Summer is in full swing as we finish out the month of July. The Market is bursting with tomatoes, corn, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and so much more. Pick up a bouquet of sunflowers, your favorite artisan foods, some delicious breakfast and beverage, and mosey on down to the dining pavilion where you can enjoy your tasty treats while listening to our musical performer of the day. Bring your pups too — we welcome well-behaved doggos on a short lead and you can reward them with some special doggie treats. A visit to the BRFM is a perfect way to spend a summer Saturday morning.
Oh, by the way, next week is National Farmers Market Week. We’ll be celebrating — plan to come join us.
Vendor News and Notes
We are sorry to report that this is 317 Dogs last Saturday at the Market. Come stock up on their all natural dog treats, food, and products.
Off-schedule market appearances by Apricot Sun, ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership), Batch No. 2, Better Edges, Hidden Pond Farm, Positive Foodie Vibes, Red Frazier Bison, Russell Sheep Company, Soupremacy Small Batch Soups, and Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood will round out this fifth week of July.
Check our Summer Vendor List for the regular schedule of all our vendors at the Market.
Maplewood Farms is out while Kevin recovers from a broken leg. Currently he is expected back August 7. Caprini Farmstead Creamery is out this week while Mike moves their daughter to college. And Farm to Product is out this Saturday because Anna is taking an exam.
MUSIC AT THE MARKET: Nick Ivanovich
We are excited to have Nick back this week to play his traditional Ukrainian folk-influenced songs full of alluring minor modes and sweet melodies. FYI – all of our musicians volunteer for playing at the Market, so tips are much appreciated!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Fabulous Fungi
Foraging is fun, but a stroll around the Market is a pretty nice way to acquire fabulous fungi too – whether it’s exotic chanterelles, briefly seasonal morels, or the more readily available, but equally delicious shiitakes, oysters, chestnuts, etc. Recipes here.
NON-PROFITS AT THE MARKET
Do You Know ARPO?
Every other week, we are pleased to have ARPO at the Market with adoptable cats, and dogs looking for their forever homes.
The Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, Inc. was established in 1998 by a group of Indianapolis citizens concerned about the continuing high rate of animal euthanasia in our city. ARPO promotes responsible pet ownership and seeks to decrease the number of companion animals surrendered to shelters. ARPO is funded solely by donations and staffed entirely by volunteers. They do not have a shelter, so all of their adoptable animals are placed in temporary foster homes until permanent homes are found.
If you’d like more information on adopting or becoming a foster pet parent, click here, or visit their booth at the Market this Saturday. Next Tuesday, you can find ARPO at the Optipark Family Fun Night from 5-8 pm.
Boulevard Place Grand Re-Opening
Weekly, volunteers from Boulevard Place come to the Market at noon to glean donations of unpurchased food from our vendors to be distribution at the St. Vincent de Paul sponsored food pantry.
After an extensive remodeling, Boulevard Place Food Pantry will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. All members of the community are invited. The food pantry has been in its current location at 4202 Boulevard Place since 2012 and is considered one of Indianapolis’ larger client-choice food pantries and a critical component in addressing food insecurity.
Prior to the pandemic, pantry conditions were cramped with long wait times—and volunteers regularly sorted pallets and totes in the parking lot. Now, the 2,300 sq.ft. facility has expanded its footprint by approximately 1,500 feet in hopes of accommodating as many as 300 shoppers weekly. The addition includes a new food storage area with larger walk-in freezer and refrigeration units and expanded waiting space with digital signage. Energy-saving features added, include solar panels, argon-gas windows and an insulated garage door. Updates to electrical and sewer systems were done as well. For more details, check out the event here.