Monday, August 4, 2014

Market Preview August 6 & 9

This week is National Farmers Market week, and a way to celebrate is to come out and support your local farmers market! You can go to this website and pledge to spend money at the Indiana County Farmers' Market and receive a free "No Farms No Food" bumper sticker for pledging, and then take the next step and come on out to our Wednesday and Saturday markets and shop locally!! I Love My Farmers Market celebration!

As promised here is what you can expect at our annual Customer Appreciation Day, this year scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 9:00-noon.  Our taste testing event this year will feature a produce favorite that is as versatile in taste as it is in ways to prepare it, but we like it raw the best. It comes in many colors, green, yellow, red, orange, purple, and more! It even has it's own scale for heat, that's right, it's peppers!!  From hot to sweet, we'll have the freshest peppers around for you to sample, along with pepper relish from Natalie's Goodies and bread and cucumbers from Country Bread Barn and 3 Ponds Farm to help soothe your mouth if you dare to try a hot one!!!  Along with the samples, we will be giving away Indiana County Farmers' Market reusable shopping bags to the first 100 market customers filled with a PA produce cookbook, market recipes, and buying local handouts! We will also have a giveaway of a market basket full of market goods from participating vendors!! There will be face painting in the Kid's Tent by the 2013 Indiana County Fair Queen, and music duo Christian and Taylor will be back performing. It should be a wonderful event, so come early and stay awhile, thank you for supporting your local farmers' market!!

Last Saturday at the market we saw two groups of children participate in yoga demonstrated by Ed Stancombe of Sunflower Yoga Studios.  In our Community Tent the First UU Church raised awareness and money for their Stop Hunger campaign, and we had a nice turnout of customers on the beautifully sunny morning.

This Saturday at the market we will have the Indiana Garden Club in our Kid's Tent with some take home garden goodies for our children customers! Our Community Tent will feature the Seed Bank where you can learn more about their mission and the seed swap they are planning!! And our Artisan Tent will feature two artists who were here at the very beginning of the market season, Ashely Bouton and Tyler Rahl, be sure to stop by and check out their awesome paintings!!
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) *absent this week*
Jeff's Produce
Milk & Honey Bake Shoppe (Saturday only)
Natalie's Goodies
Peterson Produce
Sleepy Hollow Orchard (currently Wednesday only)
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: Seed Bank
Kid's Tent: Indiana Garden Club
Artist Tent:  Ashely Bouton and Tyler Rahl
Musician Tent: TBD

One of our vendors, Janet Huber, had customers who were interested in ways to prepare zucchini, so here is a recipe that she had from her mother, a zucchini casserole that uses a lot of other market produce along with the famed zucchini!  Zucchini Casserole

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