Meet the Indy Winter Farmers Market's Vendors

Gluten Free Creations

Photos Courtesy of Gluten Free Creations

This home-based business in Speedway sells their products at local farmers markets. Shoppers can purchase specialty items ranging from gluten, soy, and peanut free pumpkin cake to lemon drop brownies.

Owner: Lydia Armstrong

How many years have you been selling at the Indy Winter Farmers Market?

2015-16 is my second season with the Indy Winter Farmers Market. This season I will be there every Saturday instead of just twice a month like last year.

What are some of your gluten-free treats that people can buy?

Market customers can purchase yeast breads-sandwich breads, buns, dinner rolls/breads and cinnamon rolls; sweet breads-banana, lemon poppy seed, blueberry streusel, pumpkin, etc.; cookies- chocolate chip, double chocolate chip coconut, cranberry white chocolate chip, oatmeal breakfast cookies, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, etc.; scones (bite size portions)-lemon blueberry, cranberry orange pecan, cherry almond, dark chocolate chip, etc.; pies/tartlets- pecan, variety of fruit, etc.; donuts-pumpkin, vanilla cinnamon sugar, vanilla strawberry, etc.; cakes-angel food, pound cakes, special occasion cakes (special orders only), cupcakes, chocolate candies/snacks, and brownies-lemon drop, dark fudge, etc. Customers can also make special orders so they can guarantee they will get the items they need every week. Most of my menu items can be custom tailored for a person's dietary needs- vegan, egg free, dairy free, sugar free/unrefined sugar free, paleo, etc. My flavors and quantity of items vary from week to week. Come early for best selection or place an order.

What inspired you to start Gluten Free Creations? How did you first get into gluten-free baking?

I have always enjoyed baking and cooking. I like the chemistry of it all. . .always experimenting; discovering new ways to make foods better and making new products. At my last job, I had several colleagues and friends who were gluten sensitive or had Celiac Disease. The problem they had was finding delicious gluten free items such as breads and desserts. I started working on recipes and converting my regular recipes to gluten free ones. I would bring things into work for people to sample and make changes (if needed) based on their feedback. Also, if we had a type of an event where the caterer couldn't provide a gluten free option, I would make things for the people who needed gluten free. Ironically, after personally having health challenges for over 20 years, I discovered by elimination that gluten and artificial sweeteners had been causing my health problems. It's great to finally feel healthy again!

Anything else you want people to know about you?
I have been in business since April 2014 and providing my items at a variety of local farmers markets. I'm looking forward to growing my business even more in 2016 and expanding into more local area farmers markets. I am very thankful for all of my customers and the many referrals they give to me. 

 

Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery

Photos courtesy of Muddy Fork Farm and Bakery

Muddy Fork, Indiana’s only wood-fired brick oven bakery, is located in Bloomington. Get your bread fix at this bread and pastry shop specializing in naturally-leavened (sourdough) bread, baked fresh every Saturday morning.

Owners: Eric Schedler & Katie Zukof

How many years have you been selling at the Indy Winter Farmers Market?
This will be our fifth season.

What are some of the items people can buy from you?
We sell artisan breads and pastries baked in a wood-fired oven. All of our products are organic. Our whole-grain breads are made from grains that we stone-mill fresh each week, and we make the butter for our eight types of croissants weekly as well. We feature locally-grown ingredients such as ham, spinach and Swiss cheese (in our croissants), honey (in our granola), berries (in our scones) and apples and pumpkin (apple croissants and pumpkin pie croissants). We also use locally-raised eggs. In addition to breads and pastries, we sell soft pretzels, granola, granola bars and muesli.

Anything else you want people to know about you?

We offer artisan baking classes at our farm and bakery in northern Monroe County (about 50 miles south of Indianapolis). This winter we will be offering four different classes:  Holiday Baking, Artisan Sourdough Breads, Croissants and Bagels. In each class participants take home four loaves of bread (or a dozen pastries/bagels), a piece of sourdough starter and recipes. Classes also include a lunch of brick-oven pizza. More information is available at our website: www.muddyforkbakery.com.

 

Wild’s Apple Farm

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Courtesy of Wild's Apple Farm

This apple farm in Zionsville offers nearly 800 different varieties of apples.

Owner: Gene Wild

How many years have you been selling at the Winter Farmers Market?

Wild's Apple Farm has been selling at the Indy Winter Farmers Market since it began [8 years ago].

How many different varieties of apples do you sell?
We typically have around 25-30 varieties of apples each week at the market.

What else can people buy from you aside from apples?
Apart from apples, we also have Asian Pears, Sweet Apple Cider, and Apple Chips for sale.

What are some of the biggest challenges of growing and selling in the winter season in Indy?
The biggest challenge we face selling during the winter season is probably storage of the apples until we can bring them to market. All of our apples are pretty much picked already and so we have to plan and hold back apples throughout the winter season.

Anything else you want people to know about you?
The thing about us that stands out the most is probably the number of apple varieties we grow, nearing 800 different kinds of apples.


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