Story and Photos by: Halee Evans, staff writer/photographer
The Fortville Farmer’s Market, which is every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. until September 25, has a variety of foods to buy.
They have everything from tomatoes and squash to apples and cakes.
This market isn’t big by any means, but it is all local ingredients and foods.
“All the ingredients we use are locally sourced. I think it’s important to use locally grown foods,” said Jedediah Martin, a frequent seller at the market.
Martin and his wife make baked goods out of their home and bring them to sell in the market every Thursday.
These aren’t just your normal cinnamon rolls and brownies though. The baked goods Martin and his wife sell are traditional Scandinavian recipes.
The couple went to Norway on their honeymoon and fell in love with the food. They then decided to bring a piece of the back home to Indiana and share it with anyone willing to stop by and try it.
A few of the more decadent treats the Martins make are a chocolate rolls the size of your hand and something similar to a cinnamon roll called a cardamon roll. The difference between the cardamom roll and the classic cinnamon roll is that the cardamom roll is made out of a seed. You can also make cardamon bread.
Also selling baked goods at the farmers market was Tiffany Runyan, who is a fortville resident, who uses Hosier grown ingredients in all of her recipes.
Runyan is a pastry chef and has a culinary arts degree from a local culinary school.
“I liked to bake when I was a kid but I didn’t really want to become a pastry chef until I burned out of my career working with troubled youth,” said Runyan about her career as a pastry chef.
Being mostly self-taught, Runyan spends most of her time baking cakes for parties and other events. She even has her own facebook page for the mini company.
To create such intricate designs, Runyan uses fondant and satin ice, both of which are very thick and very sweet tasting.
“I personally like to use what is called a marshmallow fondant. Which is basically marshmallow fluff and sugar. A lot of people don’t like the taste of regular fondant so I find that my customers like this the best,” said Runyan.
For those wanting a little more of an herbal experience, stop by Barb and Eral Smith’s booth where they are selling hemp soap.
Also at their booth the Smiths sell raw milk for your pets, a variety of cheeses, and honey.
“We have a dairy farm, with hives on the property. We also raise beef, pork, chicken, and rabbits. But we don’t eat the rabbits,” said Barb Smith about her farm.
Along with the honey the Smiths sell bee pollen. Bee pollen is the powdery stuff that bees get off plants to make honey. Bee pollen does a multitude of good for your body. It not only builds immunity from allergies, but it builds red blood cells, helps with arthritis, and it gives the same effects as a steroid would, but without the harmful effects on your body. Just take one teaspoon a day with another food such as cereal.
So if you’re looking for raw or organic foods, or just want to walk around and talk to people, come down to the farmers market before it ends September 25.