Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays

From everyone at the Indy Winter Farmers Market we wish you the happiest of holidays and all the best for the new year.

The IWFM is CLOSED Saturday December 26th and OPEN again on Saturday January 2nd. We look forward to seeing you back in the new year!

Thank you for making the IWFM such a huge success in 2009. We look forward to watching this vibrant community grow around good food and great relationships in 2010.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 11, 2009

1st Raffle Green Travel & Green Trivia Winners!

Last week was the fourth week and thus time for the first Green Travel and Green Trivia Raffle Drawings. And the winners are...

Congratulations to Kelly B., who won the GREEN TRAVEL MONTHLY RAFFLE (and a gift certificate to Comedy Sportz). Many thanks to Kelly and all of the other dedicated individuals who either rode their bike, walked, carpooled, or took public transportation to reach the Market. The founders and staff at the IWFM (and we’re sure many of you) feel that the Market is more than just a way to connect consumers to local farmers and fresh food – we also hope to create a community based on conscious living that supports individuals, businesses, the greater Indianapolis community, the environment, and ultimately the globe in more sustainable and peaceful living. Encouraging and participating in Green Travel is just one of many ways to accomplish this.

The monthly raffle starts over this Saturday and with it your chances of winning. The next raffle prize is a five class package to Cityoga (located in the former IWFM home at 2442 N. Central Ave.) So bundle up and keep visiting us by foot, pedal or public transport and remember to enter your name and contact information at the Market Information Table when you travel without your car!

So, bundle up for the colder weather

Congratulations to Nicholas, the winner of GreenPieceIndy’s GREEN TRIVIA MONTHLY RAFFLE, who correctly guessed the Green Tip. He won a reusable bag and a Green Savings Indy coupon book. The raffle starts over this Saturday, so be sure to check out the 1st clue of the 2nd series and submit your guess on the wall outside of the restroom. Thanks to Renee at GreenPieceIndy for all of her hard work and dedication to educating us on sustainable living!

1st Series Clues & Tip:

Clue #1) There are 6 lbs. of these for every 1 lb. of fish in some parts of the ocean.

Clue #2) The oil to make 14 of these could power one car for one mile.

Clue #3) In the US we use approximately 380 billion of these in one year.

Answer: Plastic bags

The Green Tip? Bring a reusable shopping bag.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Friday Night! INDIEana Handicraft Exchange at 901 N. East & Mass Ave Holiday Hoopla

The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange will occupy the IWFM space (901 N. East St.) as part of the Mass Ave Holiday Hoopla on Friday December 4th, 5-9 p.m. (The IWFM will be open normal hours Saturday December 5th, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It's bring a friend to market week!)

The Mass Ave Merchants Association has invited the IHE to participate in their annual First Friday Holiday Hoopla. In conjunction with the gallery openings, sales, parties and other events on Mass Ave, the IHE will have 46 vendors, live music and raffles at the Chatham Center, located just three blocks off of Mass Ave, at the corner of 9th and East.

The way from Mass Ave to the Chatham Center will be lit by the beautiful white rainbarrel luminaries commissioned by King Park Area Development Corporation last December. Folks can make the quick walk over from Mass Ave to our building, or they can catch the FREE Holiday Hoopla Shuttle service, and be dropped off directly in front of the Chatham Center. There is also plenty of street parking on East St. and in the lot directly south of the building, for those who drive there directly.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is FREE and open to all ages. This is a great chance to finish holiday shopping early, and to make sure you get unique, high-quality, handmade gifts. You'll purchase directly from the artist and will be able to ask questions about the materials and methods used in their creation. Many artists also accept custom orders, so don't hesitate to inquire if you don't see exactly what you are looking for.

Bundle up and bring the whole family. We will provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Hope to see you there! And then of course back Saturday morning for your IWFM shopping. Bring a friend along to enjoy the fun. It's bring a friend to market week!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Best Bite of King Park

King Park is the area in which Fall Creek Place is located, as was thus the first year home of the Indy Winter Farmers Market on Central Ave. We are delighted to share this fabulous food-based King Park fundraiser event announcement with you!

Register at or show up at the door!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thank You & Thanksgiving

Wow! We could not have hoped for a more fantastic opening day. The weather was sunny and warm, our friend Tim "Tree Boy" Bush was there to visit and broadcast live on WTHR, and we estimate around 1,500 people came to check out our 45 opening week vendors. Congratulations to everyone, as it takes all of us - including everyone of you who is supporting our farmers and producers by buying their goods.

This week we will introduce six new vendors:
Balanced Harvest Farm
Burton's Maplewood Farm
Dickinson Furniture
Farming for Life
Harvest Cafe Coffee
The Wee Ewe

Please sign up for the IWFM e-newsletter to receive a list each week of vendors scheduled to attend.

Remember, this is the week to shop for all your Thanksgiving food needs. Schacht Farm will have pre-ordered turkeys for pick-up. If you have not pre-ordered, Goose the Market has informed us they have a few remaining for last minute pick-ups. It would be wise to call ahead. What a better way to celebrate the bounty of harvest Indiana has to offer, and to give thanks for the pleasures and blessings we all receive day to day than in sharing a wonderful meal of good food from the good folks.

IWFM is delighted to bring together top farmers and producers from Broad Ripple Farmers Market, City Market Farmers Market, 38th St. Farmers Market, Carmel Farmers Market, Binford Summer Farmers Market and certainly some new faces with wonderful new products as well. After sharing your great market goods with friends and family on Thanksgiving, you can bring them with you on November 28th to experience the market first hand!

Isn't it fun and satisfying when your food has a story that you can associate directly with a person or family! Share the fun & tell your friends.

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday for another great day of good food, great conversation and community fun!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Grand Opening November 14th!

We are less than one week from opening our second season (November 14th), and we are super excited! We will are expecting more growers and producers all season this year than we had in our highest attendance weeks last season! There will be more variety and more quantity of everything from fresh produce to meat to baked goods, as well as useful and interesting items for daily living!

It also means that we need YOU and your neighbors, friends, co-workers, to be regular and loyal patrons to support all the fabulous growers and producers bringing their products to market. We’ve work hard to bring the market back for a second season in a fabulous new location, and to bring in a wonderful group of vendors. Our growers and producers have worked hard to grow, raise and otherwise plan to supply the market through the winter. Now it is up to you, as the true success of the market is determined by the strength and breadth of the customer base! With out you, there is no marketplace for the market.

The Frequent Shopper Card will be back for a possible two chances to win a $50 market goods “basket.” Remember to pick one up at the Market Information Table on Nov. 14th! Also, each week that you walk, bicycle or ride the bus, you can enter your name for a monthly prize drawing!

Please share this information with as many people as you can, and we look forward to seeing you on November 14th!

What: Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market

Where: The Chatham Center, 901 N. East St.

(Parking on both sides of East Street, in the parking lot just south of the Chatham Center @ 9th & East, and in the parking lot of the Church of Christ @ Park & 10th St. Bicycle/stroller parking on rack at the front door.)

When: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November 14, 2009 – April 24, 2010 (closed Dec. 26th)

Why: Because you’re not going to find this many Indiana growers and producers, with such quality product anywhere else in town! Because you’ll see lots of old friends and make new ones! Because you never know what your might discover!

Who: This year the market will feature the following vendors, though not all of them will be available each week. We will effort to keep you updated week by week. If there is someone you hope to see on the vendor list for the future, please let us know.

Growers and Grower Producers – meaning these folks are farming, and some are making products using what they grow when possible.

Big City Farms

Burton's Maplewood Farm

Doud's Orchard

Farming for Life

Fields Farm Fresh

Fields of Agape

Harvest Moon Farm

Heartland Family Farm

Hobbit Gardens

Homestead Growers/Local Folks


Yeager Farms Produce

Seldom Seen Farms

Stout's Melody Acres

Valentine Hill Farm

Wild's Apple Farm

Willowfield Lavender Farm

Animal Products – These folks are raising livestock for meat, dairy, honey, and natural fibers.

Brown Family Farm

Circle L Bison

Schacht Farm

Simpson's Farm Market

Skillington Farms

Trader's Point Creamery

Vogel Organic Dairy

The Wee Ewe

Wildflower Ridge Honey

Producers & Bakers – These folks are making food products. Some consider themselves food artisans, and are expected to be working toward using locally produced ingredients as possible.


Circle City Sweets

Country Mouse City Mouse

Daina's Petite Pies

Farm to Kitchen Foods


Lena's Meditterrean Kitchen

New Day Meadery

Nicole Taylor's Pasta

Rene's Bakery

All Natural Soaps, Body Care and Household Cleaning Products – These folks are making these products to keep harmful chemicals out of your home and body.

Body Eclectic Skin Care

Flower Child Aromatherapy

Independence Natural Skincare


Specialty Food Products – These folks bring specialty, non-local products to the market, which involve some level of local production or preparation.

Artisano's Oils & Spices

Endangered Species Chocolate

Harvest Café Coffee Roasters

Peace Leaf Tea

The Oak Mamre Eritrean Foods

Other Specialty Products – These folks bring specialty, handcrafted or cottage industry goods to the market.

Dale's Doggie Delights

Dickinson Furniture

Green Savings Indy

Paper or Plastic

We are working on getting a full web site up and running. Until then, please continue to consult our blog, for market information and events of interest.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Spirit and Place 2009 – Inspiring Places

Don’t miss the many wonderful Spirit & Place events happening in Indianapolis this week. Here are the IWFM top event picks not to miss, all of which are FREE to attend:

Bill McKibben: Pursuing Prosperity and Local Sustainability - Lecture, Q & A Session with the author of Deep Economy

Monday, November 09, 2009 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IUPUI, Campus Center, CE450, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Can Local Food Feed Indiana and the World? - Discussion, Panel, Q & A Session

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, 10:30-11:45 am

White Auditorium, Indiana State Museum

(This is not a Spirit & Place event, but it is one not to miss. Farmers Market favorite and president of Slow Food Indy, Todd Jameson will be one of the panelist in this conversation with Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy.)

Market as Place - Discussion, Panel, Q & A Session

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Christian Theological Seminary, Common Rm., 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis 46208

(IWFM founder Laura Henderson is one of the panelists, bringing discussion of farmers markets as marketplace to the table.)

Neighborhoods: Inspiring Place, Improving Health - Discussion, Display, Lecture, Q & A Session

Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

Pecha Kucha: The Next Indianapolis – Twelve Inspiring Ideas compete with words and images for $10,000!

Thursday, November 12, 2009 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Toby, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis 46208

(Sure to be the event with the most at stake, twelve inspiring ideas for “The Next Indianapolis” will be presented. At the end of the night, the one idea will be awarded $10,000 to transform idea into reality. IWFM Founder Laura Henderson will present on behalf of Slow Food Indy, the White River State Park, Big City Farms and Urban Earth Indy the idea for the Slow Food Edible Garden at the White River State Park. Don’t miss the fun; you are certain to leave inspired!)

Bill Hudnut and John Fetterman: A Public Conversation - Discussion, Film/Video, Panel, Performance, Q & A Session

Sunday, November 15, 2009 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Local Food Trends: Growing Community, Economy, Mutual Delight - Dinner, Discussion, Panel, Q & A Session

Sunday, November 15, 2009 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

2442 N. Central Ave., Cityoga School of Yoga & Health, formerly the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Presenter(s): Janine Betsey, Neal Brown, Laura Henderson, Matthew Jose, Marc McAleavey, Gail Payne, David Wu, Chris Eley, with dinner conversations led by others pursuing food as place project in Indianapolis.

Free but pre-registration required. Call 317-985-5523 or e-mail to register.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Still need to order a Thanksgiving Turkey?

IWFM farmers Mandy and Matt Corry of Schacht Farm in Bloomington have the bird(s) for you.
3 month old turkey on pasture

How they raise the birds...
The day old poults (baby turkeys) arrive in July, spending the summer and fall months foraging on lush pastures after a short stay in the brooder (poultry nursery). They are provided with shelter from the sun, wind and rain. The turkeys receive around 70% of their diet from forage, making for a more healthy bird both to raise and to eat. The remainder of their diet comes from local grains with organic supplements. The turkeys weigh between 16-22 lbs.

Turkeys may be ordered here where you can download an order form to mail to Schacht Farm along with a $25 deposit per bird. The Schacht Farm will deliver turkeys to the market one day only, so in addition to your Thanksgiving turkey, you can order enough to satisfy your family for the year. The turkeys will be sold fresh and will be available for pick up at the IWFM on Saturday Nov. 21st.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

IWFM joins Spirit and Place Event in Growing Community, Economy and Mutual Delight




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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Green Scene - Day of Action

Saturday, October 24, Noon - 4 p.m.

Garfield Park Arts Center

2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis

Attend this FREE event for the: Informative Speakers ·- Green Vendors - Green Information

Green Scene Speaker Schedule

12:15 Welcome, Lynn Jenkins, publisher, Indiana Living Green

12:20 Jena Grosser, Power Shift, Climate Change

12:40 Wendell Fowler, Nutritional Literacy Advocate, TV Host, Eat Right Now

1:00 Renee Sweany, Green Piece Indy, Behind Closed Doors

1:20 Adam Moody, owner, Moody's Butcher Shops, Real Meat for Real People

1:40 Frank Radavide, owner, Castalia, Saving Energy, Saving Green

2:00 Melanie Lawson, RYT, Holistic Immune System Support

2:20 Maria Smietana, Indy Winter Farmers Market, Local Foods for Health and Wealth

2:40 Tracey Hiner, Tracey Clean, Clean Home, Healthy Home

3:00 Terry Black, Green Way Supply, Solar at Home

3:20 Thom England & Karen Mangia, Local Foodies, Slow Food Indy, Eating Local

3:40 Ashlee Kilpatrick, Sustain Indy, Greening Indy

Please note: these speakers are confirmed, but subject to last minute changes

Start your Day of Action with the Walk.

Register at 9:30 a.m. for the 3.5 mile walk at the Corporate Pavilion near the Arts Center.
Food available by Jenxie's Moodi Cafe.

For more info on the Walk,

For more information on Green Scene contact
Leslie Cannon: 317 828-3417
Stacey Davis: 317 697-2781
Please register at

Friday, October 16, 2009

Opening Day Less than One Month Away!

I look forward to seeing you at 901 N. East St. from Nov. 14th through April 24th. We have a fabulous group of vendors forming. We've received nearly double the number of applications from last year, and we will be releasing a list of vendors as soon as all decisions have been finalized. A great group of individuals have come together for the market advisory committee this year, as well as other wonderful volunteers. We have some fun activities in store to make the winter months seem a little more warm and bright when shared in community.

Many thanks to everyone who took time to send an email or make a phone call to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) supporting approval of the variance needed to allow us to operate as a temporary "food store" at 901 N. East St. The necessary variance was approved by unanimous vote of the Commissioners. That feels like quite an accomplishment!

Special thanks to those who were able to be at the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association meeting on Sept. 29th or the IHPC hearing on Oct. 7th. This was truly a community effort, requiring the support of each and every person who sent an email, made a phone call, went door to door, told a neighbor, attended the necessary meetings, expressed gratitude and excitement for the existence of the market last year and coming up, and certainly each and every one of you who supported the IWFM last season by shopping there. We would not have had the strength of our proven success, or the excitement for our second season without each of you. Also, I can't say strongly enough how important this support was to my motivation. The IWFM is not something worth doing for myself, and it would do nothing for our farmers and producers without you. Your emphatic confirmation that this truly is a community supported service/event is what makes it worthwhile for all involved.

The events of the past month have assured me plenty of people - farmers, producers and customers - are not only still excited but willing to go above and beyond to help me make sure this market happens. This is exciting to me because I believe it shows the IWFM is about much more than a 3 & 1/2 hour farmers market on Saturdays in the winter.

What I have taken from the "variance incident" as I call it, is that the IWFM is part of a collective effort to determine the future of our community, our city, our state, and even well beyond. We are thinking about not just where, but who our food comes from, how it's been grown/produced, how the dollars we spend on food support either families or corporations, the farming practices we want to support and thus the choices we are making in caring for the balance of soil, life and environment.

Evidence is growing that the vast "food system" spectrum critically impacts our health (and the cost of health care), the environment, soil and water pollution, climate change, international development, "food security," world hunger, the economic and social vitality of communities (some would say nations) and the overall ability to sustain modern life on the planet. So, by considering our food choices and purchases, and becoming aware of what we need to know in considering our purchasing choices, we directly engage in determining the future. It's rather obvious, but sometimes we forget.

On a more fundamental level, the IWFM reminds me, and I'm guessing maybe you too, that life is more fun and more fulfilling when we experience it in relationship to others. By enabling the purchase, preparation and consumption of food in the context of relationships, the IWFM has provided pleasure and satiation beyond checking off the grocery list to fill our bellies for another week.

The IWFM is not unique in providing such experiences or services. I just needed to say how grateful I am for all the support that has allowed the IWFM to be a contributor to providing these experiences and services.

Many thanks, and keep eating pleasurably & consciously!
Laura Henderson
IWFM Founder and Market Manager

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Write an email in support of IWFM & Farmers Markets

Dear friends of the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market,

IHPC (Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission) must approve a temporary variance modification to allow the IWFM to operate at the Chatham Center, 901 N. East St. Zoning of the site generally exempts food-based businesses from operating in this building. The variance is written specifically to the dates and hours of operation of the IWFM, and does not extend to any other food-based operation during the market dates or in the future. The Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association overwhelming voted in support of the temporary variance modification.

Now we invite you to express support by taking one or both actions below:

1) Email your statement of support to Meg Purnsley, by noon Oct. 6,th to let the city know that you support the temporary variance modification for the IWFM to operate at 901 N. East St.
Furthermore, this is an excellent opportunity while we have the ear of the city to let them know that you value the inclusion of services such as farmers market in the current and future planning of our urban neighborhoods, as they provide a critical role in building community, supporting the local economy, improving quality of life and encouraging efforts toward sustainable living & development.

2) If you live in a downtown neighborhood, you may also consider attending the IHPC public hearing Wednesday, Oct 7th, 5:30 pm @ City-County Building, Public Assembly Rm, 2nd floor, 200 E. Washington St. to express support in person.

This is a great opportunity for downtown Indianapolis' neighborhoods to showcase the exciting possibilities of downtown living and be part of inspiring innovative, community-minded, locally driven development citywide. The IWFM is working with Mass Ave Merchants Assoc., Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and other dedicated individuals and organizations to bring quality of life services and events to our wonderful downtown neighborhoods, which we believe benefits the city at large by making these services available, as well as helping to positively shape the experience of visitors to the city.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Good Earth to Celebrate Bob 9/27 in 1st Annual Memorial Concert

Good Earth Celebrates Bob!
1st Annual Bob Landman
Memorial Concert

Featuring Good Earth Artists:

Scooter with Special Guest Joe Landman, starting at 1:00 pm

Mars or the Moon at 2:30pm

Sale pricing on many items all week long!

Samples and the Frequent Shopper Card Raffle

Frequent Shopper Card Raffle Giveaway and Samplings from 1-4pm.
Come and join us on
Sunday September 27th
in Broad Ripple Village from 12-5pm
6350 N. Guilford Ave.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eating Local & Urban Gardening Speaker coming to IUPUI Sept. 28th

Lisa Heldke

Department of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College

Monday 28 September 2009 @ IUPUI

Cultivating Cosmic Patriotism by Cultivating Cosmos:
Urban Gardening and the Creation of Community (pdf)

Discussion: 3:00 PM-4:15 PM

IUPUI, Cavanaugh Hall 411

425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202

This essay considers urban gardening as an important contemporary setting in which to cultivate what Jane Addams calls "cosmic patriotism," an alternative to the patriotism of the tribe, and a form of patriotism characterized by a commitment to multiculturalism, humanitarianism, and internationalism. Community gardens, "guerilla gardens," and other collective, urban agricultural ventures offer the very sorts of urban settings Addams argued were crucial for the nurturance of such patriotism: a pleasurable, or recreational setting in which city residents could share their knowledge and culture with each other in a spirit of play and openness. Heldke will discuss these issues in an informal afternoon session.

Staying Home For Dinner:
Ruminations on Local Foods in a Cosmopolitan Society (pdf)

Reception: 6:00 PM

(Hors d'oeuvres provided by Certified Healing Food Specialists, Mark Cox & Chef Joshua Henson, of Fermenti Artisan)

Lecture: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

RSVP appreciated by Sunday, September 27 to

Lilly Auditorium

On lower level of IUPUI University Library

755 W Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

(Parking is available at the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. Bring your ticket to the event for a free validation stamp)

Reflecting on the decision to eat locally produced food suggests that ethical decisions cannot be cast as individual choices between two clear alternatives. When we seek morally unambiguous choices, we focus our ethical energies in the wrong place. The moral focus of our ethical decision-making should fall on building communities because the importance of any choice we make lies in the relationships that give our choices context. Food is an especially rich intersection of relations and so provides many opportunities to reflect, connect, and imagine more democratic communities. Recognizing these opportunities leads us to see ourselves not as food consumers but as food citizens who seek to enact and transform our relations through not only our purchasing and eating choices but also through our collective work in organizations that promote healthy, just, fair, safe, and delicious food systems for all people.


Professor Heldke's areas of research include American Philosophy, Philosophy of Food, and Feminist Philosophy. She is also concerned with the nature of justice, oppression and resistance, and human liberation, particularly in connection with racism, sexism and heterosexism. She is the co-editor of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, a collection of writings about the philosophy of food; and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, part of a series of books that explores popular culture using philosophy. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer in which she examines the colonialist attitudes that persist in common approaches to foreign cuisine.


This event is supported by the Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, and American Studies Program of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and by the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Speakers Fund. Additional support provided by Indy Food Co-op, Indy Winter Farmers Market, Slow Food Indy, and Indy Tilth/Urban Farming Forum.

Monday, September 14, 2009

One door closes, another one opens. SFI Sept. 20th Changes

From Slow Food Indy regarding changes to the September 20th dinner event:

Chef interest was so great we keep figuring out how to add more into the event, we had more volunteers than we could accept, and all around interest had seemed enthusiastic for the Vegan Farm to Table Dinner scheduled for Sept. 20th at Beasley Orchard. Sadly, ticket sales have remained so low that we must cancel the event as originally planned.

At the cancellation of the five-course Vegan Farm to Table Dinner at Beasley’s Orchard, Slow Food Indy has been invited to join the Earth House Community Dinner on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 PM, expanding the weekly community dinner into a fabulous Vegan Pitch-In.

Please plan to join us:
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, September 20th

Where: The Earth House, 237 N. East St. (SE corner of New York & East St.s)
Dinner will be held in the basement, where Jenxie’s Vegan & Vegetarian Cafe is located.

What: Vegan Pitch-In, FREE – bring your favorite vegan dish, featuring a local ingredient of the season, to share, along with your reusable dinnerware! Don’t know how to prepare a vegan dish, we’ll be sure to have plenty of food, so join us anyway and learn what makes a tasty vegan meal. (Some of our fabulous event chefs will be attending the pitch-in as well, so you still get to enjoy their talents!)

Why: Slow Food Indy remains strong in our commitment to provide welcoming vegetarian and vegan options at our events, as well as holding events to highlight the pleasures of meat-less meals. Just as we also plan to hold more events that highlight the vibrancy of ethnic food traditions represented in Indianapolis.

The Earth House is also dedicated to gathering individuals and organization working to build an informed and sustainable community. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the many fabulous events offered at the Earth House.

Throughout 2010, Slow Food Indy will be holding a number of Farm to Table Dinners and other events as part of fund raising efforts to send Indianapolis area farmers, chefs, food educators, and students as delegates to Slow Food International’s bi-annual Terre Madre event. Terre Madre 2008 brought together over 6,000 delegates representing 1652 food communities from 150 countries. Slow Food Indy was proud to send nine delegates, through the support of all who attended Farm to Table Dinners and other fund raising events. We look forward to your support again in 2010, as we support the growth of our the sustainable and locally-minded food community in Indianapolis by sending another group to be supported, inspired and educated through this amazing international event. We’ll tell you a bit more about Terre Madre and plans for 2010 at the Sept. 20th Pitch-In.

Those interested are invited to take the seven-block walk north to visit the new location for the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market, at 901 N. East St., following the dinner.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slow Food Indy Farm to Table Dinner, Sept. 20th

Slow Food Indy Farm to Table Dinner @ Beasley’s Orchard & Garden, Danville IN

Sun, September 20, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Reservation Required by Sept. 17th

Buy your tickets today for SFI final Farm to Table Dinner of 2009! This fabulous five-course meal also kicks off the SFI 2010 Terre Madre fundraising to send Indianapolis area chefs, farms and food educators to Torino, Italy for Slow Food Internationals bi-annual international convention. This dinner will once again be a delightful celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community.

This Farm to Table Dinner is also special because it is the first, but not to be the last, SFI Farm to Table Dinner that is 100% Vegan friendly. In our commitment to share Good, Clean, and Fair food for Everyone, we are pleased to share the full richness of seasonal flavors in this meat-free, dairy-free, honey-free meal. Each course will feature products from some of the area's best growers & producers, many of whom you know from farmers markets.

What you need to know:

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Beasley’s Orchard & Garden, 2304 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122 (map)

Event begins @ 5:30 at the Beasley’s Orchard Farm Store

Fruit chutney & Pepper Tartlettes w/ Toasted Peanuts
by Wendell Folwer (Eat Right Now!, & Kevin Costa (Goose the Market)

& Cocktails by Demian Hostetter (Crossroad Vintners) & lil’ sis’ Annie Hostetter

6 p.m., guests will take a hayride tour of the farm, ending in an orchard row for dinner:
Zaalouk (Moroccan Style eggplant spread) with homemade pita bread
by Chef Anass Sentissi (Chef Owner, Saffron Café)

Apple & Cucumber Salad
by Chef Tom Hirschfeld (

Seasonal Vegetables over Wheat berry Salad & Sides
by Chefs Erin Kem & Abbi Merriss (R-Bistro), w/ John Adams (Exec. Chef, H2O Sushi)

Dinner will be accompanied by the folksy tunes of Global Gifts volunteer, Steve Githen playing the ukulele.

7:45 p.m., guests take the hayride back to the farm store area for a bonfire & sweet surprise dessert

ATTIRE: Please wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for a hayride and outdoor dining.

COST & REQUIRED RESERVATIONS: $50 Slow Food Members, $60 Non-Members. Purchase your reservation here. Tickets available until sold out, or Thursday Sept. 17th.

Questions about the event? Contact Laura Henderson,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Help support the IWFM and get a great workout!

Come find the new IWFM location, plan your winter market parking strategy, help raise money to support the IWFM, and get a great workout all in one trip!

The IWFM is delighted to announce that we will be open for the winter season:
November 14th, 2009 through April 24, 2010
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We are also excited to share news of our NEW LOCATION. You will now find all your favorite growers and producers at:

The Chatham Center
901 N. East St
(see map) Indianapolis, IN 46202

We are grateful to Larry Jones, owner of our former location, for welcoming the IWFM to his new building in the Chatham Arch neighborhood of downtown Indianapolis.

The IWFM and Invoke Yoga & Pilates Studio are now located within one block. IWFM founder and market manager, Laura Henderson is one of Invoke's renowned teachers for her dynamic and inspiring yoga classes, and her heart-pumping Yoga-Pilates bootcamps, in which she challenges her students to detox and shape-up their bodies, minds and lives. During the month of September, you can now experience Laura's Detox Bootcamp and help support the IWFM! Laura will be giving 10% of her Detox Bootcamp proceeds toward the operating costs of the IWFM and will lead a walking tour to the new IWFM location after each class. Visit and Events to sign-up, or call 317.631.9642.

Date: Saturdays 9/5/2009 - 9/26/2009 (4 weeks)
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Laura Henderson’s ever-popular Boot Camp series expertly
combines the disciplines of yoga and Pilates for a balanced
and invigorating flow, and builds in challenging cardiovascular
work to deeply detox the body and mind. Be prepared to
sweat and leave empowered to shape-up your body, mind and life.

Motivation to continue post-bootcamp: Participants who
attend all 4 weeks will be entered in a raffle to win a 5 class package.

Drop-in: $20

4 week Series: $75

Invoke Studio 970 | Fort Wayne Ave. Suite C | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | 317.631.9642

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Become a Member of Slow Food in September!

If you have ever thought about joining Slow Food, now is the time. As part of a national campaign to bring awareness to the School Lunch Programs, Slow Food USA is offering one year membership in the organization with a donation of any amount!

During the month of September only, your donation of any amount will make you a member of Slow Food USA & thus a member of Slow Food Indy, for one year. The normal annual rate of membership is $60.

Grow the Movement! Make a Donation!

As a member, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Member-only discounts on select events and publications. For example you will save $10 on the price of a ticket to the first ever All Vegan Slow Food Dinner, September 20th @ Beasley Orchard. This five course dinner will include delicious and filling dishes from 7 fabulous Indianapolis chefs, cocktails and fresh juice, a hayride tour of the farm, dinner among the rows in the orchard, and an end of evening bonfire to celebrate in the waning of summer nights. Tickets cost $50 for members and $60 for non-members. More information, including a list of participating chefs can be found at, under events.
  • Getting connected and find out more about what's happening with our local chapter, Slow Food Indy.
  • Invitations to local, national and international events celebrating good, clean, fair food.
  • Opportunities to take action and impact legislation affecting food and agriculture in the U.S.

Here's why Slow Food USA is seeking your support right now. Slow Food USA is working to directly impact national and local food policies. From the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act to the Farm Bill, SF will be building alliances, bringing in key industry experts and heading to Washington to demand change.

Membership normally starts at $60, but from now until September 30th, your gift of any amount makes you a part of this movement. Give more if you can and less if you can't. The point is - Slow Food wants to know you support the movement.

Our kids deserve more than mystery meat and our communities need access to fresh, real food. Your support today will help make that happen.

Thanks for your support and we all look forward to your involvement!

Friday, August 21, 2009

"How to Eat Local" Potluck, August 30th @ Noon

“How to Eat Local” Potluck and Speakers @ the White River State Park –

A Joint Meeting of Slow Food Indy and Weston A. Price


The time remains at Noon on Sunday, August 30th.

The new location will be a beautiful picnic potluck location on the banks of the Canal. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, plates, cups, napkins, and eating utensils. Bring the kids and the whole family for a great afternoon at the park sharing food and listening to speakers.

The new location is the Celebration Amphitheatre at White River State Park (WRSP). To get to WRSP, turn West off of West Street onto Washington Street in the direction of the Zoo. You can drop off materials at the loading zone on the circular drive in front of the Visitor’s Center. Parking is pay parking and surface and garage parking is available by following the signs. For additional directions, visit the White River State Park here.

Celebration Amphitheatre is right next to the walk bridge to the Zoo and across the Canal from the NCAA Hall of Champions. It is located to the North West of the Visitor Center near the red abstract sculpture. For a map of the park, indicating parking and the amphitheater location, link here.

We have an absolutely free afternoon planned with the potluck, speakers, and vendors of good food products. Come and have a good time with us on this afternoon and learn about the steps that you can take to eat more local.


Call Ed at (317) 965-2466 or e-mail

Monday, June 29, 2009

Food Independence Day in Indy, July 2nd

Oscar Nominated Filmmaker coming to Indy for Food Independence Day

eat local
Event Details
JULY 2, 2009
12 noon
Lunch and Meet and Greet with director Scott Kennedy Hamilton
Juice bar!
Local + Organic Dinner in the Earth House Cafe

Local + Sustainable Food Fair!
Brought to you by our sponsors:
Indy food Co-op
Indianapolis Museum of Art/Tobias Theater
Earth Charter/ Indy Food Security Initiative
Mid North Shepherd's Center
Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market
Indianapolis City Council Member Jose Evans
Slow Food Indy
Balanced Harvest CSA
Good Earth Natural Food Store
Broadway United Methodist Church/Eden in Indianapolis Project
Grace United Methodist Church/ Franklin, IN
Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church
Daniel Atlas/ Andy Reed

7:30 pm
Scott Kennedy Hamilton will screen his Oscar nominated film
"The Garden"
....."Excellent. Its lessons about the laws of power and politics, about rebels becoming
the establishment and how easy it is to get co-opted, are relevant everywhere."
Kenneth Turan, The L.A. Times
All Day Pass = $30
Meet and Greet with the director
The Film Screening
Film Screening Only = $5 Dinner Only = $10

Indianapolis, May 26, 2009- On Thursday, July 2, Earth House, 237 N. East St., will host Food Independence Day, a celebration of local organic agriculture and food. Oscar-nominated filmmaker (Best Documentary, 2008) Scott Kennedy Hamilton will present his award winning film, The Garden, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

The celebration will feature exhibits from local farmers, community gardeners and organizations working on food, sustainability and justice issues. There will also be live music, activities for kids and an affordable all local, organic dinner.

The Garden follows the story of a 14-acre community farm located in South Central Los Angeles, the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers created a miracle in one of the country's most blighted neighborhoods.

"The Garden tells the story of the country's largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power and racial discord, exploring the fault lines in American society," Hamilton said.

Food Independence Day is part of a nationwide effort to get families and politicians to celebrate the July 4th weekend with local and sustainable foods. This is a great opportunity for us in Central Indiana to celebrate Independence Day and support our local small farms," Kate Lamont, Earth House general manager said.

Earth House is located inside Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church, on the corner of New York and East Streets in downtown Indianapolis. Earth House is home to an all organic and fair-trade coffee shop, art gallery, media lab, wellness studio and performing arts space. Each Thursday, Earth House hosts a movie night. Major Earth House partners include Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church, Alliance for Democracy and the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center.

Lockerbie Central UMC/ Earth House Collective

237 N. East St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204