Monday, July 20, 2009

love your farmers market contest - help your market win $5,000 - vote today!

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, July 25th, 2009:

From the Farm: beets (red, yellow & white), blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chard, chili peppers, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, eggs, eggplant, garlic, green beans, herbs, kale, romaine lettuce (???), maple syrup, meat (beef), onions, sweet peppers, peaches, persimmon pulp, potatoes, rhubarb, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini, fresh flowers, plants
From the Kitchen: cake, cookies, fudge, jams, jellies, lemonade (4 kinds), muffins, sugar free muffins, noodles, pies, quick breads, salt rising bread, sour dough breads, yeast breads
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cat hammocks, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, handcrafted crochet needles, cutting boards, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, recycled bags, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, stilts, monogrammed towels, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns, woven items, knit & crochet kits with unique pattern designs using plant fibers such as cottons and bamboo (Includes FREE jumps start lessons with any kit purchased with assistance as needed throughout projects)
Host Tent: farmers market gift certificates are now available

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
If you’ve ever dreamed of learning how to play a musical instrument, you’re in luck! Margie Delph will conduct a Beginning Mandolin Workshop with tips on jamming etiquette.
There’s no excuse to eat instant food from a box at this time of year. We’ll have a Farm to Fork Chef Demo with Candace Grover & Andrew Apple of Goods for Cooks of Bloomington, who will show us how to take the summer bounty and make something delicious to eat. We’ll also have special guests from the Sycamore Land Trust return to the market to distribute information about their organization whose mission is to preserve the disappearing landscape of southern Indiana. Sycamore Land Trust conserves land to provide habitat for wildlife, protect scenic beauty, and provide places for outdoor enjoyment and education. If you are in our Walking Club, don’t forget to stop by the Host Tent to show off your tracking sheet and get a coupon! If you’d still like to be a part of the Walking Club, come see us in the Host Tent. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the wonderful music provided by our beloved farmers market jammers. If you play an instrument or like to sing, you can be a jammer too! All musicians are certainly welcome. If you jam with us more than three times, you’ll get a t-shirt and a cap! After the farmers market closes at noon, stick around for the Car Show on Congress Square from 1 to 4 p.m. And don’t forget to check out the Orange County 4-H Fair this weekend.

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Gerald & Teresa Moon with their pretty as a picture granddaughter, Madison, are our vendors of the week. They sell yummy lemonade. Be sure to quench your thirst with one of their four kinds of lemonade. Their chilly dilly lemonade is a visitor favorite! If you are visiting their booth when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

LOVE YOUR FARMERS MARKET CONTEST:
As of July 18, 2009, we’re ranked #34 of the top 100 farmers markets in the country! Here’s another love note quote left at the website about our farmers market: “It’s just a wonderful place for a family outing. Hard working folks are making terrific goods and foods. Tell your friends.” If you think the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is the best in the land, and then please cast your vote for us so that we can win the Love Your Farmers Market Contest and help us defeat the big city markets ranked above us! You can cast your vote online at http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com When you get to this webpage, click on the Vote Today button on the right side of the screen. While there, check out some yummy husband-tested recipes. There are over 200 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
· We have at least a dozen produce vendors who can accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Look for their signs or see us at the Host Tent. These vouchers may be used for fresh fruits and vegetables only.
· If you are looking for a gift for someone special, farmers market gift certificates are now available for purchase. You’ll find them at our Host Tent. The gift certificates can be used to purchase any item from any of our friendly vendors.
· Buck-a-Book is in need of cookbooks. Please consider donating or trading cookbooks at our Buck-a-Book trailer.

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
Everyone was shivering a bit this Saturday with fall-like temps, but the chilly weather didn’t make a difference with the numbers of people who came to the farmers market. Gadzooks! We broke the record this week with a whopping 77 vendors! At 11:00 a.m., we counted 265 visitors, our highest customer count this season. We welcomed visitors from Tennessee, Texas, California, Arizona, Kentucky, Florida and all parts of Indiana. Chef Kori Allen of the Sullivan University's Culinary Arts program made a tasty ratatouille with the fresh summer squash, onions and tomatoes available at the market. The Throop Elementary School Cheerleaders held a tip-top pep rally for our vendors with cheers written especially for them. Their enthusiasm brought big smiles from all who watched! Lots of visitors young and old delighted in playing Farmers Market Bingo while they earned coupons for their efforts. We still have Farmers Market Walking Club members stopping by the Host Tent to get their well-deserved coupons too. Seventeen jammers played music all morning for our shopping enjoyment. Brack and Linda were busy taking visitors for horse and buggy rides too! Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open buggy!

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by to see our BUCK A BOOK where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Buy a book for a buck or trade two books for one book. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE, and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 22:
Join us this Wednesday, July 22nd at Lost River Market & Deli for a “Dine Local Dinner” from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Diners can expect fresh grilled Fischer Farms burgers and Hall Farm Brats, plus a variety of dishes and salads made from locally grown in-season produce. Enjoy music by Orange County HomeGrown jammers while you eat. This event is open to the public and all shoppers are welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

love your farmers market contest - help your market win $5,000 - vote today!

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, July 18th, 2009:

From the Farm: beets, blackberries???, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggs, green beans, herbs, maple syrup, meat (beef), onions, sweet peppers, peaches, persimmon pulp, potatoes, rhubarb, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini, fresh flowers, plants
From the Kitchen: cookies, fudge, granola, jams, jellies, lemonade (3 kinds), muffins, noodles, pies, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast breads
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cat hammocks, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, handcrafted crochet needles, cutting boards, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, recycled bags, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, stilts, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns, woven items
Host Tent: farmers market gift certificates are now available

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
This week we’ll have some of our favorite special guests return to cheer on our wonderful vendors! At 10:00, the energetic Throop Elementary School Cheerleaders will have a Farmers Market Pep Rally & Cheerleading Clinic for School Age Children (up to 6th grade.) If you want to start your day off on a happy note, don’t miss this event! Also at 10:00, we will welcome a new chef, Kori Allen, to our farmers market for a Farm to Fork Chef Demo. We’re also trying out a new event with Farmers Market Bingo! Stop by the Host Tent, pick up a Bingo card and start playing! To play, find the vendors, jammers and volunteers on the bingo card and ask them for a sticker. When you get “five stickers in a row” come back to the Host Tent for a coupon! If you are in our Walking Club, don’t forget to stop by the Host Tent to show off your tracking sheet and get a coupon! If you’d still like to be a part of the Walking Club, come see us in the Host Tent. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the wonderful music provided by our beloved farmers market jammers. If you play an instrument or like to sing, you can be a jammer too! All musicians are certainly welcome. If you jam with us more than three times, you’ll get a t-shirt and a cap! After your trip to the farmers market, go home, take a nap and return to the park for the free Concert in the Park at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Crawford County Band.

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Debbie Clendenning is our featured vendor this week. She sells bags made from recycled plastic shopping bags. They’re extra strong and perfect for use as a farmers market tote. Buy one of her EcoFriendly bags and help keep all of that plastic out of the landfills! If you are visiting her booth when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

LOVE YOUR FARMERS MARKET CONTEST:
As of July 11, 2009, we’re ranked #36 of the top 100 farmers markets in the country! Here’s a love note quote left at the website about our farmers market: “It is one of the highlights of our week to visit the Farmers Market in Orleans. The people are friendly, the produce top notch, great atmosphere with local musicians playing, local chefs whipping up something with the fresh produce they have just purchased, crafts, used books, walking club, and baked goods. Anything that rates setting your alarm on a Saturday morning speaks for itself.” If you think the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is the best in the land, and then please cast your vote for us so that we can win the Love Your Farmers Market Contest and help us defeat the big city markets ranked above us! You can cast your vote online at http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com When you get to this webpage, click on the Vote Today button on the right side of the screen. While there, check out some yummy husband-tested recipes. There are over 200 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
· We have at least a dozen produce vendors who can accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Look for their signs or see us at the Host Tent. These vouchers may be used for fresh fruits and vegetables only.
· If you are looking for a gift for someone special, farmers market gift certificates are now available for purchase. You’ll find them at our Host Tent. The gift certificates can be used to purchase any item from any of our friendly vendors.
· Buck-a-Book is in need of cookbooks. Please consider donating or trading cookbooks at our Buck-a-Book trailer.

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
We were expecting a hot and muggy morning, but the clouds came in and a cool breeze kept everyone at the farmers market comfortable. It threatened rain and radar revealed rain encircling our market almost the entire morning, but we got nary a drop. Jon Lamb, one of our vendors, later declared that he had been doing a “don’t rain” dance under his vendor table, so because of Jon’s dancing feet, we had another big market this week with 64 vendors in attendance. As early as 9:00, we counted 194 visitors. At 10:00, we counted 240 and at 11:00, there were 194 visitors enjoying our farmers market. The corn has now arrived and there was a long line of corn lovers waiting to buy! Speaking of long lines, just a few steps away from the corn line, there was a line of hungry visitors getting free samples of the delicious marinated grilled beef (from our vendor Briscoe Beef) and the tasty fresh corn relish made with a dash of chilly dilly lemon that Chefs Robbie Bellew and Mitch Cosby of the French Lick Resort Hotel whipped up with this morning’s fresh produce. Buck-a-Book was bustling with readers taking advantage of the nice selection of books. Larry Ordner spent the morning with us after donating 500 children’s books from Senator Richard Lugar’s office. He even helped with tearing down at closing time. It was Book Lover’s Day and so all of our donations for today will be given to our three local libraries. Sycamore Land Trust was on hand to give out information about their mission to conserve the Southern Indiana landscape. Our jammers were a big hit as always, especially with our out of town visitors from Texas and Iowa!

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by to see our BUCK A BOOK where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Buy a book for a buck or trade two books for one book. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE, and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

FREE HOMEGROWN ARTS LAWN CHAIR CONCERT THIS THURSDAY!
This Thursday, July 16th, the Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series will present a free 2 hour concert on the front lawn of the French Lick Resort Hotel. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., BLEND, an a capella doo wop group will perform. Blend is the A Cappella group bringing back all of your favorite hits from the 50's and 60's with a twist of fun! BLEND is able to entertain crowds of all sizes and ages and is sure to leave everyone tapping their feet or clapping their hands with a smile upon their face. BLEND is a show you do not want to miss! This concert will happen rain or shine. Inclement weather location will be up on the hotel porch. So be sure to take advantage of this evening of great music! The Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series is made possible by volunteers, audience contributions, and a grant from the Jasper Community Arts Center, Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Visit French Lick West Baden.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, July 11th, 2009:

From the Farm: broccoli, cabbage, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggs, garlic, green beans, herbs, maple syrup, meat (beef), onions, sweet peppers, persimmon pulp, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini, fresh flowers, plants
From the Kitchen: cookies, doggie treats, granola, jams, jellies, lemonade (3 kinds), muffins, noodles, pies, quick breads, salt rising bread
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cat hammocks, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, handcrafted crochet needles, cutting boards, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, recycled bags, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, stilts, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns, woven items
Host Tent: farmers market gift certificates are now available

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
To celebrate the coming of the summer vegetables, we’ll have another Farm to Fork Chef Demo with French Lick Springs Resort Chef at 10:00. They’ll use fresh produce purchased from our very own vendors to cook up something wonderful to taste. Free samples while they last! We’ll also have special guests from the Sycamore Land Trust who will distribute information about their organization whose mission is to preserve the disappearing landscape of southern Indiana. Sycamore Land Trust conserves land to provide habitat for wildlife, protect scenic beauty, and provide places for outdoor enjoyment and education. Brack and Linda may return this Saturday for their popular horse and buggy rides. If you are in our Walking Club, don’t forget to stop by the Host Tent to show off your tracking sheet and get a coupon! If you’d still like to be a part of the Walking Club, come see us in the Host Tent. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the wonderful music provided by our beloved farmers market jammers. If you play an instrument or like to sing, you can be a jammer too! All musicians are certainly welcome. If you come jam with us more than three times, you’ll get a t-shirt and a cap!

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Buck-a-Book is our featured vendor this week. We now have over 5,000 books that have been traded or donated to our farmers market. This week, all book sale donations will go to Orange County Public Libraries. So please stop by and support our Buck-a-Book and our wonderful public libraries!
If you are visiting the Buck-a-Book when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

LOVE YOUR FARMERS MARKET CONTEST:
Do you think the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is the best in the land? Then please cast your vote for us so that we can win the Love Your Farmers Market Contest! You can cast your vote online at http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com When you get to this webpage, click on the Vote Today button on the right side of the screen.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
· We have at least a dozen produce vendors who can accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Look for their signs or see us at the Host Tent. These vouchers may be used for fresh fruits and vegetables only.
· If you are looking for a gift for someone special, farmers market gift certificates are now available for purchase. You’ll find them at our Host Tent. The gift certificates can be used to purchase any item from any of our friendly vendors.
· Buck-a-Book is in need of cookbooks. Please consider donating or trading cookbooks at our Buck-a-Book trailer.

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
Even with the cloudy start, we had 63 vendors who set up at the farmers market. We registered four more vendors. Several craft vendors left midway through the morning because of the drizzle. Our customer count hovered just over 100 visitors each hour we did a customer count. Several people took advantage of our free yoga class with Janet Kennedy. Many Walking Club members stopped by the Host Tent to pick up their coupons and sign up for their chance to win a prize at the end of September. We even signed up three more for our Walking Club. The Kimmel family did a fabulous job with their beekeeping exhibit. They brought live bees, beekeeping equipment and information. They had a steady stream of visitors very interested in their display.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by to see our BUCK A BOOK where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Buy a book for a buck or trade two books for one book. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE, and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 200 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Monday, June 29, 2009

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, July 4th, 2009:

From the Farm: beets, black raspberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, corn (????), cucumbers, eggs, garlic, gourds, green beans, green tomatoes, kale, lettuces, meat (beef), onions, sweet peppers, potatoes, radicchio, scallions, summer squash, turnips, zucchini, fresh flowers, plants, water plants
From the Kitchen: brownies, cake, caramel corn, cookies, doggie treats, granola, jams, jellies, lemonade (3 kinds), muffins, noodles, peanut brittle, persimmon pulp, pies, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast bread, yeast rolls
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cat hammocks, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, handcrafted crochet needles, cutting boards, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, recycled bags, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, stilts, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns, woven items
Host Tent: farmers market gift certificates are now available

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Our favorite yoga teacher extraordinaire, Janet Kennedy, will be back to teach a free yoga class for men and women in the cool shade of the trees beginning at 8:30 a.m. No experience necessary. All ability levels are welcome. If you don’t have a yoga mat, one will be provided for you. Other items to bring, if you wish: an old blanket, an old necktie or belt and an old sheet. If you are in our Walking Club, don’t forget to stop by the Host Tent to show off your tracking sheet and get a coupon! If you’d still like to be a part of the Walking Club, come see us in the Host Tent. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy the wonderful music provided by our beloved farmers market jammers. If you play an instrument or like to sing, you can be a jammer too! All musicians are certainly welcome. If you come jam with us more than three times, you’ll get a t-shirt and a cap!

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Megan Brim is this week’s featured vendor. She sells lovely daylilies that she grows in her garden. If you are visiting her booth when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

LOVE YOUR FARMERS MARKET CONTEST:
Do you think the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is the best in the land? Then please cast your vote for us so that we can win the Love Your Farmers Market Contest! You can cast your vote online at http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com When you get to this webpage, click on the Vote Today button on the right side of the screen.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:
· We have at least a dozen produce vendors who can accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Look for their signs or see us at the Host Tent. These vouchers may be used for fresh fruits and vegetables only.
· If you are looking for a gift for someone special, farmers market gift certificates are now available for purchase. You’ll find them at our Host Tent. The gift certificates can be used to purchase any item from any of our friendly vendors.
· Buck-a-Book is in need of cookbooks. Please consider donating or trading cookbooks at our Buck-a-Book trailer.

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
We had a very hot day at this week’s farmers market. Sixty-three vendors and lots of customers braved the heat. HomeGrown’s RiverSpirit Adopt-a-River/RiverWatch volunteers, Larry and Helen, had quite a crowd at their fascinating display! Our good friend Gregg Rago, “Raggs,” of Nick’s English Hut, Bloomington, and his lovely wife Susan grilled up the best burgers with garlic mayo and topped them off with kale and onions. They used farmers market ingredients and also spices purchased at Lost River Market & Deli. The youngsters visiting our farmers market learned how to make their own seed tapes during the Junior Master Gardener Workshop. Many thanks to one of our wonderful vendors who showed special attention to a young visitor who was a bit overcome with the heat.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by to see our BUCK A BOOK where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Buy a book for a buck or trade two books for one book. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE, and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

HOMEGROWN ARTS FREE LAWN CHAIR CONCERT:
Thursday, July 2nd, the Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series will present a free 2 hour concert at Lost River Market & Deli. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Grease Gravy (Eclectic blend, old time, jazz, folk & blues) will perform and then at 7:30 p.m. Fiddle Fire (classical to driving tunes by the Panning family). This concert will happen rain or shine. Inclement weather location will be just across the street at Paoli Presbyterian Church.) Lost River Market & Deli will also have a grill-out with Fischer Farmer burgers and brats plus cool drinks starting at 6 p.m. So be sure to take advantage of this evening of great food and great music! The Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series is made possible by volunteers, audience contributions, and a grant from the Jasper Community Arts Center, Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Visit French Lick West Baden.

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 200 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week, we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, June 20th, 2009:

From the Farm: beets, black raspberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggs, endive, gooseberries, greens, green beans, fresh herbs, lettuces, maple syrup, meat (beef and pork), mint, onions, sugar snap peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, spinach, summer squash, local greenhouse tomatoes, zucchini, fresh flowers, plants, water plants
From the Kitchen: brownies, cake, cookies, doggie treats, fudge, granola, jams, jellies, lemonade, muffins, noodles, peanut brittle, persimmon pudding, pies, popcorn treats, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast bread, sugar free baked goods, walnut pieces
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Our friends, the Lawrence County Rock Club will be at the Market to show off their wonderful rocks and minerals. They will be happy to help you identify any rocks or minerals that you bring to the Market too! Linda Franklin, Family Nutrition Assistant with Purdue Orange County Extension Office, will present a Farm to Fork Cooking Demonstration. She’ll show you how to grill up something nutritious using our fresh local produce.
Dust off those walking shoes! It’s the last day to sign up for our popular Farmers Market Walking Club Steps to Better Health sponsored by Bloomington Hospital of Orange County Community Outreach, Dunn Memorial Hospital, Williams Bros. Pharmacy and Orange County HomeGrown. For signing up, you will receive a free water bottle, walking trail maps, a step counter, a free health screening which includes Total Cholesterol/Glucose/Blood Pressure, Walking Club instructions plus a coupon to spend at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets. Dunn Memorial will also be on hand to do lipid panel tests for $10 each. Margie Delph will hold a Beginning Fiddle Workshop. (Our buggy driver will be out of town this weekend, but plans to return to the farmers market for more rides later.)

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Susie Byerly is this week’s featured vendor. She’s been with our market for several years now. She sells homemade doggie treats, dog scarves, dog leashes and collars. She also makes really cute flip flops and headbands. So if you are a doggie lover, be sure to visit her booth and buy your furry buddy a present! If you are visiting Susie’s booth when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
What a lovely day for the farmers market and the Lotus Dickey Music and Arts Reunion Festival! Again we had record numbers for this time of year. Sixty-five vendors set up to sell their fresh produce, baked goods and crafts. At 9 a.m. we counted 135 visitors, at 10 a.m. there were 251 visitors and at 11 a.m. we counted 210 shoppers in addition to the 225 over by the stage listening to the festival music. People came from all over too. Visitors from Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Illinois and all parts of Indiana signed our guest book. Seventeen more people signed up for the farmer market walking club making a total of 41 walkers! It’s not too late to sign up. We’ll sign up walkers for one more Saturday. The Red Cross Bus was busy taking blood donations. We’ll announce results of the blood drive later. We heard great music from our beloved jammers who were also joined by musicians who came to the park to perform or listen to the music of the festival.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by and see our BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Just bring the books to the BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER and choose a book for free. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

FREE CONCERT THIS THURSDAY:
Thursday, June 18th, the Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series will present a free 2 hour concert on the French Lick Springs Resort Lawn featuring Leo Gronquist (Folk & Pop Music of the 60s -70s) starting at 6:30 p.m. and Mark Walton & Pilot Knob Ridge (Original tunes & Bluegrass) at 7:30 p.m. (Inclement weather location will be on the porch of the French Lick Springs Resort.)

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 200 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week, we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, June 13th, 2009:

From the Farm: beets, black raspberries, bok choy, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, eggs, endive, garlic scapes and garlic scallions, gooseberries, greens, fresh herbs, lettuces, maple syrup, meat (beef and pork), mint, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, local greenhouse tomatoes, hydroponic tomatoes, fresh flowers, plants, water plants
From the Kitchen: brownies, cake, cookies, doggie treats, fudge, granola, lemonade, muffins, noodles, peanut brittle, persimmon pulp, pies, popcorn treats, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast bread
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
It’s time to roll up your sleeves to give the gift of life. The American Red Cross bus will be at the farmers market to take blood donations beginning at 8:00 a.m. If you are a presenting donor, you’ll get a $2.00 coupon to spend at the farmers market. It’s not too late to sign up for the Farmers Market Walking Club sponsored by Bloomington Hospital of Orange County Community Outreach, Dunn Memorial Hospital, Williams Bros. Pharmacy and Orange County HomeGrown. For signing up, you will receive a free water bottle, walking trail maps, a step counter, a free health screening which includes Total Cholesterol/Glucose/Blood Pressure, Walking Club instructions plus a coupon to spend at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets. (Sign-ups will also take place on June 20th) Dunn Memorial will also be on hand to do lipid panel tests for $10 each. It’s the summer festival you’ve all been waiting for! The fabulous Lotus Dickey Hometown Music & Arts Festival will take place this weekend in conjunction with the farmers market. Music will begin Friday night and continue through Sunday evening. Not only will our Jammer Tent be filled with music, you’ll also be able to hear some great music from two stages in the park. Brack and Linda plan to take more visitors on horse and buggy rides around the quaint historic Town of Orleans. Buggy ride donations are given to the farmers market.

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Briscoe Beef of Mitchell, Indiana is this week’s featured vendor. The Briscoe family sells state-inspected, all natural, farm fresh freezer beef. We are delighted to have them selling local beef at our farmers market. Plan your next big family grill out and head over to their booth to buy those steaks and burgers! If you are visiting Briscoe Beef’s booth (look for the red Indiana Hoosiers tent when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!
REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET: What a beautiful sunny day we had today as we all headed for the farmers market. Again we had record numbers of vendors and customers. At 9 a.m., there were 124 visitors, at 10 a.m., 216 visitors and at 11 a.m. there were 163 visitors taking advantage of the lovely morning. We counted 68 vendors and many had lovely spring produce. Several people enjoyed the free yoga class offered. Twenty-three people (18 women and 5 men) signed up our new Farmers Market Walking Club sponsored by Bloomington Hospital of Orange County Community Outreach, Dunn Memorial Hospital, Williams Bros. Pharmacy and Orange County HomeGrown. Don’t worry; sign-ups will also take place on June 13th and 20th. We had another delicious Farm to Fork Chef Demo with French Lick Springs Resort Chefs. They were busy with the long line of hungry people who enjoyed sampling their yummy dishes. Our Farmers Market Jammers played music all morning while Brack and Linda took market visitors on horse and buggy rides around town.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by and see our BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Just bring the books to the BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER and choose a book for free. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. This week they are having their official Grand Opening/Blessing of the Market Ceremony and will offer free tea, lemonade & cookies. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market on W. College Street next to French Lick Post Office with the French Lick Market.

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 100 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Monday, June 01, 2009

What’s Happening at This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!
Last week, we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, June 6th, 2009:

From the Farm: asparagus, beets, bok choy, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, eggs, garlic scapes, greens, fresh herbs, lettuces, maple syrup, meat (beef and pork), onions, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, snow peas, spinach, sugar snap peas, hydroponic tomatoes, baby salad turnips, hydroponic tomatoes, fresh flowers, plants, water plants
From the Kitchen: brownies, cake, cookies, doggie treats, fudge, granola, lemonade, muffins, peanut brittle, persimmon pulp, pies, popcorn treats, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast bread
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, horseshoe crafts, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, wooden bowls, wooden toys, wreaths, wool yarns

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
If you’re looking for ways to do your body good, look no further than the farmers market this week. At 8:30, Janet Kennedy, yoga instructor extraordinaire, will teach a yoga class for men and women. No experience necessary. All ability levels are welcome! If you don’t have a yoga mat, one will be provided for you. Other items to bring, if you wish: an old blanket, an old necktie or belt and an old sheet. Be sure to sign up for our new Farmers Market Walking Club sponsored by Bloomington Hospital of Orange County Community Outreach, Dunn Memorial Hospital, Williams Bros. Pharmacy and Orange County HomeGrown. For signing up, you will receive a free water bottle, walking trail maps, a step counter, a free health screening which includes Total Cholesterol/Glucose/Blood Pressure, Walking Club instructions plus a coupon to spend at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets. (Sign-ups will also take place on June 13th and 20th) Beginning at 10:00, we’ll have a Farm to Fork Chef Demo with French Lick Springs Resort Chefs. We’ll set up our Board Game Table for the kids too! And, as always, our Farmers Market Jammers will lift your spirits with their fun music. Experience Works will be present as well to provide information about their program for seniors. Bring your instrument and/or your singin’ voice and join in!

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Beverly Baird a.k.a. “The Drive-By Shooter” is this week’s featured vendor. She takes stupendous photographs of our beloved Orange County from her car! Beverly also makes yummy good-for-you rolls. Stop by her booth, browse through her many photos and buy one of her rolls to go with your morning farmers market coffee. If you are visiting her booth when the timer rings, you’ll get coupon!

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET: With rain in the forecast, we had 65 vendors in attendance! The market was bustling with customers as well. At 10 a.m. we counted 185 visitors buying the wonderful spring produce available right now. The Blessing of the Market must have taken because we got not one drop of rain, the sun came out and it turned out to be a lovely day! French Lick Springs Resort Chefs Bellew and Paul Owen showed us how to make delicious salads and several types of vinaigrettes. Margie Delph shared her talents with us by holding a Beginning Guitar Workshop. (She’ll be teaching other beginning instrument workshops later this season.) Brack and Linda were busy taking market attendees on horse and buggy rides around the quaint Town of Orleans. You know the buggy is ready to take on passengers when you hear the cowbell ring.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by and see our BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Just bring the books to the BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER and choose a book for free. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a brand new beautiful location. Be sure to visit the Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56. You’ll also find Valley Farmers Market vendors on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the French Lick Market just off College Street near the Orange County HomeGrown Artisan Gallery.

FREE CONCERT COMING UP:
Orange County HomeGrown Lawn Chair Concert Series will present a free concert this Thursday, June 4th, featuring Singer-Songwriters Andy Mahler, Melinda Sketo and the Woodsmalls starting at 6:30 p.m. at Lost River Market & Deli. (Inclement weather location will be at the Paoli Presbyterian Church just across the street from the store.) Lost River Market & Deli will also have a grill-out during that time. So be sure to take advantage of this evening of great food and great music! The Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series is made possible by volunteers, audience contributions, and a grant from the Jasper Community Arts Center, Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Visit French Lick West Baden. Check local newspapers for the complete schedule or sign up to receive concert reminders via email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 100 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

This Week’s Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market
The Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is located on the west side of the beautiful historic Congress Square Park in Orleans, Indiana, and takes place each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Please support your local growers, bakers, artists and handcrafters by shopping at the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Bring your friends and family!

Last week, we surveyed our wonderful vendors. Here’s what they expect to have at the Orange County HomeGrown on Saturday, May 30tht, 2009:
From the Farm: bok choy, Chinese cabbage, eggs, greens, fresh herbs, leeks, lettuce, maple syrup, meat (beef and pork), onions, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, hydroponic tomatoes, turnips, hydroponic tomatoes, fresh flowers, plants, water plants,
From the Kitchen: brownies, cake, cinnamon rolls, cookies, doggie, treats, fudge, granola, lemonade, muffins, peanut brittle, persimmon pulp, pies, popcorn treats, quick breads, salt rising bread, yeast bread
Art and Crafts: aprons, baby bibs, bags, baskets, bean bag toys, bird houses, candles, cloth books, clothespin bags, crochet, hypertufa, jewelry, leather goods, painted gourds, painted tools, planters, photographs, purses, quilts, rugs, rustic furniture, signs, soft goods, soaps, stationary, wooden bowls, wreaths

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Beginning at 10:00, we’ll have a Farm to Fork Chef Demo with a French Lick Springs Resort Chef. Margie Delph will offer a Beginning Guitar Workshop with tips on jamming etiquette. Workshop participants will receive a coupon for the farmers market. It’s also Game Day! Bring your game face, find a partner, and play one of the many board games we’ll have at the Host Tent. Participating game players will receive a coupon to spend at the Market! Hoola Hoops available for the young and the young at heart! And, as always, our Farmers Market Jammers will lift your spirits with their fun music. Bring your instrument and/or your singin’ voice and join in!

OUR VENDOR OF THE WEEK: Marcia Gwaltney is this week’s featured vendor. Marcia is new to our market this season. She sells the prettiest boxes and prints, plus beautiful stationary! They would make lovely gifts if you could stand to part with them. If you are visiting her booth when the timer rings, you’ll get a coupon!

REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET: Well, I’ll be! Opening Day broke records! Even with some of our veteran vendors absent due to graduations and Memorial Day travels, we had 69 vendors in attendance! Last year, we opened with 47 vendors. Our customer count was up from last year’s Opening Day as well. Last year at 9 a.m. we had 45 visitors, this year 87 visitors. Last year at 10 a.m. we had 107 visitors, this year 152 visitors. Last year at 11 a.m. we had 79 visitors, this year 164 visitors. It was great to see everyone again and also to welcome new faces. Before the season began, we registered 77 vendors early. We registered 16 vendors on Opening Day making a total of 93 vendors have registered so far (23 brand new to our market.) By last year’s season’s end we had registered 123 vendors. Thank goodness we had a great team of volunteers who showed up to help us out. (We still need volunteers.) For our Blessing of the Market Ceremony, we had special guest speakers Robert Henderson, Michael Fields and Representative Sandy Blanton. We were thrilled to have Mary Mininger bless the market again this year. Musical duo Late for Supper (Pete Webb and Jesse Smith) performed a song written especially for the occasion. Several visitors took advantage of our horse and buggy rides through the historic neighborhoods of Orleans with Brack Coulter and Linda Lee as their guides. We hope to have horse and buggy rides throughout the season.

OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKET: Be sure to stop by and see our BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market (Orleans). Just bring the books to the BUCK A BOOK/BOOK A BOOK TRAILER and choose a book for free. Visit us at the Host Tent and have a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We are fortunate to have friendly, helpful MASTER GARDENERS at every market. Bring your gardening questions to the MASTER GARDENER TABLE and they will be very happy to help you! Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck. They will take household items for recycling, such as cardboard, newspapers, junk mail, paper, magazines, catalogues, plastic bottles #1 and #2, aluminum cans, scrap metal, metal cans, plastic grocery bags. Please rinse out plastic bottles and remove lids. Also, rinse out cans. Please break down cardboard boxes. Many of our produce vendors are WIC VENDORS and will accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers. Visit the LOST RIVER MARKET & DELI INFORMATION BOOTH and learn more about our local community grocery store in Paoli, located at 26 Library Street behind the Paoli Public Library. This full service member-owned food co-op market not only has a deli, but also bulk items, local and organic produce, local meats, cheeses, natural foods, wine and beer. Be sure to stop by to take a look. Everyone is welcome.

VALLEY FARMERS MARKET ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market is open on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. They have a brand new beautiful location. Be sure to visit the Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market now located between the Indiana Railway Museum and the French Lick Springs over-flow parking lot just off of Highway 56.

FREE CONCERT COMING UP:
Orange County HomeGrown Lawn Chair Concert Series will present a free concert this Thursday, May 28th featuring Wildflower & Weeds and then Los Luddites starting at 6:30 p.m. on the French Lick Springs Resort Lawn. (Inclement weather location will be on the porch of the French Lick Springs Resort.) The Orange County HomeGrown Arts Lawn Chair Concert Series is made possible by volunteers, audience contributions, and a grant from the Jasper Community Arts Center, Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Visit French Lick West Baden. Check local newspapers for the complete schedule or sign up to receive concert reminders via email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

FREE RECIPES:
Check out some yummy husband-tested recipes by visiting http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com . There are over 100 recipes on the page so far. Recipes featuring ingredients found at Lost River Market & Deli and the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market are put to the test and added to the blog on a regular basis.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Orange County HomeGrown is an all-volunteer, non-profit, community service organization. If you are interested in volunteering for any of its projects, such as the Orleans or Valley Farmers Markets, the Lawn Chair Concert Series or the Adopt-a-River of Lost River, we’d love to have you. Just call (812) 653-1047 or send us an email at orangecountyhomegrown@earthlink.net

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