Quick, Delicious Local Meals for When Life Gets Busy

Summer days getting shorter and August getting closer can only mean one thing — back-to-school season is upon us. While back-to-school is a fun and exciting time, it’s also a busy one. Finding tim...

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Flour Your Dreams - What was Once a Dream is Now a Reality

Flour Your Dreams was originally just that—a dream, specifically a dream for once Tania and Danny retired. However, when the pandemic hit, plans changed, and Tania and Danny took what was once a hob...

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LOCAL TOMATOES: A Refreshing Summertime Treat!

Growing up, we lived in the country (at least 20 minutes to the nearest shopping mall, no close neighbors, gravel driveway). In the summertime, we would always keep an eye out for the home farm stands...

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Kankakee Valley Homestead | Good Food with a Good Purpose

In his previous career, Tom Eich was a math teacher at a low-income school. Working in this profession forced him to see the effects of hunger first hand and invoked a sense of urgency to actually do ...

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Happy 4th of July from Market Wagon!

Let freedom ring! The 4th of July is an exciting time to celebrate our nation's independence with friends and family ... and eat great food! Market Wagon is passionate about helping local farmers and ...

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Market Wagon and Its Vendors Prioritize Sustainability

The Market Wagon team works hard every day to be good stewards for our vendors. But beyond the people we serve, we also work to take care of the environment. Many of the vendors that partner with us u...

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LOCAL STRAWBERRIES: Savor the Sweetness!

No matter what area you live in, it’s likely strawberries carry some sort of nostalgic story. Growing up in Indiana, friends would have small patches of strawberries. One neighbor let us come over a...

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Market Wagon Hatches Business for Purple Haven Farm

After owning land for several years, Nichole, AKA “The Chicken Mama”, started living off of her own farm. One day, she eyed some chicks and was drawn to them. Not long after, Nichole began Purple ...

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ASPARAGUS: Green Goodness, Now In Season

As a kid, Mom often made wonderful home-cooked meals for supper. But, occasionally, we would have a side I wasn’t a fan of, mostly because Dad really loved all kinds of veggies. Asparagus was one of...

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Cattle Started This Marriage, This Family, and Sherman Farms

Robert and Ashley Sherman met because of cattle. Now, they are raising their two daughters on a cattle farm. This couple began farming together 10 years ago when they got married and are continuing to...

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Piatt County farm dives into aquaponics for sustainability

Tilapia and leafy greens serve a purpose on the Koss Family Farm near White Heath. With an eye toward sustainability and the future, the traditional Piatt County farm expanded into aquaponics to raise...

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4 Corners Ranch Provides Elite Beef on Market Wagon

4 Corners Ranch sits in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It has been quite an adventure for Allen and Kimberly since they left their homes in Ohio and Pennsylvania 10 years ago. Since then,...

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From Courier to Confections: How Market Wagon Encouraged Reggie’s Creations to Take Off

The owner of Reggie’s Creations, Reggie D. Green, like many people, was hit hard when the pandemic started. She lost her job of 30+ years working in the food and beverage industry and found herself ...

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It All Started With One Steer- Now Business is Bursting Out of The Barn.

Tyson Farms, soon to become known as 54 Farms, is a first-generation farm founded in 2015 by Shaun Tyson and his wife in Central Illinois. They offer a wide selection of beef using conventional farmin...

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Nature Keepers Preserves – Special Flavor for Special Customers

Mark Ballering has always been interested in nature and the environment. When he retired from being a coffee roaster, he purchased 270 acres of woodland and row crops north of Madison.  He wanted to ...

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Her Lifelong Dream was to Farm. She’s Living It.

Johanna VanDyke is very quick to say she is living her dream, and she bubbles with enthusiasm as she talks about it. Her dream begins at 7:30 AM, rain or shine, hot or cold, as she starts her farm cho...

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Bulgarian Yogurt - Treasured for both Flavor and Health

Everyone has those foods that conjure up feelings of home. Maybe it was a favorite holiday meal, or Friday night pizza, or Grandma’s hot chocolate. For Teddy Ivanov, it’s yogurt. Not just any yogu...

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For 3 Generations, Louisville has enjoyed Fresh Produce from the Loftus Family Farm

For three generations, Loftus Farms has been providing fresh, locally grown produce for residents of Floyd County, Indiana. Beginning in July 2020, residents just across the Ohio River in Louisville, ...

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Capital Group's Local Philosophy Meets Healthy Habits

Since 1931, Capital Group, home of American Funds, has been focused on delivering results for long-term investors. Today, Capital Group manages more than $1.7 trillion in equity and fixed income asset...

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One America Brings a Farmers Market Experience to the Office

OneAmerica is one of the fastest growing mutual insurance holding companies in the industry. A key to their success is the ability to attract and retain talented people to their company. That means, ...

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Farmers can Fake Freshness, but not Flavor.

Many people make the decision to purchase local food because it's proven to be better for their communities and the environment. But, is there anything else in it for the consumer other than a good co...

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Want to Reduce Food Waste? Think Beyond the Imperfect, Ugly, & Misfit Produce.

It has been estimated that about one third of all food produced is thrown away. We are wasting food at home, in restaurants, and at the grocery store. But what most consumers have been surprised to...

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Shattering the Illusion of Egg Label Claims

Have you heard the stereotypes "helicopter parent" and "free range parent?" A helicopter parent hovers over their child every moment. On the contrary, a free range parent lets their kids roam wild, ...

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Instead of Layoffs, This Factory Put its Workers in Debt: The Untold Story of Industrial Agriculture's Injustices.

The factories are closing. Jobs are leaving our cities. People are caught in the crossfire of shifting policies, both domestic and abroad. It's a narrative that is all too familiar in America. ...

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Chicken Florentine with a side of Plastic? Maybe shipping meals isn't so great for the planet after all.

Busyness is becoming normal. Even a status symbol. And it's given rise to a new industry: The Life Optimization Industry. Thanks to busyness, the business of life optimization is booming. The...

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Who Gives a Crap about Grass-Fed Beef? ... Chickens, apparently.

For many of us the image, and maybe the only image, we have of a farm is the idyllic "story book" farm. A sweet farm complete with a classic red barn and a garden. Chickens in a coop, pigs in a ...

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Making Soil from Dirt (And, yes, there is a difference).

At Honey Creek Farm, Tim Carter is turning dirt back into soil. In 1974, Tim came home from Purdue to the family farm with the vision for America's "big ag" that was being taught in ag classrooms ever...

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