YLNI Farmers Market: It’s Almost Summer!
May06

YLNI Farmers Market: It’s Almost Summer!

Though it might be hard to believe, summer is just around the corner here in Fort Wayne. It’s warming up outside, college students are wrapping up finals week, and the days are getting longer. Still not convinced? I’ve got more proof: the YLNI Farmers Market kicks off the summer market season this month! On Saturday, May 21, the YLNI Farmers Market returns downtown on the corner of Barr Street and Wayne Street for its twelfth season of local eats and treats! From fresh produce and homemade baked goods, to handcrafted soaps and unique gifts, there’s something for everyone at the YLNI Farmers Market. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s a producers-only marketplace. Every single vendor either personally made or grew each product they sell. In addition, all of the vendors hail from Allen or a surrounding county. If you’re dedicated to shopping locally, this is the place to do it. You can also enjoy other things to do at the market, like live music by local musicians and kid-friendly activities, such as cuddling one of the pups available for adoption from the ASPCA! No promises that you won’t accidentally fall in love with one, though (I speak from experience). The YLNI Farmers Market opens for the summer season May 21 and runs every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm until September 10. Free parking is available in the lot of the History Center along Berry Street and on the streets in the surrounding blocks, with ample opportunities to lock up a bicycle if you choose to ride downtown instead. Learn more about Opening Day for the summer market here. For updates and the inside scoop at the YLNI Farmers Market, check out their Facebook and follow them on Snapchat (@ylnifarmmarket). In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring YLNI Farmers Market vendors on the Living Fort Wayne blog. Be sure to check back for these cool insider looks at local businesses! YLNI Farmers Market 302 East Berry Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (Directly behind the Fort Wayne History Center at the corner of Barr and Wayne...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Sarahmics
Jul25

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Sarahmics

As we enter the final leg of summer, the Barr Street Market rolls on, and so does the outstanding list of vendors! I am excited to write this week’s post because Sarah Thompson of Sarahmics was so excited to be a part of it. When I contacted her about this vendor series she was thrilled to be featured as one of the market’s vendors and even more ecstatic to talk about her awesome work. Sarah’s craft is pottery.  She describes it as, “uniquely functional ceramic for everyday use and display.” She has been a vendor at Barr Street Market for three years as well as local and regional juried art fairs.  But when asked why she loves attending the market she says it’s the vibe that draws her in.  It’s not just the interaction of the other talented vendors, but even the “sheer awesomeness of the cusotmers” that creates her self-titled “Barr Street family.” Sarah adds, “Barr Street helped me ‘fill in the gaps’ between art fairs which allowed me to confidently quit my day job three years ago and become self employed and fully support myself based on my pottery! The market holds such a strong place in my heart for this reason!” This is a girl with a dedication to our market!  She even gives a shout out to Barr Street Market on her website, promoting the 10th Anniversary.  Speaking of dedication…when it comes to pottery, she’s got it.  “ I just want people to know that I take my time with each piece, I do not use any molds.  I make each piece and all the parts for each piece, one at a time.  Because of this, no two pieces are ever exactly alike.  Every piece you buy from me is truly one of a kind! Take a teapot, for example: Body, spout, handle, lid, knob.  The simplest teapot is at least five different pieces, five different balls of clay, five different decisions, five different items to attach and assemble, all for one teapot. I put my heart and soul into each piece.  my hands form each and every item.  That’s what’s so special. So many people tell me that my mug is their favorite mug and that they can feel my love, passion, and energy in each piece.  This is my goal, and it’s the best compliment ever!”  Sarah will be at the Barr Street Market on July 26th (that’s tomorrow!), August 2nd and 30th, and September 20th.  She also teaches classes, workshops and even private parties for between 4-10 people.  Go to her website for more information, or if nothing else, to see the photo gallery of her studio.  Mark my...

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