YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing
Jun12

YLNI Farmers Market In Full Swing

Downtown Fort Wayne has the PERFECT place to grab a morning cup of coffee, a bite for breakfast, some groceries and a little something extra for yourself too! The YLNI Farmer’s Market on the corner of Berry and Barr is a HUGE gathering of local farmers, entrepreneurs, bakers and craftsmen that set up shop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer. My best advice is to arrive right at 9. On my visit to the farmer’s market I left around 9:45 and the street was packed! Some vendors even had items crossed off their menus because they had ALREADY sold out. Like the saying goes, the early bird…well, you know…the early bird gets the last fresh snickerdoodle! Here are some finds from my most recent trip to the YLNI Farmer’s Market: I made off with a bath bomb from Redmaster Fusion that, no joke, smells like Fruit Loops . The owner, Kerry Redmaster, started her shop 8 years ago making soy candles and expanded from there. One of the coolest things I have seen is her creation of a bath bomb/soap bar. Just throw the whole thing in the tub and when the bath bomb fizzes out, you are left with soap- Genius! Visit her shop at https://www.redmasterfusionllc.com/ or in person at 537 W. Jefferson Blvd. Did I mention there is a surprise in the middle of her bath bombs? For my kitchen table I purchased some pea shoots and pine berries. Pea shoots taste just like peas, and are loaded with even more nutrition than the full grown plant. These and other “micro greens” are available at the market, and taste delicious on a salad or in a sandwich! I ate my pea shoots tossed with some mozzarella and parmesan cheese, served over lemon and herb spaghetti. Pineberries are white “strawberries” with red seeds and have the faint taste of pineapple in each bite.  Tea drinkers- visit Teajutsu. Actually, you non-tea drinkers go too, just to enjoy the catchy names! With teas called “I Am Froot” (Guardians of the Galaxy) and “Winter at Hogsmeade” (Harry Potter), it’s hard to resist geeking out with a cup. I purchased the Strawberry Shortcake tea, it tastes as bold as it smells and saves calories. This tea tastes just like the real thing! Your taste buds will thank you for visiting the online shop- http://www.teajutsu.net/. You can even place an order online and they will bring it to the market for you to pick up. (Editor’s note – the Teajutsu is a part of the nearby Fort Wayne Farmers Market, also on Barr Street). The YLNI Market is truly a...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Rachel Stephens
Feb21

LFW Member Spotlight – Rachel Stephens

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Managing Editor and Blogger, Rachel Stephens! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer with us? I am the managing Editor and a blogger with Living Fort Wayne. I love writing and I love Northeast Indiana so volunteer for Living Fort Wayne seemed like a perfect fit. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne. I love to cook! When I am not working or writing I am surfing Pinterest and whipping up new recipes in the kitchen. If you could live any place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I had to take up residence elsewhere, I would dream big and permanently live at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. While I have never been to Bora Bora, the idea of waking up in paradise next to the ocean everyday is enough to sell me. If you had a friend come in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? If I had a friend come in the summertime, I would have to show them the YLNI Farmers Market on Barr Street. Strolling downtown, picking up local produce and ordering lunch from a food truck is the perfect Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon experience, What is the most interesting place you’ve been in Fort Wayne that you don’t think many people know about? Over the summer I had the chance to tour the Electric Works campus. I am sure by now everybody knows about this exciting project, but it was a cool experience to see the old GE campus and hear about its former operations and how that history will be preserved in its renovations.   If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? “Remix to Ignition.” No doubt about it. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach...

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15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort
Feb04

15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort

It’s that time of year: the holidays are over, but winter is still upon us, spring and summer are too distant to get excited about just yet. Boredom is constantly lurking, and lazy nights it seems like the only option every weekend.  If only there were another way… Fort Wayne to the rescue!  Despite this annual lull and chilly weather, our city is never short on activities, happenings, and events.  We’ve done the research: check out our top 15 ideas for the whole family on staying busy and entertained this winter.   1. Cheer the Komets on to Number One! View this post on Instagram Monday would be a lot better if we all had popcorn guns. A post shared by Fort Wayne Komets (@fwkomets) on Jan 8, 2018 at 7:41am PST The Komets are on fire this season with some of the best skaters in their league and are currently ranked second in their division.  Join Icy at the rink and help bring them to number one! 2. Go Mad for the Mad Ants View this post on Instagram 📸 from our first game of the #gleagueshowcase yesterday afternoon A post shared by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (@fortwaynemadants) on Jan 12, 2018 at 9:50am PST Mad Ants games are fun for the whole family, and promo nights keep things fresh. Don your capes and masks for Superhero Night on February 3rd.  Moms and Dads can enjoy a Wayne’s World theme on March 16th with a crowd-singing of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Party on! 3. Hit the Lanes View this post on Instagram It's Saturday night and we're in the spot! A post shared by Crazy Pinz (@crazypinz) on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:56am PDT Fort Wayne has no shortage of awesome bowling alleys.  Besides its 56 lanes, Pro Bowl West claims to have the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the city.  Thunderbowl #1 has daily specials.  Crazy Pinz doesn’t stop at bowling; mini golf, a ropes course and a rock wall are just a few of their extra attractions. 4. Jump Around  View this post on Instagram ugly sweaters, sick jumps A post shared by Sky Zone (@skyzone) on Dec 23, 2017 at 9:51am PST Ever wanted to dunk a basketball like the pros?  Give it a shot (pun intended) with a trampoline at Sky Zone.  More trampolines stretch wall-to-wall for endless jumping, including a dodgeball court and foam pit.   5. Take an Intergalactic Adventure View this post on Instagram Tag other players through the grates! #ultrazoneftw #ultrazone #fortwayne #lasertag #visitfortwayne #familyentertainment #familyfun A post shared by Ultrazone Fort Wayne (@ultrazone_laser_tag) on Apr 3, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT Is there...

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Hetty Arts Pastry – Fort Wayne’s latest Food Truck
Nov29

Hetty Arts Pastry – Fort Wayne’s latest Food Truck

Fort Wayne is home to some amazing food on wheels. From gourmet hot dogs and crab Rangoon pizza to pho, you can pretty much get it all….now including from scratch apple fritters, doughnuts and a variety of pastries. Behold the newest addition to Fort Wayne’s food truck fleet – Hetty Arts Pastry Truck!   Hetty Arts, owner and pastry chef extraordinaire, is no stranger to the art of pastry making. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. With a name like that, it’s so easy!) She grew up on a dairy farm in Holland and at the age of 13 her family moved to Convoy, Ohio. Initially Hetty attended Ohio State as an interior design major. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs (her parents and brothers are dairy farmers and her sister is a florist), it was no surprise that Hetty wanted to make her own way in the world. Her mother recommended baking as an alternative path when she felt that interior design wasn’t her cup of tea. I assumed she was a natural born baker and Hetty gave me a look. “I was terrible at baking,” she laughed. “My sister will be the first to tell you. She was actually the baker when we were kids! She would tell me what to do and she never lets me forget about the time I was supposed to help her whip cream and I ended up over whipping it and turned it into butter. So no, I wouldn’t say I had any natural talent initially!” When looking for a program at Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, OH, Hetty was immediately drawn to the sparkling pastry kitchens. “They were so beautiful,” she remarks. “And it just came so easy for me. It was like I was meant to do it!” When I asked her if she was ever interested in other forms of cooking (considering the butter incident) she noted, “when you are a savory chef you have to wear 17 hats. As a pastry chef you only need to wear like 7 hats. Much more manageable!” Graduating at the top of her class with a degree in baking and pastry arts, she immediately landed a job at Joseph Decuis, which at that time was a very modern farm to fork concept that was relatively new to Fort Wayne.     While visiting a friend in NYC she found out that there was an opening at Eleven Madison Park and was given the opportunity to work with the pastry chef as a stagiare, which is a form of unpaid internship in the cooking world. “I highly recommend anyone interested in the craft to...

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YLNI Summer Farmers Market Series: Xisco’s Pops
Jul22

YLNI Summer Farmers Market Series: Xisco’s Pops

Every Saturday now through September, the YLNI Summer Farmers Market is open to the public on the corner of Wayne Street and Barr Street. The YLNI Farmer’s Market supports nearly 75 local farmers, producers, bakers and artists who offer fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, breads, jewelry, and much more. Throughout the summer, attendees enjoy free activities, such as yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and musical entertainment, along with special events like Coffee with a Cop and Bottle and Bottega. In this series, we’ll be spotlighting local vendors. Today, we’re looking at Xisco’s Pops! Xisco’s Pops When the dog days of summer are in full swing, I’m all about finding ways to cool off. Yes, a cold beverage is a good option. But, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a frozen treat to beat the heat. Enter Xisco’s Pops! This little cart packs a ton of flavor and is a sure-fire way to keep your cool in this Indiana summer. What they sell: All-natural frozen treats and fruit pops Why their products are awesome: They already had my attention with “all-natural” as a health enthusiast and all around fitness junkie myself. BUT ALSO! Some of their pops are even vegan. Dairy-free and vegan frozen treats are hard to come by. When you come across them, they’re typically less than thrilling. Xisco’s Pops changes the game by serving up pure deliciousness in vegan-friendly style! Editor’s Pick: My personal favorite are the Mango pops if you’re wanting a taste of something tropical! My dairy-consuming friends, however, swear that the Peanut Butter Cup pop is out of this world. I mean, it’s essentially ice cream dipped in milk chocolate. You can’t go wrong with that.   Treat yo’self by swinging by the Xisco’s Pops cart at the YLNI Farmers Market tomorrow. The summer market is located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corners of Wayne and Barr Streets, and open rain or shine from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday now through September. Follow Xisco’s Pops on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and appearances. Photos / Xisco’s Pops Facebook and...

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