Featured Member: U-Relish Farm

With the bicentennial year among us, festivities are in full swing. Cara Dafforn, owner of U-Relish Farm, an Indiana Original, is hosting the Bicentennial Bazaar, occurring most Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Indianapolis City Market. This event, free and open to the public, offers locals the chance to see produce, and buy from vendors around the state. Soon, children will be able to partake in the 6th annual Shamrock Scavenger Hunt, and end their quest at the rainbow to win nonfood prizes! Cara began U-Relish Farms when her nephew was born with a rare disease known as PKU, that causes him to be unable to digest all proteins. Her sister is a vegetarian, and her nephew is a vegan, so she set out to make tasty, vegan crockpot meals for her family in Florida. Now, six years later, she says that every year brings a new thing she loves about being a small business. “One year, a boy about my nephew’s age approached my booth and told me he loved my food more than video games, and he loved having dinner with is family” she says with a laugh. Educating the general public about the importance of beans and legumes is what her booth at the City Market strives to do; and being an Indiana Original is important too, “it tells the community that we were started and created here.” In addition to the Bicentennial Bazaar, the Indianapolis City Market will begin holding a twilight market during the summer months, and they have begun accepting applications. And the advice she would give to those thinking about starting their own small business? “Do your math. It’s what makes a difference between a hobby and a business. Know your margins. Know your quota. Always do your math.” Have a great bicentennial, and thanks so much for all that you do! For more information, visit: https://urelishfarm.wordpress.com