Both Saturday and Tuesday Markets are now in full swing! We have had a couple cancellations due to rain, but all in all we have had some pretty good Markets! We are still short a few of our regular vendors due to the crazy weather this spring, making it hard to get their farms planted. We and their customers have sure been missing them! You will have to check out our brand NEW VENDOR, Sweeet Fudge Friday! Owner Connie Black hand makes her home made fudge and her daughter Michelle is selling the fudge at Market for her. TL High School Graduates and Students can attest to her delicious fudge, because she's been donating fudge every Friday to them for the last 10 years. POP Club has registered 44 kids so far this year. You do not want to miss this amazing summer program kids. If you haven't been yet, you have missed some great events. Last Tuesday during POP Club the Library kicked off their Summer Concert Series with the TIME TRAVELERS. Andrew Westfall with Purdue Extension demonstrated a Drone, Monticello Police Department came and let the kids check out a Police Car, Nothing But Knit (Hats for All Stars), have been teaching kids to knit, Amanda Shelton with Purdue has been doing exercises on the lawn, Two Bite Club and much...much...more to come such as the Monticello Fire Dept. NW Sewer Dist. Bike Safety with the Health Coalition, Susan Jordan with the Health Dept. too much to list. So please check out POP Club this summer! WIC Voucher Customers, the vouchers will be distributed July 16, 23 & 30 during the Market 5pm -7pm. Have a great week and see ya at the Market. Remember.... eat fresh, eat local!
Our first 2019 Monticello Saturday Farmers Market began yesterday at Rugie's Dugout on 6th Street. We had several vendors who ventured out to sell their wares on a beautiful, sunny, yet windy morning. Crosby Farms was well stocked in farm fresh eggs and beautiful hanging baskets. Harvest of the Fields was out with Jams, Jellies, Preservers, delicious Baked Goods and fresh local Asparagus, Green Onions and Rhubarb. Clawson's Sugar Bush offered their scrumptious locally harvested and made Maple Syrup and Maple Candy. D's Deals offered up fresh local Asparagus, Rhubarb and Honey. Musall's was out with healthy locally grown Herb Plants, fresh local Asparagus, Rhubarb, Green Onions, Kale and Spinach straight from their brand new farm partnership, S.L.O.T. Farms, (expect some great things from this farm in the future folks). Last, but not least a brand new vendor, Dragonfly Farms. Established in 208 and owned and operated by Leah George, Dragonfly farms offered local fresh Cut Flowers, locally grown Annual Flowers/Hanging Baskets, dried and fresh Herbs, Heirloom Vegetable Plants and beautiful hand poured Resin Collectables and Jewelry made with her own pressed flowers.. Watch for more vendors as the season progresses, Mulberry Shade Flower Farm (fresh flowers, herbs, oils, spices and crafts), The Farmer's Table (baked goods, pies, rolls, breads, ect…), Small Batch Honey Farm (fresh local honey). Blackwater Farms (locally grown fresh produce). The Mayor's Advisory Board (flowers, herbs and vegetable plants). The Monticello Farmers Market is always looking for more vendors and all Non For Profit Entities are always given FREE booth space. Our Tuesday Market and Power of Produce program begins May 28th, .5 p.m. - 7 p.m. downtown Monticello in the Constitution Plaza. Keep tuned in for important Market WIC disbursement dates. As always, eat fresh, eat local!
Calling all potential Monticello Farmers Market Vendors...
Join us Monday May 6, 6:30pm in Reynolds at the Purdue Extension Office.
This meeting is a great way to network with other vendors. There will also be representatives from the POP Club and White County Extension, with info about WIC, Senior WIC, SNAP and the Health Department. We will go over safe market and food safety practices as well. We will have Vendor Applications at this meeting if you need one. Please feel free to email me Tracy Davidson the Market Master at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my cell phone at 574-870-0720 if you have any questions.
We have some great NEW vendors this year and if you haven't been to Market, then you need to get here. The Farmer's Table ventures from rural Royal Center, IN and serves up a huge array of delectable home baked goods and home canned jellies, apple sauce and soups. Mulberry Shade Flower Farm comes from Rensselaer, IN and their beautiful non certified organic flowers, bouquets, vegetables, fresh herbs, dried spices and herb oils are out of this world! If Honey is your love, then you must check out the 8 oz or 16 oz jars of Honey harvested by Small Batch Honey Farm, from right here in Monticello, IN. Tuesday Market has ended for the Season, but gets to boast about it's National Farmers Week and POP Club Finale. Our grand total was 281 kids and adults attending and interacting with the Two Bite Club (watermelon by Musall's Fresh Produce), Educational (Foods from outer space by Twin Lakes Science Teacher Jill Gilford), Food Demo (outdoor oven baked pizza by Rob Musall and blueberry bread by White Oak Chef, David), Activity (growing Chives by Harvest of the Field), Special Entertainment (DJ Bob Musall with Music by Musall's)! We will be having a Special Tuesday Market on October 9th, 4 pm - 7 pm to coincide with S.O.M.A.'s We Love Our Downtown Celebration. Don't forget to come see us at the Saturday Monticello Farmers Market on 6th Street at the amazing Rugie's Dugout from 9 am - 1 pm.
The 2018 season has begun. We now have had two 2018 Saturday Markets and 1 Tuesday Market under our belts. You have got to check out our new vendors folks. Monon Meat Packing: Beef, Pork, Chicken, Veal and Frozen Pies, Small Batch Honey Farm: locally harvested honey and The Farmer's Table: baked goods, canned soup and local produce. You can still find your past favorites as well, Clawson's Sugar Bush: locally harvested Maple Syrup, Black Water Farms: flowers and locally grown produce, H&N Farms: farm fresh eggs, flowers and locally grown produce, D's Deals: locally grown produce, Harvest of the Fields: locally grown produce, baked goods, jams, preserves and create your own Fairy Gardens and Musall's Fresh Produce: Fair Oaks cheese, jams, jellies, preserves, vegetable plants, herbs and locally grown produce. If you missed Tuesday's POP Club Opening, you missed this: a live flash mob by the Twin Lakes Show Choir, live food demo by Marcia Kyburz (Fresh Broccoli Salad and Kale/Strawberry/Banana/Pineapple/Watermelon Smoothies), D's Deals held the 2 Bite Club with Rhubarb samples and Musall's Fresh Produce handed out FREE tomato plants to every POP Club Kid. Several kids took the Altheir Challenge and came back with their scavenger hunt feathers. We had over 40 kids sign up for POP Club and there is always room for more. Stay tuned for all of the upcoming POP Club Events. We have an awesome season planned! Remember eat fresh, eat local.
Are you a previous Monticello Market Vendor or are you a new vendor seeking out Market information? If you answered yes to either, then mark your calendar for the 2018 Pre-Market Vendor Meeting on Monday May 7th, 6:30 pm, at the White County Extension Office in Reynolds, IN. You won't want to miss this meeting. You will meet the Market Master, the White County Farmers Market Board of Directors, the POP Club Directors, other vendors, WIC office employees and Health Dept employees. We will be talking about SNAP Redemption, WIC vouchers and Rredemption, and Tuesday night POP Club and how it can benefit you the vendor. Plus, this is the evening you can ask all the questions you need, about becoming a Vendor. We can't wait to start the 2018 Farmers Market Season, who knows you may be the next new face at the market. Until then, eat fresh...eat local...
Spring is coming and with it Market will be starting back up again! Many of the vendors have already started their seedlings and are anxiously awaiting them to grow and the air and ground temperatures to warm up for planting. Market will begin Saturday May 19th with Tuesday Evening Market and POP Club beginning May 29th. If you are a vendor or a new vendor keep on the lookout for our Pre Market Vendor Meeting. This meeting will be held around the beginning of May. Do you have questions? Please feel free to contact myself Tracy Musall - Davidson (Market Master) at 574-583-8080, or the White County Extension Office 219-984-5115. Remember eat fresh, eat local.
If you missed Tuesday's POP Club End of Season Bash and The National Farmers Week Celebration then you missed out. With 236 visitors at Tuesday's Market, our vendors were ecstatic! Our guest Chef stirred up Gazpacho, Zucchini Spaghetti and Watermelon Juice. White Memorial Hospital passed out bicycle helmets, Music by Musall's played some awesome tunes. We gave out extra POP Club Bucks and $3.00 Market Vouchers. School may be back in season and Tuesday Market may be closed, but Saturday Market is still running strong! We had 213 visitors at the past Saturday Market. Also, POP Club Kids remember you can still receive your POP Club Bucks at either Musall's Lawn & Garden M-F 9am - 5pm or at the Saturday's Market until October 28th.
With July on it's way out and in starts August tomorrow, our Tuesday Market will cease after August 8th, due to our POP Club Kiddos heading back to school. Please don't fret, because you will still be able to get all of your favorite Market finds on Saturday's from 9 am - 1 pm at our 6th Street location, in the parking lot of BJ Wingers's, all the way up until Saturday October 28th.
The Monticello Farmers Market will be joining markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 6-12. The Monticello Farmers Market will be having a huge bash at their Tueseday, August 8th Market! Activities include their 2017 POP Club Finale, Games and Prizes. White Memorial Hospital will be there passing out FREE Bicycle Helmets. There will be a DJ from Music by Musall's, mixing up and playing some tunes. Marcia Kyburz will be our guest Chef for the Food Demo and Tasting Tent. There will be FREE Giveaways, including Farmers Market Voucher Dollars to spend at Market, plus many of our vendors will have specials as well!
As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products . This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.
The Monticello Farmers Market officially began in 2016, but many of it's vendors have been peddling their produce and goods for over 10 years downtown. The Market currently hosts 8 farmers selling a wide variety of products, including in-season fresh local produce, herbs, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, preserves, ciders and breads. The Market also hosts several Non For Profits throughout the season and homemade craft vendors as well. The Monticello Farmers Market also accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior WIC vouchers. The Market also partners with Purdue Extention, Purdue's FOODLINK and is a member of the Hoosier Farmers Market Association and National Farmers Market Association.
Remember eat fresh by buying local.
Who doesn't like fresh Indiana Sweet Corn, Cantaloupe and Watermelon? Well it's all coming into season and you can find it at both our Tuesday and Saturday Markets. Another, summer favorite of mine, the good ole BLT sandwich. Local tomatoes are slow to ripen this year due to the unusual amounts of rainfall we have been receiving. Be patient with our vendors and remember they are trying their best to offer you FRESH, LOCAL PRODUCE. POP Club on Tuesdays have been booming with youngsters participating in all of the activities. If you weren't able to attend last night, you missed DJ Huddy spinnin' the tunes, a corn-hole challenge, The United Way promoting the Duck Race, 2 Bite Club with Musall's, Soil and Conservation teaching about the layers of soil, with yes, dirt pudding! The next few weeks of POP Club are filled with some amazing activities, including Park Crafts, 2 Bite Club, Recycling is for the Birds and Vermi Composting. Music by Musall's will be DJing next week and don't forget August 8th our huge end of the year POP Club Bash (boy do we have some awesome things planned for those kiddos). August 7th - 13th is also National Farmers Market Week, be on the lookout for awesome Market Deals, Free Vouchers, Giveaways and Challenges! Good luck to all of the 4H Fair Contestants! Continue having a safe and fun summer! Remember to eat healthy, buy fresh, buy local!