Fort Wayne Farmer’s Markets- 2014

If you’re like me, about this time of year you start to crave fresh garden vegetables. As we begin the process of digging out from this long, cold winter, it’s natural to start looking forward to the bounty that our local growers will be sharing with us all season long. Listed below are some of the farmer’s markets that will be up and running for the summer before we know it!

Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market

The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market is the result of a  local grassroots movement. The market offers goods from a variety of producer-only vendors.  These include fresh produce, foods and crafts that are grown and/or made in our region.

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The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market was born of a local grassroots movement.

Most everyone local knows that this market is actually open in the winter as well. The Indoor Winter Market is open on the first and third Saturday of each month (mid-November to mid-May) from 9a.m. to 1p.m. at Parkview Field in the Lincoln Financial Event Center, off the ballpark’s right field concourse. 

Remaining dates for the Winter Market are:

  • April – 19th
  • May – 3rd & 17th

The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market summer season kicks off in June, with varying locations:

 

South Side Farmer’s Market

The South Side Farmer’s Market has been a Fort Wayne tradition since 1926. In fact, the market was declared a historic site back in 1986. Produce is delivered fresh every Saturday by local farmers and master gardeners.

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A Fort Wayne tradition since 1926.

Click here to see a detailed chart of what fruits and vegetables are in season in Indiana and when.

The market is operated by the Allen County Ag. Producers, Inc., a non-profit corporation. The market’s stated goal is to provide high-quality, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to the people of Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. The market’s “H” shaped building holds 100 stands operated by local families, farmers, growers and master gardeners. “It is a place that allows you to form a personal relationship with the people who produce your food. They are happy to share selection methods, storage tips and favorite recipes for the items they sell.”

Days: Every Saturday from Easter through mid-December

Hours: 7a.m. to 1p.m.

Location:  3030 Warsaw Street, Fort Wayne

 

Salomon Farmer’s Market

Salomon Farmers’ Market is located at Salomon Farm in the Old Barn. The market has been run by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department since 1995, when the farm was given to the Department by the Salomon family. The 170-acre park remains a working farm, which was the Salomon family’s wish.

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The market is located in the Old Barn.

The market offers locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and plants sold by the farmers who produced them. There is also maple syrup, honey, breads, natural soaps and lotions. Some of the vendors at Salomon are Certified Organic. You can also find heirloom variety fruits and vegetables that you cannot get anywhere else.

A note from Salomon: “Our goal is to connect you with your food and the people responsible for growing it.  Shopping for your food doesn’t have to be a hectic headache at the grocery store with crowded aisles, slow check-out lanes and tasteless produce.  It can be a relaxing family outing where you learn something new about the food you’re eating.”

Days: Wednesdays, June 11th through September 24th

Hours: 4p.m. to 7p.m.

Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne

Historic West Main Street Farmer’s Market

The Historic West Main Street Farmer’s Market is billed as “Fort Wayne’s Largest Farm Market.”  The market features more than 50 growers and includes Certified Organic produce, locally-grown produce, beef, poultry, eggs, breads, flowers and other Indiana-produced farms products.

This market also showcases local art and antiques and has music and hot food vendors weekly.

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The outdoor market opens in May.

Days: Every Friday, May through October

Hours: 3p.m. to 8p.m.

Location: 1936 West Main Street, Fort Wayne

Additional Info: The market now accepts EBT/SNAP, FMNP and WIC vouchers.

 

YLNI Barr Street Farmer’s Market

Located right downtown, the Barr Street Farmer’s Market, operated by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI), offers fresh, locally-grown produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts.  The market is a producer-only market, meaning that all food and crafts are grown and made by the vendors themselves. All of the participating vendors are local from Allen county or surrounding counties.

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The Barr Street Farmer’s Market is run by the YLNI.

Some fun facts, from the market’s website:

  • Was voted in 2010 Fort Wayne’s Best Farmer’s Market (by the readers of the Fort Wayne Magazine)
  • Averages about 500 – 700 visitors per week
  • Hosts different local musicians each week
  • Barr Street Market is located in the oldest public space in Fort Wayne
  • The original Barr Street Market operated continuously from the 1840s-1950s
  • In its heyday, the Market stretched for 2 city blocks and had several permanent buildings

Days: Saturdays, May 17th through September 27th

Hours: 9a.m. to 1p.m.

Location: 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne (Directly behind the Fort Wayne History Center at the corner of Barr and Wayne Streets)

Additional Info: Free parking is available in the History Center lot along Berry Street. Admission to the History Center is free during market hours.

 

Those of us lucky enough to call Fort Wayne home are also fortunate enough to have many different farmer’s markets from which to choose. I’ve highlighted five of the big ones around the area. Do you have a favorite that’s not on the list?

Wendy Sack

About

Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Everyone Can Find Something to Enjoy at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has always been one of the city’s main attractions, and with a diverse array of fun for everyone, it’s no wonder!

I visited on a Thursday evening, which happened to be a special time for the Museum.  Once a month, the Museum hosts an event called 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery – a time for local and regional artisans to demonstrate their artistic skills and sell some of their wares.  There were some beautifully knitted slippers, crocheted floral pins and buttoned cowls for sale.

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Fashionable cowls for sale

 

This particular Thursday night was the Fiber Showcase.  I learned how wool can be spun and dyed and observed another artist demonstrating her nuno felting process.

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Paradigm artist Ronia Krieg demonstrates how to weave her wool…

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…after it’s been spun on the spinning wheel.

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Paradigm artist Amy Gunderson explains her fascinating nuno felting process.

If you’re looking for something artistic with a touch of whimsy or class, I highly recommend checking out the Paradigm Gallery gift shop for some unique gifts.  I loved the origami paper crane and kimono earrings, and I have some wedding gift ideas for friends since my visit.

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This beautiful pillow – a patchwork of recycled ties – is for sale in the Paradigm Gallery gift shop.

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Some funky, tie dyed wraps are for sale in the Paradigm Gallery, in honor of the Fiber Showcase.   

There are even child-friendly art games and souvenirs, like the Buddha Board.  You can take a quick look at the gift shop here.

Next to the Paradigm Gallery is the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition, featuring artwork from students in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.  It honestly had me in awe; it always astounds me how talented teenagers are!

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The 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition of student artwork

For a list of current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.

Fort Wayne’s Museum of Art is a great asset to the community in many ways, so come pay the Museum a visit and see why!

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is located at 311 E. Main St., online here or on Facebook here, and you can call them at 260-422-6467. For more information on the museum, and upcoming exhibits, check out Visit Fort Wayne.

General Admission:
Free to members 

$7 – adults 
$5 – students (K-college) 
$5 – seniors 65+
$20 – families
Free general admission every Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Gallery hours:

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

Tour Fort Wayne with Pedal City

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New to Fort Wayne? So is Pedal City! Whether you’re planning a trip to Fort Wayne or are a native of the area, Pedal City can help you to see the city from a new perspective. Each pedal cart (similar to the one pictured below) seats 8-15 individuals and is operated by you, the rider! Don’t worry about having to steer, though- your reservation will come with a designated driver that will navigate you through Downtown Fort Wayne on a predetermined route. For visitors, Pedal City has route options available. For locals, Pedal City is open to designing a new route that allows you to include some old favorites.

For riders of age, wine and beer are permitted on board (BYOB). However, younger riders are permitted and encouraged to ride. Tours are typically 2 hours in length, but they can and will book longer tours if requested. Hours of operation are 10 AM – 12 AM Sunday thru Thursday and 10 AM – 1 AM Friday thru Sunday.

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Some call it “a bar on a bike;” others see it as a way to have a group outing with their organization. Either way, this unique way to adventure through Fort Wayne is sure to be a success. Spring and summer are just around the corner. If you’re interested in touring the town with a group of friends, family, or coworkers, visit their booking page for more pricing information or give them a call at (260) 415-6167.

Be sure to visit pedalcityfw.com and follow Pedal City on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information.

Heather Closson

About

Heather Closson is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Dance Performance, but is thrilled to make her return to Fort Wayne. She currently performs with dAnce.Kontemporary, teaches at a local dance studio, and choreographs for schools and theatres throughout the state. Outside of the "dance world," Heather is an experienced event coordinator, content writer, public speaker, and a social media/digital marketing enthusiast. Likes: coffee, traveling, politics, grilled cheese, nonprofit organizations, hiking, and cats- even though she doesn't have one.

Discover a new sport at the Fort Wayne Curling Club

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Curlers compete on a 150 x 15 ft sheet of ice.

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is finding the hidden or overlooked gems of Fort Wayne.  The Fort Wayne Curling Club is one of them.  The club, founded in 2010, recently purchased and renovated a facility in a strip center off Wells Street. Although rather unassuming(there is minimal signage), I assure you there is a lot going on inside.

The facility includes locker rooms, a social area (with a few taps) and a large ice rink, where most of the action happens.  Ruthie, a board member and curler herself, was nice enough to show me around. She told me the recent Winter Olympic Games piqued the public’s interest in the sport. The club decided to take advantage of the attention by hosting “learn to curl sessions.” As many as 400 people came out to give the sport a try.

As for the sport itself,  it’s fairly simple, but yet requires patience and skill.  Players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric rings. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game. Points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.

Win or lose, both teams unite for a brew or two. Ruthie shared an interesting tidbit with me: The winning team buys the defeated team a round of drinks. (That explains the taps.) The sport really is rooted in goodwill. I found this to be true when I observed a team of medical residents playing an intramural game. They really seemed to be having a good time out there.

According to Ruthie, this sport is for all ages and abilities. The sport is just about the mental aspect as the physical. There is a lot of strategy involved. Consistency is key.

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Sharing a post game brew is customary.

The monthly Learn to Curl sessions make a great introduction to the game.   The cost for each session is only $10 per person.  Ages 10-80 are welcome. The session consists of 30 minutes of off-ice instruction followed by 2 hours on the ice.  During the first hour, we will teach you the techniques of delivering the stone and sweeping.  In the second hour, you will play a game against other new curlers. No special equipment is needed.  The Fort Wayne Curling Club will provide everything that you need.  Just bring a clean pair of athletic shoes (please wear a separate pair of shoes into the building), dress in layers, and bring your sense of humor.

If playing isn’t your thing, you can catch plenty of action as a spectator. The club hosts several tournaments during the season, which runs from September to April. For a schedule of upcoming events, see the Fort Wayne Curling Club website. 

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Eclectic Dining Fun at The Dash-In

  One of downtown Fort Wayne’s most popular dining spots, The Dash-In, has recently become one of my favorite hotspots, too, for several reasons.

Contrary to its name, The Dash-In is very persuasive in getting customers to stay for awhile.  Its eclectic interior features both old-building fixtures and contemporary, local artwork on the walls.  This blend of old and new is my personal flair, but there are more reasons than just the décor that keep me returning to The Dash-In.

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Duck Melt and Tomato Bisque

The food, first of all, is amazingly savory!  The sandwiches I’ve had taste fresh and don’t leave a greasy feeling in my mouth, which tends to happen elsewhere.    One of my personal favorites, so far, is the Duck Melt, which I ordered with a bowl of Tomato Bisque.  Everything about the sandwich and soup was delicious and filling, and I will probably order it again.

The menu is fairly extensive for lunch, dinner and drinks.  The website here explains the drink and meal choices and provides more photos of the interior.

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The Dash-In is renowned for its savory food menu and bountiful drink flavors.

If you ever need a jolt to wake you up, I highly recommend the Espresso Malt. As per the restaurant’s funky personality, it’s served in a glass Bell jar – another fun touch.

I really appreciate the long tables and Wi-fi so that I can bring work with me as I eat.  The staff is very friendly, too, which is a major factor in the restaurant’s returning clientele.

No matter if you’re dining for the first time or stopping by on your regular routine, you’re always welcome at The Dash-In!

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The Espresso Malt is one of my favorite coffee drinks in the Fort!

The Dash-In is located at 814 S. Calhoun St., downtown.  You can also find it on Facebook here and on its website here, and you give them a call at 260-423-3595.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Closed Sunday

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.