese for ricotta, and I think goat cheese would go well too!
Grilled Beets
This recipe uses a handful of market produce from kale to tomatoes to onions, the fresher the better!
Kale & Tomato Pasta

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Monday, June 16, 2014

June 18 & 21 Market Preview

YMCA at the Kid's Tent our first Saturday
It's hard to believe this is already our third week in our 2014 season!  Our second Saturday was not as busy as we hoped, most likely due to the unusually chilly and rain threatening weather, but we hope this week brings warmer sun filled days!!
Healthy Harvest Gardener Michael Scott joined in
with our musicians last Saturday!
This week brings a new artist & musician, a IRMC dietitian featured in the Kid's Tent, and a LIVE FOOD DEMONSTRATION & samples at Saturday's market by Nap's Cucina Mia chef Nick Karas.  Last year when Karas prepared the live food demo it was quite the treat and crowd pleaser, so we are excited to see what delicious creation he comes up with this Saturday!
New to Wednesday's market for this week, we will be featuring returning artisan Chere Winnek-Shawer in our Artisan Tent.

Vendors expected at the market this week!
3 Ponds Farm
Country Bread Barn
Eight Maples Farm 
Flinn's Treasure Tree Nursery
GG Soap and Bath Products 
Healthy Harvest Gardener's (Saturday only)
Home Made Ice Cream (Wednesday only)
Jeffery Stauffer
Laney's Produce
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
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* (Check out The Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe, Inc.'s new vendor page to read their bio!)
Winnek-Shawer

Wednesday's Event Schedule:
Artisan:  Chere Winnek-Shawer








Miller
Saturday's Event Schedule:
Kid's Tent: IRMC Dietitian with healthy lifestyle handouts and activities, Lori Smith
Community Tent: Live Food Demonstration and Samples by Nap's Cucina Mia chef Nick Karas
Artisan Tent: Crystal Miller
Musician Tent: Alyssa Hankey

Here's a brief list of some of the produce you'll find available at the market this week:
asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, lettuce, greens, mint, herbs, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, onions, beets, spinach, tomatoes, flowers, farm fresh eggs, pastries, and more!!
Buy some of the produce above and try out some of these seasonally tasty recipes below:


Asparagus Frittata  
Spring Spinach Salad
Spinach Quiche

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Looking forward to seeing you at the market!