Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Next IWFM Fundraising Classes

Growing Places Indy and the Indy Winter Farmers Market have partnered with the Indy Bike Hub YMCA to offer four fitness and fundraising classes. Each class will be by-donation (suggested donation of $10, but any amount will be graciously accepted). Donations go to the Eat Well Initiative, which makes it possible to use food stamps at the IWFM and to distribute Veggie Bucks vouchers to low income and high health risk individuals to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the IWFM. You do not need to be a member of the Y to attend these classes.

We are delighted to encourage you to Live Well while supporting others to Eat Well. Classes are offered by-donation. Any donation amount will be graciously accepted. $10 is the suggested donation. All proceeds go to the Eat Well Initiative.

March 10th @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spinning with Deb Hirt
Spinning (also called cycling) class will be 1 hour of cardio training on indoor stationary bikes in the Cycle Studio (3rd floor of the Bike Hub). Deb will share her love of awesome, motivational music during the class- each song in the class is for a different training interval (hills, sprints, etc.). All levels are welcome! Please note there are only 11 bikes so sign up at the IWFM or on Facebook to reserve a place!

April 7th @ 1-2 p.m.
Yoga for Life Balance with Andrea Townley
Join Andrea Townley for a gentle, all-level yoga flow focused on cultivating a balanced life. By finding your center and learning to navigate the line between relaxation and engagement, you will experience firsthand how to bring yourself into balance and stay there. All levels are welcome. Sign up at the IWFM or on Facebook to reserve a place in the class.

Monday, February 27, 2012

IWFM St Patrick's Bike Day

Join the Indy Winter Farmers Market for St Patrick's Bike Day!

Bike down to the IWFM on March 17th in your dapperest get-up (St Patricks day and/or Tweed costumes) and ride your loveliest cycle (or penny-farthing) for a chance to win prizes from BGI and the Indy Bike Hub! Everyone who rides or dresses in their St Pat's Day attire will be eligible to enter the raffle.

Starting at 10am on Saturday March 17th, the IWFM St Patrick's Bike Day will kick off by showcasing some of our City's best bicycling organizations – INDYCOG and Bicycle Indiana, The Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the Indy Bike Hub, The Cultural Trail, and others. Learn more about riding downtown and see how you can be involved in making Indy a Bicycle Friendly City.

Grab a bite to eat, pick up some groceries (which fit nicely into some kitty litter paniers, which can be purchased from the INDYCOG booth), sip a cup of tea and listen to some Irish-themed music on the outdoor stage. At 12pm, all cyclists are invited to join in an informal bike ride around the City and the Cultural Trail, stopping at various sites and St Patrick's Day activities along the way. We will make one or two stops and ride Courteous Mass style for about 5-10 miles. We will end back at the market at one of our favorite pubs, the Tomlinson Tap Room.

Join the Indy Winter Farmers Market for a great morning and the perfect way to start your St Patrick's Day festivities!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

IWFM Newsletter for February 23, 2012

Check out our weekly newsletter to learn more about events in March such as the Seed Starting Workshop with Fall Creek Gardens on March 3, the Voices United to End Hunger Conference on March 3, and Gleaner's canned food collection! See our weekly recipe and vendor calendar too!

Polar Bear Run this Saturday

There will be a Polar Bear Run outside City Market this Saturday morning! We encourage you to participate if you are able.

Please be aware that Market Street will be blocked off from 7am until about 12pm. Our parking will still be available directly east of the Indy Bike Hub and on the southwest corner of New York and Alabama Streets.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Voices United to End Hunger Conference Mar 3

The Voices United to End Hunger conference is on Saturday March 3rd at the Christian Theological Seminary. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. You will hear the voices of the hungry, those who serve them, and what is needed to end hunger in Indianapolis and around the world. IWFM founder Laura Henderson will lead a session with Dave Miner of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative at 3 p.m. For more information visit BreadIndiana.org and CTS.edu.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Slow-Cooked Stewing Hen Recipe

Chase away the winter blues with this yummy recipe from Brown Family Farm!

Slow-Cooked Stewing Hen

1 stewing hen

2 medium onions, skin-on, quartered

2 Tbs sea salt

15-20 whole peppercorns

1 splash raw cider vinegar

Water to fill crock slow-cooker to halfway

Quarter whole onion, leaving skin on. Put onions in bottom of slow cooker. Cut up hen, if desired, or if necessary to fit into crockpot. Place stewing hen in crock pot. Sprinkle salt, peppercorns and cider vinegar into crockpot. Fill crockpot approximately half way full. Meat should be falling from the bone after 10-11 hours on high.

Use tongs to remove chicken to plate. After cooling, pick meat from carcass and return bones, skin and fat to crockpot. Use meat for chicken salad, curries, soups, burritos or enchiladas.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lunch Box Challenge Conclusion this Saturday

Are you still stumped on how to make a good packed lunch for your kids, partner, or self?

We're here to help! We've recruited a team of wonderful women to show you the possibilities. They will all be present on Saturday, upstairs on the 2nd floor, with pre-made examples of how delicious and nutritious (as well as local and sustainable) a lunch box can be!

Starting at 10am, check out our lunch-box chefs upstairs near Jack's Barber Shop and get some good ideas for your next brown bag affair!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

IWFM Newsletter for February 16, 2012

Check out our weekly newsletter here to learn about NapTown Chickens visiting this weekend, info on our Super Saturday Door Prize donors, and to hear about the conclusion of our Lunch Box Challenge on February 25!

Also, see our vendor calendar for Saturday here.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Special Announcement for Indy's SUPER Farmers Market This Saturday!

This Saturday, February 4th will be Super Saturday at Indy's SUPER Winter Farmers Market!

Every Indianapolis resident who adventures to the IWFM this Saturday can present any IWFM purchase and enter to win a $50 worth of IWFM products!

So, come on SUPER loyal IWFM customers, plot your adventure by bus, bicycle or foot this Saturday and enter to win! We'll also be giving away door prizes every half hour from 9am to 1pm. In addition, we'll keep our Veggie Valet open until 2:30pm, so you can shop early, leave your bags to walk around downtown, and come back for them by 2:30pm. See below for transportation options this Saturday.

Two Indianapolis resident raffle winners will be drawn at the close of market, 1pm, Saturday February 4th, and the winners will be notified by phone or email. It is not necessary to be present at the time of the drawing to win. The prize of $50 worth of IWFM products can be purchased anytime this season.

The weather is fantastic, IndyGo is FREE this weekend, our City is shining, and the energy downtown is amazing!

We have a great lineup of vendors this week, some of which will be bringing one-of-a-kind products just for the Big Game. Check out the calendar here!

Share the market experience by bringing a friend, family member, or out-of-town guest with you to market. We're delighted to welcome both community members and those visiting from out of town as we celebrate the excitement and buzz of this SUPER weekend together!

Get to Market this Weekend by Bus, Shuttle, Bike, or Foot!

Bus: Check out Indygo.net for route information and to plan your trip. All routes except the green line are free!
Shuttle: A free shuttle will be circulating Mass Ave and Fountain Square, so consider parking further away and hopping on the shuttle! Here is a map of locations you can find the free shuttle. If you're coming from further away, the Super Bowl is offering paid shuttle service from these locations.
Bike or Walk: With weather as nice as we've had, it's a great time to bike or walk to market! Ride down on the beautiful Monon Trail or stroll the world-class Cultural Trail and avoid the hassle of parking a car! Check out INDYCOG for some insights on trails, bike lanes, and how to share the road. You can park your bike at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA or outside the West Wing.