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2017 Informational Vendor Meeting

Category : Vendor Information

Looking to be a vendor at the market in 2017?

We will be hosting an information meeting to answer questions, as well as take registrations and allow full and half season vendors booth space selection.

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Farm Bureau, 743 E Franklin St Ste A, Spencer, IN 47460

Know you want to be a vendor? Here is our 2017 Vendor Application that you can complete and turn in at the meeting.  Here are some additional information you might find helpful: OCFM Rules, Value Added Food Addendum Rules

Still looking for more information? Visit our vendor pages to find out more.


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Limited Edition T-Shirt

Category : Uncategorized

As Indiana celebrates 200 years with it’s Bicentennial the Owen County Farmers’ Market wanted to join the celebration.  For limited time we are selling a Bicentennial T-shirt featuring our Farm to Table Dinner.  Shirts are currently on sale at the farmers’ market Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Cost: $15 for size S-XL, $18 for XXL+

Sales end September 3, so order yours today!


Special thanks to Andrea White at Andrea-Leigh for the design and Josh Lanham at A.E.A. Designs for the shirt printing.

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Our 2016 Bronze Sponsors

Category : Uncategorized

Owen County Farmers’ Market is fortunate to live in a community that values well-being and actively works together.  We are incredibly grateful for all that they help to make possible to provide a farmers market to our community each season!

Thank you to our 2016 Bronze Sponsors

Greene’s Recycle, LLC

Owen County Community Foundation

Insurance Services, Inc

Clayshire Castle

Freedom Business Solutions, LLC

Spencer Exchange Club


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Our 2016 Silver Corporate Sponsors

Category : Uncategorized

Owen County Farmers’ Market is fortunate to live in a community that values well-being and actively works together.  We are incredibly grateful for all that they help to make possible to provide a farmers market to our community each season!

Our 2016 Silver Corporate Sponsors:

Owen County State Bank


Our Community Bank


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Our 2016 Platinum Corporate Sponsors

Category : Uncategorized

Owen County Farmers’ Market is fortunate to live in a community that values well-being and actively works together.  We are incredibly grateful for all that they help to make possible to provide a farmers market to our community each season!

A very big thanks to our Platinum Corporate Sponsors!

Babbs Supermarket


SMV Realty, LLC

SMV Realty

Owen County Farm Bureau

Owen straight



Cook Medical









Smithville Fiber


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Senior Farmer’s Market Nutritional Program

Category : Uncategorized

WICWe do have vendors approved to accept WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers.  Look for vendors with a sign displayed about WIC for those accepting the voucher.  Registration for Vouchers will be June 25 at the market from 9:00 to 11:00 am or at the Whistle Stop starting June 13.

To be eligible to receive SFMNP checks, you must

  • be at least sixty (60) years of age at date of check issue or
  • a person with disabilities, under age sixty (60), currently living in a housing facility occupied primarily by older persons where congregate nutrition services are provided at date of check issue


  • meet the household gross income guidelines, which are based on 185% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
  • live in the county where the checks are being issued
  • bring a driver’s license or State ID card when submitting application


Participants who qualify will receive 4 – $5 FMNP checks that they may use only at Farmers’ Markets and farm stands that are authorized by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). Authorized markets and stands display an authorized vendor sign provided by the ISDH FMNP.


Approved Food List for vouchers includes

FRESH Vegetables

boy choy
brussels sprouts
edible soy beans
greens (any variety)
herbs (edible)
lettuce (any variety)
lima beans
pumpkins (edible)
squash blossoms
sweet potatoes/yams

FRESH Fruits


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The Local Farmers Market is a Great Resource for Healthy Eating

Growing up you may have been told to eat your greens, but what about your reds, oranges, blues and whites? By putting something of every color on your plate or in your lunch bag, you are more likely to eat 5 servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Just think: 1 cup of dark, leafy GREENS with WHITE cauliflower, 1/2 cup of RED tomotoes, 1/4 cup of ORANGE carrots,  1/2 of YELLOW apricots, and 1/2 cup of BLUEberries.  There you have 5 A Day! The more reds, oranges, greens, whites and blues you see on your plate, the more health promoting properties you are also getting from your vegetable and fruit choices. Nutrition research shows that colorful vegetables and fruits contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that your body needs to promote health and help you feel great. Here are the specifics….

Red Hot & Healthy: add REDS and DARK PINKS and you are adding powerful antioxidants called lycopene and anthocyanins. Diets rich in these nutrients are being studied for their ability to fight heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as skin, breast and prostate cancers.

Examples of Red Hot & Healthy Reds:
Red Apples, Cherries, Cranberries, Red Grapes, Pink/Red Grapefruit, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Beets, Red Peppers, Radishes, Red Onions, Red Potatoes, Rhubarb, and Tomatoes

Powerful Antioxidants: add ORANGE and YELLOWS and you add varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as beta -carotenoids (vitamin A), vitamin C & E, folate (vitamin B) and bioflavonoids, two classes of phytochemicals that scientists are studying for their health-promoting potential to help maintain good vision & strong bones, teeth, & skin; reducing the risk for cancer & heart attacks and boosting immunity

Examples of Powerful Antixidant Yellows & Orange :
Yellow Apples, Apricots, Cantaloupe, Cape Gooseberries, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Persimmons, Pineapples, Yellow watermelon, Yellow beets, Butternut squash, Carrots, Yellow peppers, Yellow potatoes, Pumpkin, Yellow summer/winter squash, Sweet corn, Sweet potatoes, Yellow tomatoes

Whites for Wellness:  WHITE, TAN, and Brown fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals of interest to scientists. These include allicin, found in the onion family. Research is being conducted on allicin to learn how it may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the body’s ability to fight infections and cancer. Indoles and sulfaforaphanes and phytonutrients in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower may also inhibit cancer growth.

Examples of Whites for Wellness include:
Bananas, Brown pear, Dates, White peaches, Cauliflower, Garlic, Ginger, Jicama, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes (white flesh), Shallots, Turnips, and White corn

Beat the Effects of Aging: by adding BLUES and PURPLES not only do you add beautiful shades of tranquility and richness to your plate, they add healthenhancing flavonoids, phytochemicals and antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, vitamin C, folic acid and polyphenols. These nutrients help your body defend against cancer, reduce the risk of age-related memory loss, help control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes complications and heart attacks.

Examples of Beat the Effects of Aging Blues & Purples include:
Blackberries, Blueberries, Black currants, Dried plums, Elderberries, Purple figs, Purple grapes, Plums, Raisins, Purple asparagus, Purple cabbage, Purple carrots, Eggplant, Purple peppers, Black salsify

Go Green…Go Healthy: adding GREEN fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of potent phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles, which interest researchers because of their potential antioxidant, health-promoting benefits. These nutrients protect your eyes, and may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors.

Examples of Go Green… Go Healthy Greens include:
Avocados, Green apples, Green grapes, Honeydew, Kiwifruit, Limes, Green pears, Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus ,Broccoflower, Broccoli, Broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, Green beans, Green cabbage, Celery, Chayote squash, Cucumbers, Endive, Leafy greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Green onion, Okra, Peas, Green pepper, Sno Peas, Sugar snap peas, Spinach, Watercress, Zucchini

When you’re shopping, planning your meals or dining out, think color.  Your local Farmers’ Market is a great resource for finding colorful fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables that promote healthy living.

** this information is compiled from and

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E-New Registration

Register for semi-monthly market happenings E-News letter.

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Projects: Native Beauty Creating a Wildflower Planting

Category : Fun with Nature

(Printable Native Beauty Creating a Wildflower Planting)

You’ve got to hand it to those hardy survivors that manage to thrive in sidewalk cracks, along roadsides, and in wind-blown meadows. They’ve managed to adapt to conditions that our garden plants wouldn’t even consider! And there’s so much they can teach us.

Consider enticing your school gardeners to establish a wildflower planting, which could range from a small patch outside school to an entire meadow or prairie restoration project. They might just create a vibrant, visual oasis, and a laboratory for learning, to boot.

Keen observers can witness firsthand the adaptations — for seed germination, pollination, and so on — that enable wild plants to survive in their environments. They can discover the insects, birds, and a host of other wildlife that depend on these natural communities for food and cover. And they can examine the complex web of relationships that sustain life. Questions that inspire investigations, research, and reflection will naturally emerge: How does life in our school garden compare with life in the wild? Which types of pollinators are drawn to which flowers? What allures them? How do wild plants protect the soil? Why is one person’s wildflower another person’s weed? Read on for how-to advice, curriculum ideas, and resource links.


  • rakes
  • wildflower seeds and/or plants (appropriate to your region and location)
  • sand
  • sprinkler
  • optional: rototiller, garden fork, black plastic, seed spreader, wildflower books (see resources)

Creating a Wildflower Planting

1. Assess your site. Have your student gardeners take an inventory of their proposed wildflower area. What plants are already there? Are there any native plants or wildflowers we’d like to leave? The class might also visit nearby lots, roadsides, and meadows and try to identify wild plants that occur locally. Observe the amount of sunlight that drenches your site at different times of day. An open area with a minimum of six hours of sun daily is ideal for most flowering wild plants. What is the character of the soil? (Well-drained? Dark and rich? Compact?) A well-drained soil is ideal. Since many wild plants are adapted to poor soils, you shouldn’t need to enrich yours unless it’s very dense (in which case you can add organic matter). Consider contacting a local Cooperative Extension office, soil conservation service, nursery, or garden center for help assessing your site.

2. Select seeds/plants. A wildflower planting usually features annuals (plants that flower and complete their life cycles in one year, often reseeding themselves), biennials (plants that bloom during the second and final year of their life cycle), and perennials (plants that bloom for several years). Although the latter types take longer to establish, they are also longer lasting. Natural wildflower meadows (and many mixes) typically include some native grasses, which support and protect tall flowers, fill in spaces that weeds might otherwise fill, and prevent erosion.

You can purchase a ready-made wildflower mix (a meadow in a can!) designed for general regions, but these mixes may contain seed of plants not well suited to your area. To enrich students’ learning, consider having them create their own seed and/or plant mix by first discovering which plants would grow best in your area. They might contact one of the organizations mentioned above, or visit the websites listed on the Resources page. Many seed companies will also advise you on selecting appropriate plants.

If you decide to plant a variety of single species that are native or at least suited to your region, have students identify and consider heights, colors, and bloom periods, and whether each plant is a perennial, self-seeding annual, or biennial. This should help them plan a plot that blooms through the season. They can also use it to create a map, to scale, of their vision.

If you have the ability to grow plants indoors under lights, think about raising some wildflower seedlings to transplant into the garden. (See list, below, for tips on some easy-to-grow plants.) To get your wildflower garden off to a quick start, and avoid having to grapple with too many weeds, you can also purchase native wildflower plants that have been grown locally. (After a couple of years, the plants will spread and disperse seeds.)

3. Prepare the site. Here are some cardinal rules for preparing a site for wildflowers:

  • Get rid of as many weeds as possible
  • Create a bed that allows the seeds to have good contact with the soil
  • Keep the soil moist while seeds are germinating and seedlings are young.

There are a number of ways to attack existing or slumbering weeds. You can start by using garden forks to lift out as many underground rhizomes and other weed parts as possible. By rototilling the soil lightly, you can create a nice bed without bringing too many weeds to the surface. If you then water the soil a week or two before you plant, you’ll be able to remove the weeds that do sprout. To prepare for planting, lightly rake and firm the soil. If you have a chance to prepare the site well in advance of sowing seeds, consider the following approaches. If you are planting where vegetation (e.g., grass and weeds) already exist, cover the area with cardboard and a thick leaf or straw layer, keeping it on until you’re about ready to plant. If you have sunny summers, consider mowing, tilling, and watering the soil, and then covering it with sheets of 2- or 4-mil clear or black plastic and sealing the edges. The intense heat can kill weeds and seeds in 2 to 6 weeks.

4. Plant. If your wildflower mix has abundant annual flowers, or if it makes sense given your school calendar, sow your wildflower seeds in the spring. This would also be the time to transplant any wildflowers you’ve started in the classroom or purchased. If your wildflower mix has a lot of native grasses and perennial flowers, consider planting in the late summer or early fall. Seeds of perennials, which often need a chilling period, will sprout when spring warmth and rains come. Fall planting also eliminates many of the sprouting weeds that can plague spring plantings.

Students can broadcast seeds by hand, although a spreader is handy for seeding large areas. To ensure that young hands spread the seeds relatively evenly, mix one part wildflower seeds with four parts of dry sand or vermiculite. Water seeds thoroughly if rain is not iminent. After seeding, rake the top inch of soil lightly so seeds are not buried too deeply.

5. Maintain your wild oasis. In the early stages, it’s particularly important to keep the soil moist and weed out undesirable intruders, which will rob your plants of nutrients and water. Unfortunately, it can be tough to tell unwanted from chosen plants. (Some school growers put in actual plants, rather than sowing seeds, for this reason.) Your keen observers, in time, should become familiar with the young wildflowers they’ve sown. The Resources page features websites and books that can help students identify plants.

If you have enough annuals, your patch or meadow should be vibrant the first year. Encourage your students not to be discouraged, however, if growth is slow. Many perennial wildflowers spend the first season growing roots and have very little top growth, and then bloom in the second year or beyond. You can always add extra annual and perennial plants to fill in gaps. Since your wildflower patch will evolve over time, students may want to document the process with illustrations or by taking photos or videos at regular intervals.

In the fall, ideally after a first frost, mow or otherwise cut back plant tops and leave their debris on the ground. The seeds they release may germinate come spring warmth and rains.

Wildflowers to Try Growing Indoors

Here are a few wildflowers that are relatively easy to start from seed indoors and transplant outdoors in the spring. Most should germinate in 2 or 3 weeks in a warm classroom. Although native to particular areas of the country, these plants can be grown successfully in most regions. (p=perennial; a=annual)

Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) – perennial
Sow seeds on surface. (They need light.)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) – perennial
Sow seeds 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep. Chill them in a refrigerator in moist peat moss for 3 to 4 weeks.

Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) – annual
Sow seeds 1/8″ to 1/4″ deep.

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) – perennial
Sow seeds on surface. (They need light.) Chill in a refrigerator in moist peat moss for 3 to 4 weeks.

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – perennial
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep. Put dry seeds in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 weeks before sowing.

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2017 Market Vendor Fees

Category : Vendor Information

Full Season Spaces are $150 for the full 24 weeks season
Seasonal Spaces are $120 for 12 weeks of the season
Daily Spaces are $15 for each week you choose to participate

2017 Vendor Application

All Artisan Vendors are subject to the craft jury process and only those items approved by the jury may be sold at the market.  Vendor booth rental spaces may be limited for Artisans depending on the response of applications.


Open Rain or Shine!

Market Dates for 2016
Saturdays May - Oct

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

Each tax-deductible gift, no matter how large or small, is a valuable component of the market’s success. Donations create the foundation that allows the market to sponsor events and community programs, create marketing, provide an educational market booth, and provide resources for farmers, community members. You can make a donation by talking to us at the market, mail a check to the market office at Owen County Farmers Market, PO Box 650, Spencer, IN 47460, or with an online donation.
Friends of the Market Donation
Corporate Sponsor