The Owen County Farmers’ Market (OCFM) is committed to supporting locally grown and produced foods and bringing the very best and freshest of the season to our community. At the OCFM you will find the very best seasonal produce, well cared for bed and garden plants, quality handmade crafts, and delicious ready to eat treats. The OCFM is a producer only market so you can shake the hand of a farmer that grows your food and meet the artisan that made it by hand.
Join in the fun all season long as we bring family fun events, educational workshops, and demonstration to the OCFM. Events like the Rise & Shine Farm to City 5k and youth fun runs, Pioneer Day, Kid’s Day, Farm to Table Dinner, and much more. The OCFM presents live music each Saturday. Come shop for locally grown produce and handmade crafts while enjoying the sounds of local entertainment.
News from the Market
Save the Date
Let kids explore the farmers market and enjoy fun games and costume parade.
National Farmers’ Market Week
Come celebrate all the goodness of a farmers’ market and being able to buy local!
Jolly Homemakers Extension Club joins us to answer all your canning questions.
Med-Check & How to pack a healthy school lunch
Johnson N Nichols hosts a med-check and demonstration on how to pack a healthy school lunch
Farm to Table Dinner
Dining amongst neighbors and friends with the Owen County Courthouse in the landscape and an atmosphere of sophistication yet hometown feeling made the Farm to Table dinner a memorable moment in 2014. The Owen County Farmers’ Market will be hosting the event again on September 12, 2015 with tickets going on sale this Saturday, July 11, at the farmers’ market.
New for 2015 the Freedomaires 4-H club will be offer babysitting service as parents attend the Farm to Table Dinner. Leaders of the Freedomaires 4-H club are coordinating arrangements with the Tivoli Theatre to provide games, crafts, and a movie for children. The service will be provided as part of the 4-H members community service project and available for the cost of a movie ticket and free-will donation. Additional information will be available as details are planned, if you would be interested in the service please pre-register when purchasing Farm to Table Dinner tickets.
Every Farm to Table dinner is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Held in downtown Spencer on Main St the 2015 event is designed to serve 200 guests. In keeping with Owen County Farmers’ Market’s focus on the local food culture, the dinner menu is comprised of foods gathered from local growers’ and prepared by volunteers. Guests can arrive at 5:30pm for the social hour with hors d’oeuvres of fresh tortilla chips and garden tomato salsa or crisp vegetables served with Mediterranean hummus. The dinner will start at 6:00pm with the second course of soup or salad, choices includes tomato basil Parmesan soup or green salad with vinaigrette. The entrée choices includes pork loin with savory garlic and herb corn and wheat bread or eggplant Parmesan with green beans and garlic bread. The meal will be completed with a dessert slice of pie.
Organizations such as Owen County Farm Bureau, Owen Valley FFA, Owen Valley ROTC, 4-H clubs and Junior Leaders, Owen County Extension Homemakers, Purdue Extension, Owen County Fair Queen Court, Spencer Lions Club, Babbs SuperValu, Tivoli Theatre, Anthony Leaderbrand of Owen Valley Winery, and individual volunteers are helping to make the 2nd annual Farm to Table event extraordinary. Many volunteers are needed for this event, if you or your organization would like to be involved please contact Andrea Curry at 812.360.1166 or email@example.com.
Set your alarm clock to be at the Owen County Farmers’ Market at 8:30am on Saturday July 11th to buy your tickets. Tickets are first come, first served with only 200 tickets available. Ticket prices are $15 per person or $25 per pair of tickets with a limit of 6 tickets per person. Please be prepared to make menu selections at the time of ticket purchase to help us organize the event. This event is a rain or shine event, in the case of rain the event will be moved to an indoor location. Tickets will be available at the farmers market each week until sold out. The Owen County Farmers’ Market is located on the lot next to Babbs SuperValu with hours are 8:30am to 12:30pm Saturday mornings. For more information visit www.owencountyfarmersmarket.com.
Vending at the Owen County Farmers’ Market
Selling your farm/garden foods, prepared foods, and crafts is easy at the farmers market.
2015 Vendor Booth Rental Fees
Full Season (22 weeks) is $150.00
Seasonal (11 weeks) is $120.00
Daily is $15
Lemonade Stand for youth 12 and under is 50 cents.
Farmers are persons who raise produce (vegetables, fruits), herbs, flowers or nursery crops from seed or plants and care for, cultivate and harvest the crops offered for sale at the market. … learn more about vending as a farm vendor
PREPARED FOOD VENDORS:
A prepared food (as known as value added food) vendor is anyone selling foods that have been processed or altered from their original state. Sample of prepared foods are meat products, baked goods, or ready to eat foods. … learn more about vending as a prepared food vendor
Market Dates for 2015
Saturdays May 2 - Oct 3
(Closed Sept 19)
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Corner of N. Short St and Hwy 46 in Spencer (459 W. Morgan St., Spencer, IN 47460)
Support the Market with a Donation
Your tax-deductible donations help us with operational expenses and to promote our farmers markets and sustainable food system through our educational programs, website, and events. You can make a donation by talking to us at the market, or mail a check to the market office at Owen County Farmers Market, PO Box 650, Spencer, IN 47460.
Seeking Workshop Demonstrations
We are also looking for organizations or volunteers to do an education workshop or demonstration during the market season. These workshops could be on gardening, crafts, cooking, raising livestock, nutrition or any educational topic related to the market goals of fosters the connection between our food, our culture, our land and our environment. Contact Carrie Napier 765.712.1047
Seeking Musical Entertainment
We are currently scheduling individuals and groups to provide live entertainment at the farmers market during the market. The market will provide $25 per entertainer to a max of $75 for groups, plus a tip jar is available. If you are a musician who is interested in performing on stage at this years Owen County Farmers Market, please contact Carrie to sign up.