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Restaurant news: Farmers markets offer season’s bounty

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market's Georgetown Square location is gearing up for a fourth year of “Buy Local, Buy Fresh.” Located at the corner of Maplecrest Road and East State Boulevard, the market began Thursday and will continue through Sept. 12. Visitors can shop a wide selection of offerings from many vendors from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday.

Those with special dietary needs or restrictions will find selections for sale, such as sugar-free and gluten-free items. Vendors include North Coast Organics, Old Fort Fudge and Tonne Winery, among many more. Additionally, there will be an art and craft market on the second Thursday of July, August and September.

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market also has satellite markets throughout the summer season: Parkview Regional Medical Center Campus, 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 27; downtown at One Summit Square, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25; New Haven's Schnelker Park, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 19-Oct. 16; Jefferson Pointe near Carmike Theatre, 4-7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 6; and downtown in the Barr Street parking lot between Wayne Street and Washington Boulevard, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 14.

Discount on teas in anniversary sale

This week, Sweet Violets Tea & Antiques, 503 W. Wayne St., is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a tea sale and prize drawing. From now through the end of the month, all packaged teas ranging from caffeine free to white to green to black are 20 percent off. This includes the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and TeaSource brands.

Patrons of her restaurant (reservations recommended) and those that shop her store now through the end of the month also will be entered into a prize drawing for an anniversary basket. The “afternoon tea for one” basket includes a lavender tea cup and saucer, a tin of teas, a T-Sac, scone mix, and a package of napkins.

Sweet Violets is open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit or call 426-4832 for more information or to make a reservation.

Everyone’s a little Greek, right?

You might not have enough in your bank account to visit the Mediterranean, but a taste of the area is coming to Fort Wayne this weekend at Greek Fest 2013.

The festival will include traditional favorites such as gyros, spanakopita and souvlaki, as well as sweet treats such as baklava and tsoureki. There will also be Greek cooking demonstrations at 1 and 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Cost: $3, 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday for those 16 and older. The event runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Headwaters Park.

Indiana dried-fruit company gets national distribution

Fishers-based Funky Monkey Snacks are hitting the shelves of Walmart stores across the country.

Funky Monkey turns 100 percent real fruit into crunchy snack food without losing the nutritional value or adding sugar or preservatives.

Funky Monkey's 1-ounce varieties of Bananamon and Carnaval Mix are now available in the Walmart snack food aisle at more than 3,700 locations.

To learn more about the snacks, visit

While Cindy Larson is out for a few weeks, Matthew Glowicki will write the Restaurant Notes column. Something happening at your eatery? Call Matthew Glowicki at 461-8362, fax 461-8817, email or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.