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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.

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