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City Market’s Original Farmers Market Opens May 7

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment
Original Farmers Market

Original Farmers Market. Photo provided by the Indianapolis City Market and used with written permission.

By Stevi Stoesz
Indianapolis City Market
http://indycm.com/

Just as the asparagus, sweet pea and broccoli sprouts peek through tilled fields throughout central Indiana, City Market officials are preparing for the launch of the 17th annual Original Farmers’ Market season set to begin May 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. The downtown market runs every Wednesday, May through October, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Alabama and Delaware Streets rain or shine.

“Mark your calendar, grab your market basket and join the more than 60 Original Farmers’ Market vendors for a great season of fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, syrups, vegetable starts,  flowers, baked goods and more!” said Stevi Stoesz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis City Market. “We have a record number of vendors who will set up on City Market’s Whistler Plaza, as well as all of the great vendors who line Market Street.”

In its 17 years, the Original Farmers’ Market has helped to sustain the state’s food and farming community by providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms and local producers, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MATCHING PROGRAM EXPANDS TO INCLUDE MORE MARKETS

The Fresh Bucks program enables those who use SNAP benefits to double their spending dollars up to $20 on Indiana-native fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs and spices, maple syrup, and seedlings for edible plants.  The program’s expansion to include several area markets was made possible through a Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

NEW VENDORS

The Original Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome several new vendors to the Original Farmers’ Market family this year:

Craneberry Farm (Lafayette, IN) – Produce, pesto, variety of hummus flavors.
www.craneberryfarm.com

Harker Family Farms & Orchard (Waldron, IN) – Peaches, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries.
http://www.facebook.com/harkerfamilyfarms

Home Ec (Indianapolis, IN) – jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney, pickles and relish.

Husk (Indianapolis) – Frozen sweet corn, frozen green beans, frozen peas.
www.huskfoods.com

Indiana Microgreens (Indianapolis, IN) – Single breed arugula, basil, cilantro, cress, fennel, mache, popcorn shoots, custom salad blends.
www.facebook.com/inmicro

Indy Family Produce (Greenwood, IN) – Lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, leeks, beets, peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, zucchini, cucumber, eggplants.
www.indyfamilyproduce.com

Lick (Indianapolis, IN) – Specialty ice creams.
Lickicecream.tumblr.com.

Sage’s Simple Syrups (Whitestown, IN) – Lime/mint, cucumber/basil, guava, mango/ginger, peach/lavender, coffee/vanilla bean, roasted apple, cranberry, spiced pumpkin simple syrups.
www.sagessimplesyrups.com

Scratch Street Food (Indianapolis, IN) – Bacon Marmalade.
www.scratchtruck.com

Shamrock Farms (Arlington, IN) – Mushrooms, greens mixes, watermelon, potatoes, cabbage.

Tulip Tree Creamery (Zionsville, IN) – Artisan cheeses.
www.tuliptreecreamery.com

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

  •        BUY TWO GIVE ONE

In collaboration with Gleaners Food Bank, the Original Farmers’ Market will accept donations of produce items every Wednesday at the OFM information booth located directly in front the City Market on Market Street. The collected produce will be distributed through Wheeler Mission.

  •        MARKET DAY MUSIC

The Market District Stage on City Market’s Whistler Plaza comes alive every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. when local musical and performing acts take the stage to entertain market-goers.

  •        LITTLE RED DOOR COOKING DEMOS

The first Wednesday of each month, Little Red Door Cancer Agency hosts a local celebrity in the Clark Appliance Demonstration Kitchen in City Market demonstrating healthy cooking techniques featuring cancer-fighting ingredients as well as recipes that provide countless healthy benefits to those in remission. Demos begin at 11:30 a.m.

  •        IN THE KITCHEN SERIES

The “In the Kitchen” series boasts local chefs from the area’s top restaurants who shop for product at both the Original Farmers’ Market and inside City Market, then prepare a meal for an audience. Market-goers will leave with a recipe provided by the presenting chef. Demonstrations occur during lunchtime on all but the first Wednesdays of the month, through October.

The Indianapolis City Market is a non-profit organization, and the Original Farmers’ Market was established in 1997 to provide a platform for local producers to sell their Indiana products directly to consumers. For further information, call 317-634-9266, visit our Web site at www.indycm.com, our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/IndyCM?ref=ts or follow us on Twitter @IndyCM.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2014

January 26, 2014 Leave a comment

The Big Peach Farm Market in Knox County, Indiana

July 9, 2013 2 comments
The Big Peach Farm Market

The Big Peach Farm Market in Knox County, Indiana.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/

The Big Peach gets its name honestly!

The Big Peach gets its name honestly!

When I was a youngster back in the dark ages, we used to make a few trips annually to Evansville, Indiana, because my brother was a student at the University of Evansville (and later my sister and I would enroll there, too). Back then it was more than a four-hour drive from home, so we always looked for good places to stop along the way. We found a great one!

The Big Peach is an Amish farm market on US Highway 41 about 6-7 miles north of Vincennes, Indiana, in Knox County. I love to stop there each summer for the wonderful fresh produce, the gorgeous peaches, the best peach preserves you will ever taste, and a huge variety of products and gifts. With no disrespect to anyone else, THIS is my favorite farm market in Indiana, and has been for about FIVE decades now.

It only takes one visit to get you hooked on this place. As soon as we would get on Highway 41 south of Sullivan, the kids in the car would start looking for that giant peach and corn cob that marks the spot of The Big Peach. Hard to miss, for sure (as you can see in the photo above), but the anticipation in our vehicle was palpable.

There’s just something about stepping into this market that is an immediate throwback to my childhood. It conjures up all the memories of days gone by when our family was still together as a family and our parents were still living. In some ways nothing has changed at The Big Peach over the years, and I like it that way. In other ways it quietly keeps up with the times with items like Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts souvenirs and gifts.

Inside The Big Peach Farm Market

Inside The Big Peach Farm Market.

So as you may have guessed by now, I stopped by for my annual visit last Friday. And even though I was traveling alone on this occasion instead of with a vehicle full of family, the same rush of memories came flooding back into my head. In particular, my mother simply loved this place. We about had to drag her out to the car once she got inside, because she didn’t want to leave. She would have wandered back and forth around that little market for hours if she could. She was particularly fond of their beautiful tomatoes, fresh corn, and the melons.

In my mind, the peach preserves at The Big Peach are simply the best you will ever taste. And I don’t understand why you can’t buy peaches or tomatoes this good at your local grocery store. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I simply have to make a trip to Knox County every summer for the peaches, the experience, and the nostalgia.

On this occasion I had more travel plans and visits for the day that would have meant any fresh produce would be stuck in my hot car for several hours, so I simply brought home a few jars of the delicious peach preserves. It probably won’t surprise anyone, therefore, to learn that peaches are absolutely my favorite fruit, in whatever form they may take, from Snapple Peach iced tea to my sister-in-law’s incredible Cream Cheese Peach Pie to the wonderful fresh peaches at The Big Peach.

I’m confident that many Hoosiers who live in Knox County or southwestern Indiana can attest to what I have said herein. If you’ve never experienced a visit to this rural farm market, I hope you get the chance someday soon. In my humble opinion, The Big Peach is one of the best reasons to take Highway 41 to Evansville instead of I-69.

The Big Peach is located at 7738 North US Highway 41, officially with a Bruceville, Indiana address, I think. The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to October. To the best of my knowledge, there is no Web site for The Big Peach, but for more information, you can call 812-324-2548. The Vincennes/Knox County CVB has a page on their Web site with an overview of The Big Peach: http://www.vincennescvb.org/attractions/1/agritourism/75/the-big-peach.

Peach Preserves at The Big Peach.

Peach Preserves at The Big Peach.

ABOVE: All photos (c) 2013, AroundIndy.com, LLC. All rights reserved.

Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market at Military Park, June 22-23

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Military Park

Military Park in White River State Park, Indianapolis.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art hosts its 21st annual Indian Market and Festival at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis today and tomorrow, June 22-23, 2013. The festival is open from 10 am to 5 pm both days.

The Indian Market is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, featuring over 150 Native American fine artists, performers, food vendors, and demonstrators.

Admission: Adults 18 and older: $10 at the gate. Museum members: $8. Advance sale tickets available at Marsh Stores and the Eiteljorg Museum for $8. Youth 17 and under are free. Ticket prices include same-day museum admission.

The Eiteljorg Museum is located at 500 West Washington Street in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Military Park is located directly north of the museum on the other side of the Central Canal.

For more information, visit http://www.eiteljorg.org/explore/festivals-and-events/indian-market-festival, or call 317-636-9378 or 800-622-2024.

 

June 2013 Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22.
Photo provided by Visit Bloomington and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren
Visit Bloomington
http://visitbloomington.com/

Welcome to Bloomington!

After a very rainy, cold, and rather snowy spring, the sun has finally decided to visit Bloomington! The official first day of summer is quickly approaching and many visitors and residents could not be happier. Many of the students may have said their goodbyes to their beloved college town for a few months, but Bloomington is still bursting with activities. Summer in Bloomington is a fantastic time to explore what the city has to offer and an especially good time to showcase the arts.

No matter when you visit this summer, you’ll find numerous events on campus with the IU Summer Festival of the Arts. Events include dance, visual art, music, cinema, and theatre—there is never a quiet day in this artsy little city. From attending a concert at the Musical Arts Center to exploring an exhibit at the Mathers Museum, there is a variety of things to see, hear, and do.

Bloomington is packed with traditions when it comes to unique dining experiences but it is also filled with many hidden treasures. Come explore the annual Taste of Bloomington on June 22 to find your new favorite. The festival will also host live performances and children’s activities. Luckily for visitors, the 32nd annual Arts Fair on the Square will showcase over 60 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the very same day. Art activities will be provided for kids while artwork and entertainment will be on display for adults. Prepare yourselves for an entertaining and delicious day, filled with arts, crafts, and the best food that Bloomington has to offer.

Although the Gallery Walk is open all year round, this June marks its 10th anniversary. Located downtown, this self-guided tour includes eleven galleries, all in walking distance from each other. The Gallery Walk hosts local artists, as well as regional, national, international, and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. This impressive tour is great for a refreshing date night or a less-than-ordinary night out with friends.

If you thought June was already exciting, get this: it is also Limestone Month! Don’t know much about limestone? No need to worry—you can learn about all the interesting fragments of limestone at one of the several events hosted this month. Exciting events offered include: a tour of the Victor Oolitic quarry, an architectural tour of the IU campus, The Art of Indiana Limestone exhibit, the 17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium, and many more exhibits and presentations that are sure to rock.

Also in June is the Limestone Comedy Festival, June 6-8, featuring nationally known comedians like Tig Notaro and Maria Bamford, plus some of Bloomington’s favorites. This three-day comedy festival will be held at various venues throughout downtown Bloomington. If you are into comedy, this is one festival you do not want to miss this summer.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week!  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to VisitBloomington.com.

June 2013

Ongoing Events:

Songwriters Showcase
Every Monday, 8 pm
Player’s Pub, 812-334-2080

Lunch Concerts Series
Every Tuesday, 11:30 am
People’s Park

Beer School at Yogi’s
Every Tuesday, 7 pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar, 812-323-9644

Free Live Entertainment
Every Friday, 9 pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, 812-824-4040

Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3738

Brewery Tours
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Upland’s Production Brewery, 812-336-2337

Misguided Comedy Tours of Bloomington
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Various locations, 812-322-2211

Picnics at Creekbend
Every Second  Sunday, 1 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

Yoga in the Atrium
Every Saturday, 11:30 am
Fine Arts  Plaza, 812-855-5445

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday, 7:30 pm
Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Fridays at Third Street Park Concerts
Every Friday, 6:30 pm
Third Street Park, 812-349-3725

HiStory Time
Third Thursday of every month, 10:30 am
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517 ext. 3

Special Events:

Amazing Avians: A Live Bird Show
June 1-2, 11 am & 1 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Roller Derby
June 1, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical
June 1, 7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

The Dance Center Spring Recital
June 2, 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

The Limestone Comedy Festival
June 6-8
Downtown Bloomington venues, 812-336-LAFF

First Friday Evening Science of Art: Limestone Carving
June 7, 5 pm
WonderLab

The Art of Indiana Limestone Exhibit
June 7, 5 pm
The Fell

Oliver Winery’s Tunes on the Terrace: The Rigbys
June 7, 7:30 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

A Fair of the Arts
June 8, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3725

Victor Oolitic Quarry Tour
June 8, 9:30 am
Bloomington Visitors Center, 812-334-8900

Back to the Future: Mid-Century Modern Home Tour
June 8, 1 pm
First United Methodist Church, 800-450-4534

Timeless Fashion
June 8, 2pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

UpCup
June 8, 5 pm
Upland Brew Pub, 812-336-2337 ext. 209

Roller Derby
June 8, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

New Wave Night- ‘80s Dance Party!!
June 8, 10 pm
The Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Who’s Bad
June 8, 9:00 pm
Bluebird Nightclub, 812-339-8984

Thrive in Love: Weekend Workshop
June 8-9, 9:30 am
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, 812-825-3704

Charlotte’s Web
June 8-23, 7 pm; plus 2 pm Saturday & Sunday
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 812-323-3020

The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington presents Old Wicked Songs
June 8-15, 7:30 pm Thursday & Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Bloomington Playwrights Project

“Foreign Affairs, Domestic Intrigue”: A Concert of Songs and Duets from Broadway & Opera
June 9, 2 pm
Fairview United Methodist Church, 917-449-5284

Dining with Doug and Karen!
June 9, 1:30 pm
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-5233

17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium
June 9-15
Bybee Stone Co., 812-824-8845

Touch a Truck
June 12, 12 am
Twin Lakes Sports Park parking lot, 812-349-3718

Frances Ha
June 13-17, 9:30 pm Thursday; 7 pm Sunday & Monday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Architectural Tour of the IU Campus
June 14, 2 pm
Sample Gates, 800-800-0037

Festival Orchestra – Arthur Fagen, Conductor: Menahem Pressler, Piano
June 14, 8 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

National Ham Radio Kids’ Day
June 15, 1 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Build Your Own Radio Workshop
June 15, 2 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Summer Music Clinic Final Concert
June 15, 1 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

The Mountain Goats
June 15, 8 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

Chris Cagle
June 15, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

“The Impresario” by W.A. Mozart
June 16, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Hop On! Pop
June 16, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Presentation: Indiana Limestone Up Close
June 20, 6 pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

Pirates of the Carabiners
June 20-26, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Midsummer Night at the Art Museum
June 21, 7 pm
Indiana University Art Museum, 812-855-5445

The Ragin’ Texans at the Bluebird
June 21, 7:30 pm
Bluebird Night Club, 812-336-3984

The Seasons of Sebastian Concert XIX – A Summer Solstice Bach Bash Janettee Fishell, Organ
June 21, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Arts Fair on the Square
June 22, 10 am
Monroe County Courthouse Lawn, 812-334-1188

Taste of Bloomington
June 22, 3 pm
Showers Common, 812-336-3681

A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard: An Indianapolis Jazz Legend
June 22, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

2013 Summer Garden Walk
June 22-23, 10 am Saturday; 12 pm Sunday
Monroe County History Center

Arnie the Doughnut
June 22, 25-29, 11 am
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Emile Naoumoff, Piano
June 23, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Parquet Courts
June 23, 8 pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Solo Performances
June 24-27, 8 pm
Serendipity, 812-855-9846

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
June 25, 6:45 pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

Dido and Aeneas – Summer Festival Chorus; Dominick DiOrio, Conductor
June 25, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Summer Band – Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor
June 26, 7 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

Swing! The Musical
June 26-30, 7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Rubens Quartet
June 27, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

SLAPSTICON
June 27-30, 12 pm Thursday; 9 am Friday & Saturday; 9 am Sunday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Don Freund Lecture
June 28, 6:45 pm
Sweeney Hall, 812-855-9846

Festival Chamber Players
June 28, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Craig Brenner at Café D’Jango
June 28, 8 pm
Café D’Jango, 812-335-1297

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Final Concert
June 28, 7:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-855-9846

Peter Stumpf, Cello and Evelyne Brancart, Piano
June 29, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Cardboard Construction Extravaganza!
June 29-30, 12 pm Saturday; 1:30 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

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