Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week of September 13 & 16

There is a whole lot going on at the market this week (and all month), so I'm going to get right to it!

We had an exciting day last Saturday with the launch of our new Market booth accepting credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT.  We are excited to make shopping easier for our customers and to help increase access to fresh, local foods!  Thank you to our friends at the Center for Community Growth for being our partners in this effort and providing volunteers to staff the booth!  Read on for more details.


This week, there is more excitement on the way with a FULL lineup of special tents!  Bring the whole family - there will be something for everyone!

First, we welcome back Zepchild Barefoot Sandals to the Artisan Booth.  Stop by to shop handmade barefoot sandals, jewelry, and more!

The Community Tent features another chef demonstration from Josh Truitt of CH Fields Craft Kitchen (inside the Hilton Garden Inn).  CH Fields "believes in real food, grown and harvested by the good folks in our community who take care of their land for future generations."  Josh is a market favorite and is always cooking up something new and delicious!

Our Kids' Tent this week will be filled with students from IUP's Family and Consumer Sciences Program and some fun children's activities.

Finally, we welcome a new musician to the market!  Adam Fitz plays and sings soulful songs.  Hailing from Chicago, Fitz recently brought his rootsy originals and uniquely spun covers (known and unknown) to the Laurel Highlands of Western PA.  Today, Fitz is a father of two and works in a local school.  His life experiences have merged with the years on stage to produce an engaging performance filled with authenticity, depth, and an energetic, passionate performance.

Finally, S&T Bank will join us again to promote and sell tickets for The Best Slice of Indiana, a fundraiser benefiting the ICCAP Power Pack Program.


Whew, that's a lot of action for one Saturday!  We also hope you will...

SAVE THE DATE

Harvest for the Hungry
Saturday, September 30th 

On this day, customers can purchase extra produce and donate it at the Market Booth.  Donations will be delivered to the food bank at Zion Lutheran Church.  Help us fight hunger in our community!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for this event!  Please e-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you can help.  Assistance is needed with setup, cleanup, and staffing the booth.  You can volunteer 1 hour or all morning!

Finally, if you are as excited as we are about being able to use credit, debit, and EBT cards at the market, here is what you need to know:
  • Cards will be accepted at Saturday morning markets ONLY.
  • Participating vendors will post a sign in their booths stating that they accept market tokens.
  • When you arrive, visit the Market Information booth.  A volunteer will swipe your card and give you tokens.  
  • You can choose how much market money you want.  Credit/debit tokens are $1 each; SNAP tokens are $0.50 each.  
  • Credit/debit transactions include a small transaction fee to help us cover the cost of this service.  There are no fees for SNAP transactions
  • Spend your tokens like cash with participating vendors.  Note: Change cannot be given for purchases made with SNAP tokens.
  • Tokens do not expire.  If you do not spend your market money, you can use it next week, next month, or even next season!
While we hope that many shoppers will take advantage of this system, please remember that cash (especially in small bills) is still the preferred payment method for many of our market vendors!


See you at the market!

We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Now Accepting Credit, Debit, and SNAP/EBT!

BIG NEWS!!  This Saturday, we will begin accepting credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT cards at our Saturday markets!  This is such an exciting time for the market, and we are looking forward to make shopping easier for our customers while helping increase access to fresh, local foods!

Here is what you need to know about using cards at the Market:
  • Cards will be accepted at Saturday morning markets ONLY.
  • Participating vendors will post a sign in their booths stating that they accept market tokens.
  • When you arrive, visit the Market Information booth.  A volunteer will swipe your card and give you tokens.  
  • You can choose how much market money you want.  Credit/debit tokens are $1 each; SNAP tokens are $0.50 each.
  • Spend your tokens like cash with participating vendors.  Note: Change cannot be given for purchases made with SNAP tokens.
  • Tokens do not expire.  If you do not spend your market money, you can use it next week, next month, or even next season!
While we hope that many shoppers will take advantage of this system, please remember that cash (especially in small bills) is still the preferred payment method for many of our market vendors!

This program is made possible by a partnership with the Center for Community Growth.  The Center actively engages people of diverse philosophies, faiths, and backgrounds to work together to form a more fair, equitable, and sustainable community.

The Market has also received support from Fresh Access.  Thank you!

This Saturday, we welcome Ruth Barkey to the Artisan Tent.  She creates figurines and other items from Sculpey clay.  Many of her newest pieces have a harvest or Halloween theme, so be sure to check them out!


We also welcome S&T Bank to the market.  For the next 3 weeks, they will be selling tickets to The Best Slice of Indiana, a fundraiser benefiting the ICCAP Power Pack Program.

Finally, when you finish shopping the Market Saturday, be sure to stop by the Northern Applachian Folk Festival,  happening in downtown Indiana all weekend!

See you at the market!



We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

Want our weekly blog posts send straight to your inbox?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week of August 30 & September 2

Welcome back IUP!!  Can you believe September is already here?  Don't worry, there is still plenty of time to enjoy fresh, local produce and everything else that the market has to offer.

If you are new to Indiana or returning after a summer away, please stop by to see us.  There is always something new to discover!

Thank you to Zepchild Barefoot Sandals and the Center for Community Growth for sharing their time with us last week.

The Market is OPEN during fair week during our regular hours.

This Saturday, we welcome Courtney Scanlan-Lewis to the Artisan Tent.  She specializes in homemade wooden items, including many children's items.

Did you know...
September is Local Foods Month?!

Here are some great suggestions for supporting local foods from the Mother Nature Network:

  • Pick your own (e.g. apples, pumpkins)
  • Go gleaning
  • Plant some fall crops
  • Keep buying from your farmers' market
  • Have dinner on a farm
  • Don't forget the wine and beer!  Support local wineries and breweries
More suggestions for celebrating local foods this month on our Facebook page.


Finally...BIG NEWS about changes coming to the market

We will soon be accepting SNAP/EBT and credit and debit cards at our Saturday morning market!
We will keep you updated on start dates and details of this program in the near future!

Remember to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date market information.

See you at the market!



We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

Want our weekly blog posts send straight to your inbox?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Week of August 23 & 26

Thanks to all who came out for Pollinator Day!  We had beautiful weather, a market FULL of vendors, and lots of happy shoppers.

Special thanks to the Indiana County Master Gardeners and Indiana PA Honey Bee for sharing their knowledge and resources about protecting and supporting our pollinator friends!


This Saturday, we welcome back Zepchild Barefoot Sandals to the Artisan Tent.  Come by to shop handmade jewelry, barefoot sandals and more.

Be sure to also stop in and chat with folks from the Center for Community Growth in - you guessed it - the Community Tent.  The Center works to lead individuals and organizations in and around Indiana County advancing social, racial, LGBTQIA, economic, and environmental justice.

Remember to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date market information.

See you at the market!


We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

Want our weekly blog posts send straight to your inbox?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pollinator Day is Here!

Can you believe we are already halfway through the market season?!  It has been a great first half, but the best is yet to come!

We are looking forward to Pollinator Day this Saturday as well as a big announcement coming soon!

This week, we celebrate the little critters that make so many of our favorite market foods possible - Pollinators!  Join us at the market this Saturday as we learn more about butterflies, bees, and how to support their habitats and populations.

Visit the Community Tent to speak with Master Gardeners about pollinator-friendly gardening, andIndiana PA Honey Bee.  There will even be live observation hives to check out!  Finally, bring the kids by the Market Information booth for fun facts and storytime.
be sure to stop by the Artisan Tent to learn all about bees and beekeeping with

Be sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about our events and other market happenings.  Big changes are on the way!

See you at the market!


We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

Want our weekly blog posts send straight to your inbox?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Week of August 9 & 12

Don't let the cool weather of this past week fool you - we are in the height of the summer growing season!  We are seeing great quantity and variety of summer favorites like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, squash, melons, and more.  There is always something new to discover!

We are taking a little break with our special tents this week but will be back in action next week for Pollinator Day!  Read on for more details on this event.

This week also brings the final days to fill out our Market Survey.  Thank you to those who have already given your feedback.  If you haven't had a chance to fill one out yet, please do.  It is short and sweet, but a couple minutes of  your time make a huge difference for us!  The online survey closes at 8:00 p.m. this Friday, August 11th.


Save the Date!

Pollinator Day - Saturday, August 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Join us as we celebrate the little critters that help make so many of our favorite foods possible - Pollinators!!

We are excited to have the Indiana County Master Gardeners and Indiana PA Honey Bee as our featured guests.


See you at the Market!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Market Week of August 2 & 5

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  
Customer Appreciation Day was so much fun, the sun was shining, and we had a great turnout!  Huge thanks to all who participated, and most of all to you - our customers - we wouldn't be here without you!

In addition to 16 of your favorite local vendors, we were also excited to have artist Tyler Gaston, chef Josh Truitt of CH Fields Craft Kitchen, face painting by players of the Indiana Women's Flag Football League, and live music by Danny Haynes!

Our generous vendors also gave so much fresh produce, canned goods, baked goods, meats, and lip balm that we were able to give away three amazing baskets in our drawing.  Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Special thanks to our vendors who offered special promotions or sampling in their own booths, including 3 Ponds Farm, Mahoning Creek Farm, Mother Earth Farm, Uncle Henry's Garden, and Yarnick's Farm.


This week will be a little more low-key, but there is still oh so much fresh produce - we are really getting into the height of the season.

Saturday, we welcome Fair Districts PA to the Community Tent.  They are a nonpartisan, citizen-led statewide coalition working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair.  Stop by to see what they're working on.

This week, we also continue our Market Survey.  We want to make our market the best we can, and you can help by sharing your feedback and ideas!  The survey is available online or in person at this Saturday's market in the Market Information Booth.

Finally, we welcome yet another new vendor to the market - Bake & Brew.  She will be offering gluten-free and vegan baked goods along with locally roasted cold brew coffee and sweet tea.

Now...on to our product of the week - ZUCCHINI  
Zucchini is abundant this time of year, and I'm sure any farmer can share creative ways to use it.  But did you know these...

Fun Facts:
  • A zucchini has more potassium than a banana
  • One zucchini has just 25 calories
  • Zucchini are a member of the gourd family
  • Zucchini were first brought to the U.S. in the 1920s by the Italians
  • The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized
  • The world's largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long and weighed 65 pounds!
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If you are looking for a new, simple way to enjoy these summer squash, try this recipe for a zucchini pasta salad.  You can find the squash, herbs, and garlic at the market!

I also have a couple bonus recipes to share, courtesy of a couple of our vendors - Basil Blueberry Mojitos (shared by Longview Farm) and Lamb in Grape Leaves (shared by the Spades).  Enjoy!



Before I leave you, please keep in mind as the season goes on:

Due to health and safety regulations, no animals are permitted on the market premises with the exception of service animals.  
We appreciate your help in keeping the market clean and safe for everyone.  

Many of us at the market are dog lovers, too, but we kindly ask that you leave your furry friends at home.  Thanks!


See you at the market!

We are still scheduling for our special tents through the end of September.  If you are an artist, musician, or are involved with a community organization or kids' group, e-mail us at indianafarmmarket@gmail.com if you'd like to participate!

Want our weekly blog posts sent straight to your inbox?  E-mail indianafarmmarket@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.