Monday, July 20, 2015

July 22 & 25

Did you know that all of our vendors grow Non-GMO seed?! You don't have to scan ingredient lists or trust labels at the market, just ask a farmer how it's grown and you'll get the answer straight!  Want to learn more about GMOs and labeling, check out the article shared at the end of this post...

We had a wonderful crowd with sunny skies this past Saturday and were excited to see Sleepy Hollow Orchard arrive with apples. They most likely won't be back for a couple of weeks while they wait for their next variety of apples to be ready to be picked, but it was a nice mid-July treat!  Us farmers are also happy to have dry, warm days ahead of us to get our crops where they should be this time of year, start expecting more and more tomatoes finally!!!

This Saturday you can expect three of our special tents to be booked with live music, a new-to-the-market artisan, and SNAP assistance in our Community Tent.  The market is overflowing with produce from every farmers' stand, this is the time to start buying in bulk your favorite canning items and cookout favorites. Start enjoying the tastes of summer while it's here!  

T. Gaston

Kid's Tent: 
Community Tent: Easy on-site SNAP assistance - Amber Book, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
Artisan Tent: Tyler Gaston - Woodworking
Musician Tent: Dan Stonerook



Some articles you may find interesting on food and agriculture:
GMO Food Fight Hits House Floor

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 15 & 18

What a wonderful market we had this past Saturday! You couldn't have asked for a more beautiful morning, and it helped to have awesomely delicious smells floating through the air coming from our Community Tent with Nick Karas cooking up unbelievably fresh dishes! We'd like to give a huge thanks to the Nap's Cucina Mia chef for coming to the market and preparing such wonderful dishes, and also thank you to our gracious vendors who donated goods for his presentation!  Not only were his dishes yummy, they looked really pretty too, that's what fresh foods can do!
Beautiful artwork and quintessential farmers market music also helped make Saturday a wonderful day at the market.
Our vendor numbers have been growing, and we are still expecting three more vendors to join us as we continue on with the season!



This Saturday you can expect three of our special tents to be booked with live music, an artist, and children's activities in our Kid's Tent!  We are hopeful that the weather will stay dry and we have another large crowd at the market both Wednesday and Saturday.  We are looking forward to seeing you!  




Kid's Tent: Indiana Garden Club with Jackie Gentile - making garden pet planters
Community Tent:
Artisan Tent: Sami Dancey Pancey - dreamcatchers
Musician Tent: Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta



Some articles you may find interesting on food and agriculture:
Bumblebee habitats are shrinking (an issue that affects us all!!!)

Monday, July 6, 2015

July 8 & 11

We are all thankful here for these few sunny days we've had, and hopefully this pattern will continue and dry out some of our vegetables in time for the market!
Our Wednesday market has been very well attended with our recent move closer to the road, and with the nice weather we've had on Wednesdays!  Saturday's haven't had the best of luck with the rain, but we have some exciting events this coming weekend and hope the weather stays clear!

This Saturday we will be featuring Nap's Cucina Mia chef Nick Karas who will be using fresh market goods to give a live food demonstration and pass out free samples!  This is an event that you don't want to miss, for the past three year Nick has been creating some delicious treats for the crowd and making it look so simple!!
Saturday we will also have live acoustic music by Joseph Dedon and a favorite artist duo from last year, Ashley Bouton and Tyler Rahl.


Remember to come early to the market to be sure you get your favorite produce and goods before they sell out!

We wanted to make a note that many of our farmers have been hit hard with the persistent rains this past June and into July.  You can check out a glimpse of the difficulties we've been facing here in the gazette article.  


Kid's Tent:
Community Tent:  Nick Karas - Live Food Demonstration (chef from Nap's Cucina Mia)
Artisan Tent: Ashley Bouton & Tyler Rahl
Musician Tent: Joseph Dedon

Some articles you may find interesting on food and agriculture:
5 Things to Know About 2, 4-D (article on commonly used pesticides)


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