Category Archives: News From the Market

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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 http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthy/5_Day/5_day_color_way.pdf and http://www.iandtproduce.com/healthy.htm


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Host a Workshop or Special Activities

We are looking for 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 Andrea at 812.360.1166  to schedule a workshop.

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(2014) Above members of Owen County Farm Bureau and Owen County Soil & Water Conservations demonstrate the effects of top cover on soil.


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Farm to Table Dinner

The Farm to Table Dinner is annual fundraiser for the Owen County Farmers’ Market and a great opportunity to see the community come together.

Why we started the Farm to Table Dinner

In 2014, the Owen County Farmers’ Market had the pleasure of hosting their first annual Farm to Table Dinner. At the heart of the dinner were the ideas to bring the community together and to educate people about the link between farmers, farm communities, and the food we eat.

“It was an honor to bring this event to our community,” said market board president Andrea Curry. “A community is a living entity that needs fellowship, encouragement, and support to thrive. Gathering farmers, friends, family, and neighbors around a dinner table to enjoy the food grown by local farmers is both inspirational and educational.” Farm to Table committee chairman, Amy Arnold, selected the venue of Main Street because downtown has many beautiful older building that added to the evenings scenery. The Owen County Farmers’ Market also desired to draw attention to the downtown revitalization efforts that are in progress within our community.

Suppliers

The event itself could not have been a success without the following support. Food for the dinner was grown local, harvest, and provided by the following individuals, farms, and businesses, many of whom also happen to be vendors at your local farmers’ market.

Volunteers and Supporters

Individuals, clubs, organizations, and businesses also displayed their support with their provision of everything from tables and chairs to dining plates, table cloths, drink dispensers, and their time as volunteers for the event.

All the donors, volunteers and supports truly do speak the wonderful community we have in Owen County. The heart of a community is the people who give to it and the Owen County Farmers’ Market is delighted to be a part of this community.

Menu

The Farm to Table Dinner menu is a four course meal with Hors D’oeuvre, Soup or Salad, Entrée (choice of meat or meatless), and Dessert.  The dinner is prepared by volunteers and supplied by local growers.

Drinks choices: Water, Tea, Coffee, or single glass of Wine produced locally.

Entertainment

Another treat to the dinner is entertainment provided by local musical artists.  The local artists that have played for the dinner have truly loved the sharing their talent with the community.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Owen County Farm Bureau, Inc. for their generous donation to help with expenses of the startup event.  Thanks to the donation the event has become a self-sustaining activity.

Pictured below is Kaye Erney (Secretary and Treasurer of Owen County Farm Bureau, Inc), Tom Erney (President of Owen County Farm Bureau, Inc), Andrea Curry (President of Owen County Farmers’ Market) and Amy Arnold (Market Master and Board Member of Owen County Farmers’ Market).

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Open Rain or Shine!

Market Dates for 2016
Saturdays May - Oct

Hours
8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location
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
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