15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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- SUN: 21st Annual Miracle Ride at Allison Transmission, Inc.
- WED: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- FRI-SUN: NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park
- WED-SUN: 10th Annual Historic US Highway 40 Yard Sale Across Indiana
- WED-SAT: Indianapolis Charity Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds
- MON-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
- SAT: 20th Annual Wicket World of Croquet® at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
- WED: Original Farmers Market at the Indianapolis City Market
- FRI-SUN: Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the State Fairgrounds
- FRI-SUN: Summerfest at St. Therese Little Flower Parish
- SAT: Bill Maher at the Old National Centre
- SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
- THU: ‘Concerts on the Canal’ at the Indiana History Center
- THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- SUN: Jack Johnson in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
VERIFY ALL EVENT LISTINGS TO BE CERTAIN THEY WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED
- SUN: 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- SAT: 58th Annual IPL 500 Festival Parade in Downtown Indianapolis
- TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- SAT: KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom
- MON: Spotlight 2014 at Clowes Memorial Hall
- THU: Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
- WED-SUN: 31st Annual Banks of the Wabash Festival in Terre Haute
- WED: 500 Festival Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- WED: 34th Annual Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo
- THU: Statehouse Market at the Indiana State Capitol Building
- THU: Rev Rally in Brownsburg
- SAT-SUN: 38th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in Knox County
- SAT: 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County ‘Night Before the 500’ at Lucas Oil Raceway
- FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- FRI: 500 Festival Memorial Service on Monument Circle
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By Stevi Stoesz
Indianapolis City Market
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.
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.
Harker Family Farms & Orchard (Waldron, IN) – Peaches, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries.
Home Ec (Indianapolis, IN) – jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney, pickles and relish.
Husk (Indianapolis) – Frozen sweet corn, frozen green beans, frozen peas.
Indiana Microgreens (Indianapolis, IN) – Single breed arugula, basil, cilantro, cress, fennel, mache, popcorn shoots, custom salad blends.
Indy Family Produce (Greenwood, IN) – Lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, leeks, beets, peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, zucchini, cucumber, eggplants.
Lick (Indianapolis, IN) – Specialty ice creams.
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.
Scratch Street Food (Indianapolis, IN) – Bacon Marmalade.
Shamrock Farms (Arlington, IN) – Mushrooms, greens mixes, watermelon, potatoes, cabbage.
Tulip Tree Creamery (Zionsville, IN) – Artisan cheeses.
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
For the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, 2014
- MON-SUN: 92nd Annual Indianapolis Home Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
- MON-SUN: ‘Devour Downtown’ Winterfest in Indianapolis
- FRI: 5th Annual Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art
- FRI-SUN: Hearthside Supper at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
- WED: ‘A Downton Abbey Evening’ at the Carmel Palladium
- SUN: College Men’s Basketball at Indiana University
- THU: Darius Rucker in Concert at the Allen County Coliseum
- THU, SAT: Indiana Pacers NBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- THU: Indiana Ice USHL Ice Hockey at Pan Am Pavilion
- FRI-SUN: ‘Defending the Caveman’ at Theatre on the Square
- FRI-SUN: ‘The Color Purple’ at the Indianapolis Athenaeum Theatre
- FRI: Kenny Rogers in Concert at the Carmel Palladium
- MON-SUN: ‘Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons’ at the State Museum
- SAT: Indy Winter Farmers Market at the Indianapolis City Market
- MON: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne
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By Bob Burchfield, Editor
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.
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.
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