Next IWFM Fundraising Classes

Growing Places Indy and the Indy Winter Farmers Market have partnered with the Indy Bike Hub YMCA to offer four fitness and fundraising classes. Each class will be by-donation (suggested donation of $10, but any amount will be graciously accepted). Donations go to the Eat Well Initiative, which makes it possible to use food stamps at the IWFM and to distribute Veggie Bucks vouchers to low income and high health risk individuals to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the IWFM. You do not need to be a member of the Y to attend these classes.

We are delighted to encourage you to Live Well while supporting others to Eat Well. Classes are offered by-donation. Any donation amount will be graciously accepted. $10 is the suggested donation. All proceeds go to the Eat Well Initiative.

March 10th @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spinning with Deb Hirt
Spinning (also called cycling) class will be 1 hour of cardio training on indoor stationary bikes in the Cycle Studio (3rd floor of the Bike Hub). Deb will share her love of awesome, motivational music during the class- each song in the class is for a different training interval (hills, sprints, etc.). All levels are welcome! Please note there are only 11 bikes so sign up at the IWFM or on Facebook to reserve a place!

April 7th @ 1-2 p.m.
Yoga for Life Balance with Andrea Townley
Join Andrea Townley for a gentle, all-level yoga flow focused on cultivating a balanced life. By finding your center and learning to navigate the line between relaxation and engagement, you will experience firsthand how to bring yourself into balance and stay there. All levels are welcome. Sign up at the IWFM or on Facebook to reserve a place in the class.

IWFM St Patrick’s Bike Day

Join the Indy Winter Farmers Market for St Patrick’s Bike Day!

Bike down to the IWFM on March 17th in your dapperest get-up (St Patricks day and/or Tweed costumes) and ride your loveliest cycle (or penny-farthing) for a chance to win prizes from BGI and the Indy Bike Hub! Everyone who rides or dresses in their St Pat’s Day attire will be eligible to enter the raffle.

Starting at 10am on Saturday March 17th, the IWFM St Patrick’s Bike Day will kick off by showcasing some of our City’s best bicycling organizations – INDYCOG and Bicycle Indiana, The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Indy Bike Hub, The Cultural Trail, and others. Learn more about riding downtown and see how you can be involved in making Indy a Bicycle Friendly City.

Grab a bite to eat, pick up some groceries (which fit nicely into some kitty litter paniers, which can be purchased from the INDYCOG booth), sip a cup of tea and listen to some Irish-themed music on the outdoor stage. At 12pm, all cyclists are invited to join in an informal bike ride around the City and the Cultural Trail, stopping at various sites and St Patrick’s Day activities along the way. We will make one or two stops and ride Courteous Mass style for about 5-10 miles. We will end back at the market at one of our favorite pubs, the Tomlinson Tap Room.

Join the Indy Winter Farmers Market for a great morning and the perfect way to start your St Patrick’s Day festivities!

Polar Bear Run this Saturday

There will be a Polar Bear Run outside City Market this Saturday morning! We encourage you to participate if you are able.

Please be aware that Market Street will be blocked off from 7am until about 12pm. Our parking will still be available directly east of the Indy Bike Hub and on the southwest corner of New York and Alabama Streets.

Voices United to End Hunger Conference Mar 3

The Voices United to End Hunger conference is on Saturday March 3rd at the Christian Theological Seminary. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. You will hear the voices of the hungry, those who serve them, and what is needed to end hunger in Indianapolis and around the world. IWFM founder Laura Henderson will lead a session with Dave Miner of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative at 3 p.m. For more information visit and

Slow-Cooked Stewing Hen Recipe

Chase away the winter blues with this yummy recipe from Brown Family Farm!

Slow-Cooked Stewing Hen

1 stewing hen

2 medium onions, skin-on, quartered

2 Tbs sea salt

15-20 whole peppercorns

1 splash raw cider vinegar

Water to fill crock slow-cooker to halfway

Quarter whole onion, leaving skin on. Put onions in bottom of slow cooker. Cut up hen, if desired, or if necessary to fit into crockpot. Place stewing hen in crock pot. Sprinkle salt, peppercorns and cider vinegar into crockpot. Fill crockpot approximately half way full. Meat should be falling from the bone after 10-11 hours on high.

Use tongs to remove chicken to plate. After cooling, pick meat from carcass and return bones, skin and fat to crockpot. Use meat for chicken salad, curries, soups, burritos or enchiladas.