Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Winter Market

On this day after Thanksgiving, we continue to give thanks for the bounty of harvest available from our local growers, and from my own garden. In our home, it was with much gratitude to our local growers and our own garden that we shared the harvest meal with 16 family members and friends. The meal included a marvelous turkey from Schacht Farm, and an array of decadent dishes made with: potatoes, onions, garlic, and eggs from Brown Family Farm; carrots and leeks from Balanced Harvest Farm; beets from Seldon Seen Farm; milk from the Apple Family Farm; apples and cider from Wild's Apple Farm; red and green tomatoes, herbs, radishes, & chard from our own garden; and various other goods from local producers.

Please feel free to share your Thanksgiving stories and recipes involving local products. December is sure to involve more gatherings and meals with friends and family, so let's share favorite recipes highlighting goods available at the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market.

Additionally, I am grateful this year for all of you who have come to support this market and make it a success. It is so exciting to witness the growing enthusiasm and demand for locally produced food and goods for daily living.

This holiday season, we invite you to share the gifts of our local producers with your family and friends. Some of our producer vendors have put together their own holiday gift baskets, and you can create your own from the variety of soaps, honey, and shelf-stable goods available at market. The more adventurous will create gift boxes of frozen goods as well. Or, gift a friend with a delicious meal at your place or theirs made from your market favorites.

Back and New this Week:
Alan's Catered Events - check out the variety of mouth watering delights
Capriole Goat Cheese - We know there were many disappointed folk last week when Capriole was away. Not to worry, they are back this week to surpass your goat cheese desires.

New Last Week and returning:
Hubbard & Cravens Coffee - hot coffee and hot coco available by the cup, in addition to their selection of locally roasted coffees
Peace Leaf Teas - this week with hot tea available by the cup
Pooh's Hunny - Ken's honey was such a hit last week, buy it fast or you might miss out!

Out this week but returning next week:
Englewood Collective - Their fantastic selection of books on topics of gardening, food, environmental stewardship and sustainability will be back on Dec. 6th for your holiday shopping pleasure.
Nicole-Taylor's Fresh Pasta - A huge hit in their first week, not to be missed on Dec. 6th!

Remember you can get cups of hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate at market, so leave your Starbucks for another time.

Bring your visiting guests and enjoy a little time at the market this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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