“The supermarket represents the season of the world. The farmers market is the season of your world.”
–Deborah Madison, author and chef

Monday, August 29, 2011

Market News from Saturday

The big plus of the day, says Market Manager Donna, was Phil and Edie Sutton from Purdue Extension. People showed up at 9am sharp ready for a food preservation demonstration after reading the article in Monday's South Bend Tribune. Edie took all their questions and spent a lot of time with them. They came from Osceola and south of SB and all over just for the food preservation information!

Phil is looking forward to developing and starting a series of seminars this winter to promote people using their backyard gardens to earn some extra income by selling at the Urban Garden Market. That's exciting!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nat'l Farmers Market Fest was Full of Fun!

The atmosphere was that sense of a community gathering. Eating food together will do that! The corn roast was a hit and Jason did an awesome job cooking the corn. "It was the best corn I have ever had," raved market manager Donna. A big thanks to Jean Rudolf for donating the corn.
The exhibitors were great as well. Educational exhibits provided by the St. Joseph County Farm Bureau, St. Joseph County Health Department, and the Unity Gardens; and free Blood pressure and glucose testing by Bendix Family Physicians. Lots of people visited them.
In addition, music by Jack Daly guitar and song) and Kathy Jerrell (dulcimer)was enjoyed by all.
What a great day! A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped serve, run errands, and who provided the big tent.
See you next Saturday at the market!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Food and What to do With It

A story about home canning, featured Monday August 22 in the South bend Tribune, asked, "Want to learn more?" The answer can be found at the Urban Garden Market this Saturday, August 27, from 9am-1pm. Edie Sutton, an educator with Purdue Extension, will provide a demonstration on home canning. It's free and fun and delicious. Come find out what to do with market goodies to see you through the winter!
Read the article HERE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This Saturday celebrate National Farmer's Market Week at the Urban Garden Market! Enjoy a corn roast with corn provided by vendor Jean Rudolph (thanks, Jean!) and live music. Yum, yum, fun!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Corn roast, music at Urban Garden Market

Corn roast, music at Urban Garden Market
This Saturday August 13 help us celebrate National Farmers Market Week! There will be a corn roast and music and all your favorite vendors. Celebrate the bounty of summer and your west side source for fresh, local food!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Corn Roast, Music, Exhibits!

Every day this summer, communities are converging to celebrate a simple miracle: farmers, as stewards of rural America, coming together to share a harvest that’s feeding local families. The result? More viable regional economies; increased access to fresh, nutritious food; and stronger social networks that help keep communities strong.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 7-13, 2011 as National Farmers Market Week. In celebration, the Urban Garden Market is hosting a Corn Roast from 10:00am to 1:00pm. There will also be live music plus exhibitors representing a variety of organizations and interests.

This year marks the 12th annual National Farmers Market Week. Farmers markets are becoming fresh food mainstays for shoppers across all socio-economic, political, and ethnic ranges. Farmers markets bolster local economies, improve community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space. Indiana is home to 168 farmers markets up from 140 in 2010. The Government’s Ag Marketing Service lists Indiana in the top ten states with farmers’ market growth.

“One of my favorite parts of the market day is listening as the farmers engage in conversation with their customers, answering their questions, giving ideas on how to fix a particular food that is in season, explaining the difference between white potatoes and red potatoes or describing the flavor of a citrus cucumber or kohlrabi. There is so much interaction between the farmer and the city dweller—a lot of education takes place on any given Saturday,” said Donna Ring, Market Manager

“Farmers markets grow healthy farms, healthy people, and healthy communities” says Stacy Miller, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “During a slow economic recovery, farmers markets are stand-out successes in delivering triple bottom line benefits while making entrepreneurship work in communities large and small. During Farmers Market Week, we invite everyone to celebrate their local farmers markets and enjoy fresh local food from America’s most innovative farmers.”