A Sweet Look at the Past or a Glimpse to the Future?

By Denise Benson 317-842-0299

Indianapolis, Ind, 6/29/2010 – Do you enjoy experiences that bring back sweet memories of when you were a child and when life was simple? Then visit the Geist Farmers’ Market located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Indianapolis, at the corner of Fox Rd. and Oaklandon Rd. The “green” drive through the winding, shady, forest lined streets of the Geist area seem to instantly soothe your psyche and prepare you for a wholesome experience of “going to market”. Vendors at the Geist Farmers’ Market sell Holstein beef, organic cheese and butter, hand-made personalized embroidery items, hand-sewn bags, gourmet chocolate truffles, glass jewelry, beach towel tote bags, and honey. Tom Brendle [1600x1200]

Tom Brendle, from Brendle Honey Farm in Indianapolis, started his honey operation in the late 1970s to provide a healthy alternative to refined sugar. Tom started his honey farm as a hobby and it has grown into a successful business. He now sells a variety of honey products. He offers raw honey which is the healthiest choice of various forms of honey as it has the most nutritional value and contains amylase, an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen which helps predigest starchy foods and has a high antioxidant level. Creamed honey has gone through a controlled crystallization process, which lightens the color of honey, but does not affect the taste and nutritional goodness and it has a “buttery texture”. He also offers soaps and skin lotions made from honey which are gentler to and actually provide a healing property for your skin.

Michael Richert and Danile Phillips of Richert/Phillips Farms in North Liberty sell certified organic  blueberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelons, lettuce, kohl rabi, apples, peaches, apricots and more. They also offer pure Indiana maple syrup and pastured poultry. The Richert/Phillips Farms look to the future to do all of their own processing.

Mark Proctor of Fishers provides past and present guitar/vocal music and his quality musicianship is non-stop during the market time. His music from the past such as “Puff the Magic Dragon” helps you remember a way of life when our food was more pure and when many of our household items were hand-made. Instead of remembering this past way of life, maybe we should be looking to this healthy way of life for our future by supporting our local farmers and artisans.

The Farmers’ Market at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Indianapolis operates every Thursday from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m at 8115 Oaklandon Road, IN 46236 by St. Simon Church. Bring your entire family on July 1 for a special Family Night complete with live music, games, crafts, and face painting!