Monday, November 28, 2011

Support Local Heritage Poultry

Are you a chicken or an egg eater? Do you raise chickens or want to learn how? Check out this flyer to learn about heritage breeds you can find at the IWFM.

Some of our poultry meat vendors: KG Acres, Fruit Loop Acres, Homestead Heritage, Eden Pastures, Schacht Farm, Simpson's Farm

Some of our egg vendors: Circle L Bison, Farming For Life, Homestead Heritage, Mulberry Creek, Schacht Farm, Simpson's Farm Market, Eden Pastures

If you are interested in learning more about raising chickens in Indianapolis, check out Naptown Chickens Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Root Puree Recipe

Winter root vegetables are showing up again at the IWFM! Arriving in large quantities just last week, the carrots were beautiful and plentiful, beets are round and plump, and sweet potatoes are ready to roll! Wondering how to use them all? Get one more meal from your grill before winter sets in with a great recipe from Chef JJ's Back Yard in Broad Ripple.

Winter Root Puree
Serving size: 10

1 medium butternut squash, peeled & seeded
1 medium celery root, peeled
3 medium potatoes
3 large carrots, peeled
3 large parsnips, peeled
Olive oil as needed
kosher salt to taste
pepper to taste
chicken or vegetable stock as needed
2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter or Ghee
3 tablespoons whilling cream (optional)
ground nutmeg to taste

1. Set up the electric/gas grill for indirect heat at 400 degrees F. Cut vegetables into 1-inch cubes. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and place in a grill-safe dish. Pour enough stock into the dish so that it comes 2 inches up the sides. Roast until tender.
2. Puree half of the vegetables in a food processor with half of the stock. Repeat with the remaining vegetables and stock. If additional liquid is needed to process, add some cream. Once all the veggies are pureed, add the butter, nutmeg, and additional salt and pepper if needed. If you are looking for a thinner consistency or richer texture, add more cream as desired.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Parking Options at the IWFM

Wondering how to park on Saturday when you visit the market? You have a number of options!

Free Lots: There are 2 free lots available. These are usually paid, but on Saturdays the arms will be raised. The lots won't be marked "IWFM parking" but a sign will be placed at the entrance that reads, "Park at your own Risk." During the first weeks of the market, we will have a volunteer stand at the entrance to let you know which lots to park in. When you exit, the arm will be lowered, but if you approach slowly it will raise. These 2 lots will be open:

  • The northeast corner of Alabama St. and Market St. (directly across from the Indy Bike Hub sign)

  • The Arena Square bank lot on the northeast corner of New Jersey St and Washington St

Metered parking is also available on Market St, Delaware St, Wabash St, and Alabama St. Click here for a map of all parking.

Free bike parking is available near both the east and west wings of the City Market. You may also park your bicycle inside the new Indy Bike Hub for $1 an hour, or $5 a day.

Bus lines 2, 5, 8, 17, 19, and 21 make stops within walking distance of the City Market on Saturdays.

However you arrive, we can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Volunteer with the IWFM!

It takes the community to make the Indy Winter Farmers Market a success!

On Monday, Nov. 7 and Monday, Nov. 14, come learn about how volunteers and the community can help the IWFM this season. Familiarize yourself with our new space, get the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about volunteering, and learn about our Volunteer Challenge! (see below)

This is not a mandatory event for volunteers, but we would LOVE to see you! You can RSVP on Volunteer Spot or on our Facebook events: Nov. 7 or Nov. 14

Volunteers are needed in different shifts to help vendors unload product at the beginning of the market, reload product and tear down tables at the end of the market, and help welcome and assist shoppers at the market info table during the market. Sign up for volunteer shifts at our Volunteer Spot page!

What is our Volunteer Challenge? Glad you asked! This season, the IWFM is initiating a challenge among Indianapolis neighborhoods and local businesses/organizations. Each week, every volunteer will earn one point for either a neighborhood or organization which they support. Yes, you can bring your friends, families, and coworkers to earn points too, and you don't have to live in the neighborhood or work at the organization. There will be a tally sheet at the market so that everyone can track who's in the lead (we've already had one neighborhood guarantee that they'll win the prize!). At the end of the season, the neighborhood and the organization with the most points will each win $100 worth of vegetable seeds and starts! Ever wanted to start a community or workplace garden? This could be your chance!

The IWFM wouldn't be in existence if it weren't for great volunteers. We are so thankful for all the support we receive from our community. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you soon!