Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week of July 27 & 30

You're the best!  We love our customers, and the market would be nothing without you!  Allow us to show our appreciation this Saturday, July 30th at our annual Customer Appreciation Day!  Read on for event details.

Last week, we welcomed the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to the Wednesday market, where they shared information on the SNAP program, as well as lots of healthy (and  yummy-looking) recipes.

We had a full lineup of special tents on Saturday and enjoyed music by Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta, yoga sessions with TriYoga of Indiana, handmade accessories by Zepchild Barefoot Sandals, and a fun nature-themed trivia game by the Children's Advisory Council of Indiana County.  Be sure to check out their Family Nature Palooza event coming up in August.

On Saturday, we also welcomed back Sleepy Hollow Orchard and enjoyed the first round of fresh, locally-grown apples.


This week, it is all about you - our loyal customers!  We hope you will join us for our regular Wednesday market and again Saturday for the 2016 Customer Appreciation Day event.  Below is the current lineup for the festivities:

  • Chef demonstrations by Josh Truitt of Coventry Inn - just a couple of his planned dishes include shredded zucchini salad and kale pesto with ground pork from Mahoning Creek Farm
  • Artisan Tyler Gaston - Hand-crafted wooden goods for the home
  • Kids' books and games with the Indiana Free Library
  • Music by Dan Stonerook - Unique blend of classic rock, folk, and blues
  • Sauerkraut workshops with Kendra Fairman
  • Market giveaways, drawings, and more!
Some of our vendors are joining the fun as well, including lamb samples, coupons, and promotional recipe booklets at Mahoning Creek Farm - paid in part by the American Lamb Board.

Sauerkraut demonstrations will be ongoing through the morning, with 15-minute workshops scheduled for 10:00 and 11:00.  If you wish to participate in the workshop, please bring a head of cabbage (available from several market farmers) and a quart jar.  You may also purchase a jar at the booth for $1.  Go home with a jar of your own ready-to-ferment sauerkraut!

Stop by the market booth and test your luck in a FREE drawing for market goodies!  The more you shop, the more entries you can earn!

Be sure to follow our Facebook event for more Customer Appreciation Day updates!


The Indiana Free Library offers programs for children of all ages throughout the year, providing a fun environment to teach early literacy skills through books, songs, hand rhymes, and crafts.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Week of July 20 & 23

It was a hot one this week, but that didn't stop our amazing vendors from showing up with smiling faces and the very best produce around!  We are seeing more variety each week now, and there is lots of other activity in our special tents, too.  Bring the whole family, a friend, or just yourself and see what the market has to offer!

Last week, we enjoyed delicious, healthy snack samples from Indiana Regional Medical Center at the Wednesday market.  IRMC also joined us on Saturday with information about Urgi-Care services, and Jeremy Vinson shared his talents with us in the musician tent.

We also welcomed yet another new vendor to the market this season - Stutzman Farms.  You may know them for their u-pick blueberries, and now you can buy fresh-picked berries at the farmers' market too!  As we are in the height of blueberry season right now, they are also our featured vendors of the week.


This week, you can look forward to blood pressure screenings from Beacon Ridge and SNAP Outreach information from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on Wednesday and a full lineup of special tents at the Saturday market.

In addition to the delicious summer veggies we have already seen at the market, more and more tomatoes are on the way.  Thank you to IRMC for sharing these delicious recipe ideas.

Special Tents:
Artisan Tent:  Zepchild Barefoot Sandals - Handmade jewelry, barefoot sandals, and more!
Community Tent:  TriYoga - Julie Means will lead TriYoga flows at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30.  We'll focus on the Air element, and flow through a short standing sequence, accessible to all - really!  No mats or other props necessary.
Kids' Tent:  Children's Advisory Commission of Indiana County
Musician Tent:  Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta

Save the Date!
Customer Appreciation Day is July 30th!  You can look forward to live local music, art, chef, demo, and much more!  Follow our Facebook event for updates!


TriYoga® is a flowing style of yoga that connects movement, breath, and focus.  With rhythmic pacing, relaxation-in-action, spinal movements and economy of motion, TriYoga® creates strength, flexibility, and inner calm. 

The Children's Advisory Commission (CAC) examines the needs of families and children in Indiana County and attempts to meet these needs through collaborative human service programs, family friendly events, and information sharing to the general public.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Week of July 13 & 16

Things are really heating up at the market - in more ways than one!  We enjoyed lots of sunshine and warm weather at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets this week.  And, as more and more produce comes into season, we are also seeing more vendors at the Wednesday afternoon market.

If you haven't been by in a while, now is a great time to check it out again!  Wednesday  markets are located in the large parking lot on Wayne Avenue, across from the KCAC from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Last week, we welcomed back Eight Maples Farm for the season.  They sell beautiful potted plants and flowers, as well as produce.  I am already looking forward to their delicious watermelons!

Saturday, shoppers had the opportunity to register to vote in our community tent, courtesy of the PA Democratic Party.

This week, we will have Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) in our community tent sharing information about Urgi-Care and other services.

In produce, we are starting to see more cucumbers, squash, and other summer veggies.  Blueberries and sweet corn are here, too!  Don't forget - Commonplace Coffee is at the market every Saturday this month, and their iced coffee is perfect for a hot July day.

Our weekly vendor spotlight is on Country Bread Barn.  They offer a variety of freshly baked treats, including breads, pies, gobs, sticky buns, and more.  Yum!




Special Tents:
Community Tent:  Indiana Regional Medical Center

Save the Date!  
Customer Appreciation Day is July 30th!  You can look forward to live local music, art, chef demo, and much more!  Follow our Facebook event for updates!



The mission of IRMC is to improve the health and well-being of our community through the coordinated delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and compassionate care.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Week of July 6 & 9

We hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July and had a chance to celebrate our Independence with some delicious food from the market!  There is still plenty of time left to find your favorite summer recipes!

Last week, we welcomed back Chere Winnek-Shawer and her beautiful handmade jewelry and enjoyed music by Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta, featuring Doc Pober on the harps - complete with audience seating!  We also learned more about the International Friendship Program and found homes for many deserving plants thanks to the Indiana Garden Club.


Eden Apiaries, Commonplace Coffee, and Nature Works Farm joined our incredible lineup of vendors this week.


This week, we continue with yoga for kids of all ages, handmade fashions from Dancey Pancey, and even more new vendors and produce.  Sweet corn is here!  Also, keep an eye out for fresh blueberries, zucchini, cucumbers, and maybe even some black raspberries!

Our featured vendor this week is Uncle Henry's Garden.  They are new to the market this year and our first Certified Naturally Grown vendor.  Read on to learn more about Stanley & Swana's farm and certification.


Special Tents for this week include:

Artisan Tent:  Dancey Pancey - Handmade, one-of-a-kind upcycled clothing, jewelry, and accessories
Kids' Tent:  Yoga with Ed Stancombe of Sunflower Yoga - open to "kids" of all ages!

Interested in learning more about what it means to be Certified Naturally Grown?  Visit their website to find out more.


See you at the market!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Week of June 29 & July 2

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's kids' day!  From community groups who provided fantastic activities, vendors who joined in the fun with displays and activities in their own booths, and of course the families that came to enjoy it all...we couldn't have done it without all of you!

Last week's kids' activities included face painting by the ladies of the Indiana Women's Flag Football League, matching game and coloring sheets with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, garden-themed rock painting with the Indiana Community Garden, and music by the kids, courtesy of the Indiana Free Library.  Our vendors shared in the spirit of kids' day with a live bee display, scavenger hunt, and more!


This week, we are back to business as usual, but that doesn't mean it won't be exciting.  You can expect even more fresh produce, new vendors, and a full line-up in our special tents!

We are  happy to announce that Commonplace Coffee is joining the market!  You can find them each Saturday in July serving up their own freshly-roasted coffee.  Sounds delicious along with some tasty market baked goods!
In produce, snap peas are here, and there will also be loads of garlic on the way.  Blueberries are coming soon, as well.  Yum!

Our featured vendor this week is Hubers' 3 Ponds Farm.  This is their 9th season selling delicious produce, flowers and potted plants at the Indiana County Farmers' Market.  Stop by and say hello!

Our special tents will be full again this Saturday:

Artisan Tent:  Chere Winnek-Shawer - handmade jewelry
Kids' Tent:  Indiana Garden Club 
Musician Tent:  Texas Ted & Jenna Vendetta, featuring Doc Pober

Getting ready for the 4th of July?  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for recipes and ideas using your favorite market produce!  Here's one to get  you started:

Farmers' Market Sliders - Burgers topped with grilled zucchini, squash, fresh tomatoes and basil.  Don't forget to grill extra zucchini to enjoy on it's own!



The International Friendship Program is a program of IUP's Office of International Education.  The program seeks to promote international understanding by matching local community members with international students and scholars attending IUP.

The Indiana Garden Club is a service and social organization devoted to gardening, horticulture and flower arranging.  Among other projects, the club plants and maintains four civic garden sites throughout the community, as well as two beds at the Indiana Community Garden.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Week of June 22 & 25

Kids' Day is coming!  Bring the whole family out Saturday for a morning of fun for all ages!  Read
on for more details about some of the activities we have planned.

Last week, we enjoyed music from Texas Ted and Jenna Vendetta, featuring Doc Pober, and Kathy Tangren sold beautiful hand-woven rugs in the artisan tent!


We are getting into the regular market groove and are so excited about our vendors and amazing customers this season!  We so appreciate everyone who comes out to shop the market.  Some of our vendors have even been selling out by the end of the market, but have no fear - you can expect even more variety and quantity of produce as the season goes on.  The best is yet to come!!

This week, we are also highlighting one of our new vendors this season - Lone Oak Farm.  Lone Oak has been run by the Simpson family in Marion Center for four generations!  Stop by and say hello!


Next week is going to be a big one!  We hope you will join us for our regular Wednesday market and then come check out the fun of Kids' Day on Saturday.  All of our special tents will be filled with activities for kids of all ages, and some of our vendors will be participating, as well.  Here is just some of what you can look forward to:

Artisan Tent:  Indiana Women's Flag Football League - face painting
Community Tent: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - SNAP Outreach - food group matching game and coloring sheets
Kids' Tent:  Indiana Community Garden - garden-themed rock painting
Musician Tent:  Indiana Free Library - instruments and songs

Sharing the farmers' market with your kids can have many benefits, including opportunity for conversation and learning about where our food comes from, how it is grown, and what goes into making a meal.  It's also a great way for kids to experience first-hand the seasons of foods, learn to identify a wide variety of fruits and veggies, and try something new!

Need a little help getting started?  Here are some helpful tips to shopping the market with children.


The Indiana Women's Flag Football League was established in 2015 and has expanded to 6 teams for it's second season.  It is a non-contact flag football league open to all women ages 21 and up.

The Indiana Community Gardens are located in Mack Park and bring a wide range of benefits to many people while promoting health, education, enjoyment, and a sense of community.

The mission of the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.

The Indiana Free Library offers programs for children of all ages throughout the year, providing a fun environment to teach early literacy skills through books, songs, hand rhymes, and crafts.  Summer programs emphasizing exercise and healthy eating are happening now through July 28th.





Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Week of June 15 & 18

This week marked the opening of our Wednesday market, and a little wind couldn't keep our shoppers away!  We also welcomed another new vendor this week - Fat Radish Farm of Commodore.  Mahnoning Creek Farm, Peterson Produce, and the Country Bread Barn returned for the first time this season, as well.  Remember to check out our "About the Farmers/Vendors" page to learn more about all of our vendors.

Thank you to the Food Co-op of Indiana, PA for helping lead the discussion about increasing access to local foods in our community and to Christian and Taylor for creating adding even more fun to the market atmosphere with their music!

Next week, we are happy to have IRMC join our Wednesday market with free health screenings.  They will alternate weeks throughout the season with Beacon Ridge, who have provided blood pressure screenings at past markets.  What better way to improve your health than with some fresh market air and delicious, local fruits and veggies?

Saturday, our artisan tent will be occupied by Kathy Tangren and her beautiful handmade rugs.

Most weeks this season, we will highlight one of our vendors.  One of the greatest things about shopping at your local farmers' market is getting to know the people who grow and produce your food, so these spotlights will provide just a little extra information to get you started!


Save the Date:  Kids' Day is coming up in two weeks on, Saturday, June 25th!  Our special tents will be filled with fun activities for all ages, including gardening and music activities and free face painting!  Bring the whole family!