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It’s Farmers Market Time!

Do yourself a favor and find your local farmers market 

By Angie Fenton | Courtesy Photos

I grew up in a family where our mother instilled the value of tilling, planting and tending to a garden. My three sisters and I spent long hours pulling weeds and picking off tomato worms. We delighted at the first sign of anything sprouting and often ate some of our yield plucked right off the vine after a rinse from the hose.fm1

There was nothing like sitting down to dinner with a plate of freshly picked vegetables you knew were labored over lovingly.

Somewhere along the way, as I grew older, trips to the local supermarket became a necessity to save time, or so I thought. And I forgot how much better a handpicked peach or pepper tasted than those purchased from a store.

All of those simple pleasures were revived when I moved to Southern Indiana and discovered the New Albany Farmers Market, which is located on Market Street downtown.

Farmers from all over Southern Indiana set up booths filled with vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, flowers and more. You can buy usual fare or try something more exotic – like the wasabi flowers and lettuce I fell in love with last summer.

Prices are comparable to grocery store produce and products, but at a farmers market you get the opportunity to talk with the people whose livings are made from their fare in our community. And you’re encouraged to ask questions.

But even more than that, shopping at the farmers market has become a social event and a reminder of why taking the time to appreciate the simpler things in life is important.

A couple years ago, I walked through the market  pregnant with my child. Week after week, the familiar, smiling faces behind the tables greeted me as I carefully made selections of kale, melons, cucumbers, honey, peaches and arugula, knowing my choices were also my unborn child’s.

fm2When she was born, one of our first warm-weather outings was to the farmers market, where I picked the week’s produce and dairy products as vendors fawned over my daughter.

Now that she’s walking, Olive will once again accompany me and her father on Saturday mornings as we make selections and contemplate new dishes, asking the farmers for their favorite ways to prepare a particular item.

We’ll also enjoy live music, sometimes purchase handmade jewelry or stained glass signs, and sit on a bench or at a picnic table eating a breakfast of BBQ, omelets or even a lobster roll, washed down with a side of pickle juice. And, on occasion, we’ll pick one of our for pooches to accompany us on our dog-friendly outing (don’t forget poo bags and all dogs must be leashed).

While the New Albany Farmers Market is my current favorite, I plan to explore any other Southern Indiana farmers markets I can find and encourage you to do the same.

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IF YOU GO

New Albany Farmers Market New Albany Farmers Market
202 E. Market St.
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays

• Arrive early if you can. Farmers can only bring so much to the market. Once it’s gone, it’s gone…until next week. Or the next growing season.

• Pick up a coffee or iced tea from Quill’s and then walk across the street to start a leisurely stroll around the market.

• Do a once-over first. Unless you see what you want immediately, compare prices and options.
Then, go back and make your purchases.

• Try new things. And ask questions if you’re unsure how to eat or cook it.

• Be prepared to see people you know – and enjoy the face-to-face interaction (that’s half the fun!).

• Let your little ones help pick what you purchase. Ensuring they’re involved will be beneficial for everyone.

• Dress in layers. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

• Thank the farmers and vendors for taking the time and care to be there. We need them as much as they need us.

Jeffersonville Farmers Market

The Jeffersonville Farmers Market is now open Saturdays at Big Four Station in Historic Downtown Jeffersonville next to the Big Four Bridge, near the corner of Mulberry Street and Market Street. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. There is free on-street parking and additional free parking in the grass of Colston Park on Mulberry Street. On Tuesdays, the market is located at the 10th Street entrance to Jeffersonville High School from 3 to 6 p.m.

Do you know of a Southern Indiana farmers market we should visit? Send an email to extol@extolmag.com.

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Editor’s Note | June 2017

When Carol Graham Cline first came up with the idea of hosting a charity golf scramble the day after the Kentucky Derby, I was skeptical. Really skeptical. Who in the world is going to want to attend yet another event after Derby? I thought.

Thankfully, Carol and her crew plunged ahead with plans for Hair of the Dog, a May 7 golf scramble Valley View Golf Club, and raised a total of $5,000 for Southern Indiana Animal Rescue League and The Arrow Fund, which rescues abused and neglected animals in Kentucky and Indiana.

I am so glad I was wrong. And I can’t wait for next year’s event.

For The Love of Farmers Markets

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is get up early and head to the New Albany Farmers Market downtown. My husband and I – with our daughter in tow – grab a coffee at Quill’s and then take our time shopping for week’s produce and other goods, ensuring we stop and socialize, too. I’m trying so hard to steer us onto a healthier path, and taking advantage of our local farmers markets helps with this endeavor. You can read more about frequenting your local farmers market beginning on page 14 in this issue.

Oh, Ralph Lauren

Iconic designer Ralph Lauren and his preppy polo fashion might be partially responsible for our tendency to think of polo – the athletic competition – as a sport only for the so-called elite. It’s not. At least that’s the message the Louisville Polo Club hopes to get across to the local community. Read more about it in an article by Steve Kaufman (page 18), which is accompanied by several gorgeous photographs taken by Steve Squall.

Buck The Trend

It’s time to add diversity to athletics, says Howie Lindsey of 790 KRD – but he’s not talking about that kind of diversity. Stop with the specialization and start letting your kid play all the sports, he argues on page 32.

Get A Glimpse

Need motivation to make your health a priority? Try having your child admit he’s angry with you for shaving years off your life by your poor eating habits and lack of exercise. That’s what happen to Bonnie Walker-Armstrong. The Louisville Athletic Club member shares her inspirational story in her own words on page 42.

Thank you for taking the time to pick up Extol Sports.

Truly,

Angie Fenton

Extol Sports

Editor in Chief