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This is my favorite Bluetooth speaker right now

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You have hundreds of choices for Bluetooth speakers, but you’d be a fool to pass on the $130 Transit XS by Soen.

Between its portability, its power, and its sleek design, it’s hard to take issue with any feature on this device.

The Transit XS is exceedingly simple to use. It has two volume buttons and a pairing button on top, and you’ll find a power switch, a microUSB port for power, a 3.5mm audio input, and five battery level LEDs to let you know how much charge you have left.

Dave Smith/Business InsiderNutella for scale.

This thing is tiny — it’s less than three inches tall and just one inch deep — and Soen clearly had portability in mind: The Transit XS comes with a 1/4” tripod mount on the back side, which will work with a ton of different mounts and accessories so you can attach your Bluetooth speaker to your bike, for instance, if you’re headed to the beach or a friend’s house.

For the most part, though, I used the Transit XS while around the house: Whether I was in the kitchen doing dishes, or playing music while typing away on the couch, I could always hear the Transit XS from anywhere in my apartment. Sound is super crisp and clear, no matter what you’re listening to, and it can get pretty loud, too.

Audio companies like to be clever with controls, but thankfully, controlling the Transit XS is intuitive. Once you’ve paired the speaker with your computer or phone — I always used my phone — you can simply control the playback and volume through that device. It’s all super straightforward.

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It also has a great battery life: I was able to play music, pretty loudly I might add, for a solid 6-7 hours. That’s pretty impressive from a device that’s small enough to fit in a pants pocket.

If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker, you’ll want one that looks pretty, sounds great, can be easily moved around, and offers great battery life. The Transit XS is all those things and more — it’s water resistant, too! It’s my favorite Bluetooth speaker right now for its simple, elegant design and intuitive controls. There are certainly cheaper speakers out there, but this is my top pick at this price point.

Buy it here.

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A Craftsman House in Portland Shows Off Its Colors

  • Location:

    Portland, OR

  • Price: $3,975,000

As part of a $2.7 million renovation, the owners brought in a New York ‘architectural colorist’ to help choose the more than 25 colors for the interiors. The five-bedroom home also includes a wine cellar and an original fireplace in the master bedroom—Sarah Tilton

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Libbey Inc. Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Libbey Inc. (NYSE MKT: LBY), one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world, today reported results for the first quarter-ended March 31, 2015.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Net sales for the first quarter were $187.4 million, compared to $181.6 million for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.2 percent (8.4 percent excluding currency fluctuation).
  • Net income for the first quarter was $3.1 million, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million in the prior-year first quarter. Adjusted net income (see Table 1) for the first quarter was $3.6 million, compared to the $2.5 million adjusted net income recorded in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) (see Table 2) for the quarter were $19.7 million, compared to $20.0 million in the prior-year quarter.
  • In the first quarter of 2015, Libbey repurchased 259,405 shares at an average price of $35.25 and paid its first quarterly dividend since 2008. The $0.11 per share dividend represents the largest dividend paid in Company history.
  • The Company reiterates expectations to generate sales growth of approximately 5 to 6 percent on a constant currency basis, and Adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 15 percent in fiscal year 2015, as the Company executes its growth strategy while investing in its commercial brands and capabilities.

“The trends observed in our business during the first quarter were in line with our expectations and give us confidence that we will continue to have success executing against our Own the Moment strategy in fiscal year 2015,” said Stephanie A. Streeter, chief executive officer of Libbey Inc. “We believe that the competitive environment is beginning to show signs of stability and are very pleased that the combined strength of Libbey’s brands and balance sheet has positioned us to continue to expand market share. While much progress has been made, we remain aggressively focused on our efforts to strengthen the Company by continuing to make smart investments in people, products, and processes for the future.”

First Quarter Segment Sales and Operational Review

  • Net sales in the Americas segment were $128.4 million, compared to $121.9 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 5.3 percent (8.2 percent excluding currency impact). Key drivers of the increase in net sales were a 4.4 percent increase in net sales in the foodservice channel, an increase of 4.4 percent in retail and a 7.3 percent increase in the business-to-business channel.
  • Net sales in the EMEA segment decreased 17.1 percent (a decrease of 0.3 percent excluding currency impact) to $28.5 million, compared to $34.4 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Net sales in the U.S. Sourcing segment were $21.4 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $17.7 million in the prior-year quarter, an increase of 20.7 percent.
  • Net sales in Other were $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $7.5 million in the comparable period last year, reflecting a 20.7 percent increase in sales (22.7 percent excluding currency impact) in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Interest expense was $4.5 million, a decrease of $3.2 million, compared to $7.7 million in the year-ago period, primarily driven by lower interest rates as a result of the refinancing completed during the second quarter of 2014.
  • The Company’s effective tax rate was 29.3 percent for the quarter-ended March 31, 2015, compared to 25.8 percent for the quarter-ended March 31, 2014. The effective rate in both years was generally influenced by foreign earnings with differing statutory rates, foreign withholding tax, accruals related to uncertain tax positions and other activity in jurisdictions with recorded valuation allowances.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • Libbey reported that it had available capacity of $79.6 million under its ABL credit facility as of March 31, 2015, with $4.1 million of loans currently outstanding. The Company also had cash on hand of $18.6 million at March 31, 2015.
  • As of March 31, 2015, working capital, defined as inventories and accounts receivable less accounts payable, was $198.9 million, compared to $187.1 million at March 31, 2014 (see Table 4). Working capital increased $11.8 million, compared to March 31, 2014. The increase compared to March 31, 2014 was primarily a result of higher inventories and accounts receivable, partially offset by higher accounts payable.

Sherry Buck, chief financial officer, concluded: “Planned capital expenditures and investments in the business designed to drive growth impacted free cash flow performance during the quarter. However, we continue to expect strong free cash flow performance for full-year 2015, driven in part by price increases across our foodservice businesses that were implemented in late March and early April. We also remain committed to having a balanced approach to capital allocation and are proud we paid our first quarterly dividend since 2008. Lastly, we have repurchased over 294,000 shares of stock at an average purchase price of approximately $34.66 as of March 31, 2015, with 1.2 million shares remaining under our current repurchase authorization. The Company continues to expect that it will repurchase all remaining authorized shares by year-end 2017.”

Webcast Information

Libbey will hold a conference call for investors on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The conference call will be simulcast live on the Internet and is accessible from the Investor Relations’ section of www.libbey.com. To listen to the call, please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software. A replay will be available for 14 days after the conclusion of the call.

About Libbey Inc.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, since 1888, we believe Libbey Inc. is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. It supplies products to foodservice, retail, industrial and business-to-business customers in over 100 countries, and it is the leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the U.S. foodservice industry.

Libbey operates glass tableware manufacturing plants in the United States in Louisiana and Ohio as well as in Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. Its Crisa subsidiary, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is a leading producer of glass tableware in Mexico and Latin America. Its subsidiary located in Leerdam, Netherlands, is among the world leaders in producing and selling glass stemware to retail, foodservice and industrial clients. Its Crisal subsidiary, located in Portugal, provides an expanded presence in Europe. Its Syracuse China subsidiary designs and distributes an extensive line of high-quality ceramic dinnerware, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its World Tableware subsidiary imports and sells a full line of metal flatware and hollowware and an assortment of ceramic dinnerware and other tabletop items, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. In 2014, Libbey Inc.’s net sales totaled $852.5 million.

This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements reflect only the Company’s best assessment at this time and are indicated by words or phrases such as “goal,” “expects,” ” believes,” “will,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or similar phrases. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty and that actual results may differ materially from these statements, and that investors should not place undue reliance on such statements. These forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Company’s business. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company’s report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 13, 2015. Important factors potentially affecting performance include but are not limited to risks related to our ability to borrow under our ABL credit agreement; increased competition from foreign suppliers endeavoring to sell glass tableware, ceramic dinnerware and metalware in the United States and Mexico; the impact of lower duties for imported products; global economic conditions and the related impact on consumer spending levels; major slowdowns in the retail, travel or entertainment industries in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe and Asia, caused by terrorist attacks or otherwise; significant increases in per-unit costs for natural gas, electricity, freight, corrugated packaging, and other purchased materials; high levels of indebtedness; high interest rates that increase the Company’s borrowing costs or volatility in the financial markets that could constrain liquidity and credit availability; protracted work stoppages related to collective bargaining agreements; increases in expense associated with higher medical costs, increased pension expense associated with lower returns on pension investments and increased pension obligations; devaluations and other major currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar and the Euro that could reduce the cost competitiveness of the Company’s products compared to foreign competition; the effect of high inflation in Mexico and exchange rate changes to the value of the Mexican peso and the earnings and cash flow of Libbey Mexico, expressed under U.S. GAAP; the inability to achieve savings and profit improvements at targeted levels in the Company’s operations or within the intended time periods; and whether the Company completes any significant acquisition and whether such acquisitions can operate profitably. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date of this press release.

In accordance with the SEC’s Regulation G, tables 1 through 5 provide non-GAAP measures used in this earnings release and a reconciliation to the most closely related Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) measure. Libbey believes that providing supplemental non-GAAP financial information is useful to investors in understanding Libbey’s core business and trends. In addition, it is the basis on which Libbey’s management assesses performance. Although Libbey believes that the non-GAAP financial measures presented enhance investors’ understanding of Libbey’s business and performance, these non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/libbey-inc-announces-first-quarter-2015-financial-results-300075033.html

SOURCE Libbey Inc.

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Wedding 101: registry survival guide

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- Your big day is approaching and there is so much to do!  One of the most exciting tasks on your to-do list is the wedding registry!  This fun shopping extravaganza doesn’t have to be stressful, thanks to WOTV 4 Women’s registry survival guide.  Take note of our best tips to make sure you  choose a great selection of items that will start you and your spouse out right.

 

Wedding Registry Survival Guide

Select the stores that suit you

When it comes to registering, choosing multiple stores makes sense.  This gives guests shopping options and allows you to register for a diverse array of items at a diverse array of price ranges.   Think outside the box and include stores to outfit the inside and outside of your home.  Home Depot, Lowes, Bed Bath Beyond ect.  You can even register online at places like Amazon.com or Crateandbarrel.com.

Go together

 

Though your husband to be will likely let you take the lead on things like china and sheets it’s a good excercise in teamwork to complete the task together.  Your guy will love getting his hands on the scanner and choosing some items that are fun for him too.   Be sure to consider his input and know that it’s BOTH of your decision.

Keep the excursion upbeat.  Make it a date day or night.  Include a break at your favorite restaurants or hit up happy hour.

Over register

Having an extensive registry doesn’t mean your greedy.  It means that you’re giving your guests options, which they’ll appreciate.  Select a variety of items in a variety of price ranges.  A good rule of thumb is to consider how many guests you’re inviting and exceed that number of items on the registry list.  You won’t get everything but you’ll also end up with gift cards and cash that you can use to purchase those remaining must-haves post-wedding.

Plan for the future

A set of 4 place settings may seem perfect for your current lifestyle but as the years go on and your family grows you’ll wish you registered for more place settings.  Choose either 8, 10, or 12 of everything.  That includes every day dishes, china, all glassware and flatware/silverware.  Plus it’s nice to have an “extra” because trust us, something will break throughout the years.

China- just do it

Many brides who have a casual style don’t see the need for registering for pricey china sets.  Let us tell you, there will come a day you wish you had a set of fancy dishes.  Even if it’s just for display most of the time, those special occasions call for special occasion dishes.  If you want to keep your style crisp and clean opt for all white china.  This classic will pair well with anything.

Upgrade, Upgrade, Upgrade

Though you may still have a mish-mash of college dishes or hand me downs, this is the time to upgrade.  Don’t register for the “cheapest” model because it won’t last long and you’ll wish you had something better quality.  Be selective about your items that are most important and go big and then go middle of the road on the other items.  For example if you love to bake, register for that gorgeous KitchenAid mixer.  If you’re a coffee nut then get a fabulous coffee maker.

Timing is everything

Though you’re stoked to register right after you get the ring try to restrain yourself.  You don’t want to load up your registery with items that may not exist six month down the road.  Find out when your shower is and then make sure you get your registery completed just before the invites get mailed out.  Then update your registry after your bridal shower.  It’s good to access what you’ve received and what items you still really would like to receive.

Tried and true advice from real West Michigan brides (and grooms)

 Think in terms of rooms. Bath, kitch, living. Mix variety not only in items but prices so you appeal to all types of guests.

 

People love to shop online but not everyone (older generation). Make sure there is a local store where guests live. Your gramma with lots of money who lives in Wayland isn’t going to get that serving tray from Bloomingdales. Your uncle in Manhattan however……

 

Don’t argue over the little things.  We got in a huge blow-up fight over a $200 stainless steel trash can.  (seriously?!) Now I look back and realize my husband was right.  The $15 plastic version has worked just fine.

 

I’ve attending some weddings where people register for items that are hundreds of dollars. I know that registering is fun and it’s fine to have a few “dream items,” but most not everyone can afford that stuff. Have a variety of price ranges!

 

Register for things you’ll actually use. And take into consideration the economic status of your guests and register for a variety of priced items. While some guests might be able to afford that $400 cook set, others might only be able to afford that $25 place setting.

 

Check your registry regularly before/after showers to make sure there are items still available at a variety of price ranges. I know there isn’t a Crate Barrel in GR but if you have access to one they give a away a free gift to those that register w them

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Weston to open slave cabin to visitors

The historic Weston Farmstead in Casanova will have something new, and yet old, to share with visitors who attend the spring open house May 9.

The slave/workers’ cabin, long closed to visitors, will open to the public, thanks to some timely repair work.

The wood cabin with two front entrance doors initially housed slaves. After the abolition of slavery, the cabin became a home for hired workers.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Open House Day, May 9, visitors can also tour the main house, smokehouse, kitchen, ice house, barn and blacksmith shop to see how life was lived at various times from the 1800s to the 1900s. Admission is free.

The timber barn and smokehouse date to the 1850s, according to Blair Lawrence, chairwoman of preservation and restoration at Weston.

“The slave cabin is probably the earliest, built in the 1840s. There is a ledger listing the lumber and materials,” she said. “It was made so well and on a foundation that it survived.” Two historic architects helped determine its probable age.

Weston was in the hands of the Nourse family from 1858 until 1959. The name Weston comes from a Nourse manor house by the same name in Herefordshire, England.

The land on which the farmstead sits was owned by Robert “King” Carter.

Later, 939 acres were sold to Thomas Fizthugh in 1817.

When Charles Nourse Jr. acquired the land in the late 1850s, it featured a two-story log cabin, outside kitchen, slave cabin, smokehouse, corn house and barn on the property. In 1860, Nourse added a parlor, study and dining room to the main house, the roof was raised and a bedroom was added to the second floor.

Research into the property’s history filled in some gaps. Courthouses were burned during the Civil War, so many records went up in smoke. Family diaries provide valuable information.

“One of our members has gone through our collected history and has told us what’s true and what’s not,” said Lawrence. “She’s brought us up to date.”

That member, Anne Van Ryzin, said an interesting historical nugget is that 18 slaves that worked on the property were freed in 1853 after the death of then-owner Giles Fitzhugh under the terms of his will. A Fitzhugh brother challenged the will but it was upheld in court.

Freeing slaves “was not a usual event and is one of the stories that has to be told,” Van Ryzin said. Some of the former slaves continued to live in the Casanova area while others moved out of state to avoid being enslaved again.

The Nourse family didn’t take sides during the Civil War. Union and Confederate troops crisscrossed the property and sometimes took what they needed from the land.

Charles Nourse’s first wife was from New York. “She was not happy here and came down briefly. She kept a diary. She was miserable here. She was a Yankee,” Lawrence said.

After her death, Nourse remarried and had four children, including daughters Charlotte and Constance. They were artists and some of their paintings, some depicting horses and hounds, and craft work are displayed in the house. One room served as their art studio.

The unmarried sisters sold art, flowers, and ran a summer camp to make a living.

The 10-acre Weston historic site is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The Warrenton Antiquarian Society acquired the property in 1959 after Charlotte and Constance died within months of each other.

There is a wildlife refuge adjacent to the property and the Casanova Hunt has a kennel at Weston. Charlotte Nourse was a master of the fox hound.

The Antiquarian Society has made repairs to the buildings over the years as funds were available.

“They have been left as are. We’re not trying to recreate them or make them look brand new,” Lawrence said.

The main house has a mix of Federal and Victorian furniture. It is furnished throughout. Sometime during the family’s occupancy a new staircase was added to replace one whose outline can still be seen where a wall went up.

The kitchen is outfitted for use, though not with modern conveniences. The skillets are from an earlier time as are the potato masher, nut cracker and cherry pitter. There’s a phone on a wall that requires a cranking motion to operate.

All of the buildings have shake shingles except for the slave/worker cabin which has a tin roof that the Casanova Hunt paid to have installed.

The group hired a restoration carpenter to make new windows for the slave cabin and to rebuild the two fireplaces and chimney. They used stone from a nearby quarry.

When it was occupied, families lived in one side of the cabin duplex and single men in the other. A single staircase was added to the cabin later to provide access to the attic. The early inhabitants used a ladder.
The interior walls are whitewashed. “We found nothing written on the walls” during the work,” Lawrence said. They did find bottles and spoons.

Some of the original roof can be seen through spaces left open in the attic ceiling.

The cabin had electrical service in later years, but never had plumbing for water.

Lawrence said that roughly $20,000 was spent on slave cabin repairs. A gift from the late Nicolaas Kortlandt helped make it possible.

Weston, located at 4476 Weston Road, does not have regular visiting hours, but visits can be arranged by calling (540) 347-0225. The site often has visits from school groups.

The Warrenton Antiquarian Society is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Donors can join the Friends of Weston through the http://www.historicweston.org website. A tea/cocktail party is held every year for the Friends.

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Farm Fresh: 15 markets to visit this season

It’s the season for fresh, well, everything. Warm-weather farmers markets return with May flowers. From simple parking lot gatherings to large-scale productions complete with live music and food courts, the Indianapolis-area farmers market scene savors every drop of summer. Here is a sampling of what the area has to offer.

Avon Farmers Market

Hendricks Regional Health, 8244 E. U.S. Highway 36, Avon.Tuesdays, June 2 to Sept. 29, 4 to 7 p.m.

A great after-work destination, the Avon Market focuses on fresh fruits, veggies and meat from vendors who live within a 60-mile radius.

Guests also shop for homemade canned and baked goods, crafts, flowers and other fresh finds. Expect to find pastas, salsa, granola, eggs, flowers, coffee, gourmet treats, pet items, soaps, candles, jewelry, jams and jellies.

Don’t miss: The Food Florist, with popular to-go frozen lasagnas, quiches and other tasty casseroles.

For more information: avongov.org.

The Market at Hague (formerly Binford Farmers Market)

North Parking Lot, Lawrence North High School, 7800 N. Hague Road.Saturdays, May 2 to Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to noon.

More than 40 food vendors join a dozen-plus artisans at this lively market, which relocated to the spacious parking lot at Lawrence North last year. The market prides itself on attracting vendors with strong Indiana ties.

Browse through offerings from state farms, meat and fish vendors, cheese makers, nurseries, wineries, bakeries and more. New vendors include Garcia’s Garden, a chemical-free farm with arugula, salad mixes, Asian mustard greens and pak choi, and Leona’s Kitchen, serving homemade breakfast burritos, parfaits, toast and cinnamon rolls. Free parking is plentiful.

Don’t miss: Eat All the Colors, selling one-of-a-kind vegetable prints and hosting twice monthly children’s activities such as scavenger hunts and coloring pages.

For more information:binfordfarmersmarket.com.

Broad Ripple Farmers Market

South Parking Lot, Broad Ripple High School, 1115 Broad Ripple Ave.Saturdays, May 2 to Nov. 21, 8 a.m. to noon.

This food-focused market (crafts and art selections are just a stroll away in Broad Ripple Village) combines the traditional seasonal offerings of produce, herbs, beef, pork, poultry and eggs with year-round favorites. Flowers and bedding plants start the season, along with herbs and spring vegetables. Also shop for maple syrup, salad dressings, honey, cheese, pastries — even pet treats. If you can’t wait to shake off your hunger, you’ll find a selection of ready-to-enjoy foods on hand. And all of this takes place to the background of live music.

What’s new: Several first-time vendors, including Full Hand Farm (Noblesville) and Shamrock Farm (Arlington). Coming later this year: a 2016 BRFM calendar.

For more information: broadripplefarmersmarket.org.

Brownsburg Farmers Market

Brownsburg Town Hall Green.Thursdays, June 4 to Sept. 3, 4 to 7 p.m.

Voted a Best of Hendricks County winner in 2013 and 2014 by Hendricks County Flyer readers, the Brownsburg Market returns for its third year with an expected 30 or more vendors each week. Expect to find produce, baked goods, popcorn, jewelry, candles, Italian ices and more among the eclectic mix. Additionally, enjoy vendor grilling demonstrations, Grill and Go product sampling (on select days), a concert series, Brownsburg Parks recreation trailer activities, special food pantry donation days and, on Aug. 6, the annual National Farmers Market Week celebration.

What’s new: A partnership with Fresh Bucks allowing SNAP participants to double their benefits when purchasing locally grown produce at the market.

For more information: facebook.com/BrownsburgFarmersMarket.

Carmel Farmers Market

Center Green, 355 City Center Drive, Carmel.Saturdays, May 2 to Sept. 26, 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Focused on edibles only (no crafts), the Carmel market welcomes Indiana growers and producers who sell fresh meats, cheeses, eggs, fruits, veggies and more. Prepared offerings include everything from salsas, jams and honey to breakfast sandwiches, Belgian waffles and Danish pastries. The festival atmosphere features live music, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations. Park for free in the adjacent and spacious 600-car garage.

What’s new: Alaskan salmon, a large variety of mushrooms and many new vendors, including a juicer, a Belgian pastry maker, a jam and jelly maker, two organic vegetable growers and a cookie baker.

For more information: carmelfarmersmarket.com.

Original Farmers Market at the Indianapolis City Market

Market Street between Delaware and Alabama.Wednesdays, May 6 to Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More than 40 vendors make this Downtown, producer-only farmers market a summer standout. You’ll find a little something for everyone, from tamales and teas to wines, pastas and baked goods. And, of course, plenty of farm-fresh produce.

Don’t miss: The chance for a guided tour of the City Market Catacombs, located beneath the outdoor market, before or after you shop.

For more information: indycm.com/farmers-market.

Cumberland Farmers Market

Cumberland Town Hall, 11501 E. Washington St., Cumberland.Saturdays, May 2 to Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to noon.

Billed as “not just a farmers market, but a social event,” this Saturday staple combines fresh-picked veggies, fruits, organic or naturally grown fresh beef, pork, free-range eggs, cheese and honey with home-made baskets, quilts, jewelry and artwork.

Don’t miss: Chatting with vendors who come prepared with recipe ideas, cooking tips, display suggestions and more.

For more information: town.cumberland.in.us.

Fishers Farmers Market

Nickel Plate Park, 6 Municipal Drive, Fishers.Saturdays, May 2 to Sept. 26, 8 a.m. to noon.

Perogis? Check. Pasta? Check. Produce. Yep, they’ve got that too at this juried market, which draws up to 2,500 guests each Saturday in front of the Fishers Amphitheater. In addition to the fresh produce finds, annuals and perennials, visitors line up for gourmet fudge and chocolate, guacamole, coffee beans, granola and numerous other tempting treats.

Don’t miss: Professional entertainment every Saturday and four special days: Wellness Day (June 13), Pet Day (July 11), Kids Day (Aug. 22) and Fall Harvest Celebration (Sept. 19).

For more information: onezonecommerce.com.

Franklin Farmers Market

Southwest corner of Jefferson and Jackson streets, Franklin.Saturdays, May 9 to Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to noon.

About 40 vendors gather weekly to feature a cornucopia of vegetables (from asparagus to zucchini), fruits, herbs, honey, baked goods, hot sauces, eggs, jams, jellies and more. Browse for numerous other finds, including pet treats, lawn furniture, candles, soaps, hair accessories, bird houses, jewelry, kitchen items and clothing.

What’s new: A hand-crafted iron arch bearing the market’s name, umbrellas for tables and live music.

For more information:discoverdowntownfranklin.com.

Greenfield Farmers Market

103 W. Main St., downtown Greenfield.Saturdays, May 16 to Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon.

For this market’s second season, regulars will be glad to see the return of favorites Hidden Acres, Masters Jam and Jellies, Fair Farms, Give Me Paw pet treats and Tyner Pond Farm. A total of 14 vendors sell pork, beef, chicken, chemical-free fruits and vegetables, herbs, plant baskets, jams, jellies, coffee, baked goods, dog treats and vintage creations.

What’s new: Custom-made kitchen blades and blade sharpening by Ash Blaeds.

For more information: facebook.com/GreenfieldFarmersMarket.

Irvington Farmers Market

Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair, middle north lot.Second Sunday of each month, June 7 to Nov. 8, noon to 3 p.m.

If you like to sleep in, this is the market for you.

More than 70 vendors sell seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, syrups, salsa, honey, herbs and bakery goods.

Shop for hand-crafted jewelry, hand-thrown pottery and other artful objects, then stop by informational booths to learn more about local nonprofits, schools, Ellenberger Park, the Irvington Development Association, local political candidates and other civic and professional groups.

This volunteer-run market is sponsored by the Irvington Garden Club and benefits its beautification projects and other efforts.

Don’t miss: Live entertainment by local — often Irvington-based — musicians and bands.

For more information: irvingtongardenclub.com/events/farmers-market.

Noblesville Farmers Market

Riverview Health overflow parking lot, Conner Street at the intersection of Ind. 32 and Ind. 19, Noblesville.Saturdays, May 9 to Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to noon.

Hamilton County’s oldest farmers market returns one week earlier than usual with more than 80 vendors.

The large product lineup includes vegetables, fruits, meats, herbs and other homegrown items, along with jewelry, artwork, soaps, crafts and pet treats.

Grab breakfast, lunch or a snack at the food court and enjoy live performances by local musicians.

What’s new: The market now accepts EBT and SNAP benefits in addition to WIC. Look for expanded prepared food options in the food court. Coming in 2016 or 2017: a new location.

For more information: noblesvillemainstreet.org.

Plainfield Farmers Market

Plainfield Friends Meeting, U.S. 40 and Ind. 267 N., Plainfield. Wednesdays, June 3 to Sept. 30, 4 to 7 p.m.

Produce, baked goods and food trucks take culinary credit here, but visitors also find crafts and booths from nonprofits (Gathering Together, the Alzheimer’s Association) and other informational organizations. Available specialty items include honey, syrups, pet treats, flowers and essential oils.

Don’t miss: Kids Day on June 10, Health Day on June 24 and Veterans Patriotic Day on July 1.

For more information: facebook.com/PlainfieldChamberFarmersMarket.

Traders Point Summer Green Market

9101 Moore Road, Zionsville.Fridays, June 5 to Aug. 28, 5 to 8 p.m.

This evening market coincides with the Creamery’s Dinners on the Deck lawn parties, with entertainment, ready-to-eat food vendors and a wine-beer-sangria bar. The market spotlights local, sustainable vendors of produce, meats, baked goods, homemade soaps and more.

Don’t miss: Savoring summer with a scoop of the Creamery’s popular ice cream, made with organic cream and grass-fed milk.

For more information: traderspointcreamery.com.

Zionsville Farmers Market

Corner of Main Street and Hawthorne, Zionsville.Saturdays, May 16 to Sept. 26, 8 to 11 a.m.

More than 40 farmers and food artisans venture to this market to purvey meats, including buffalo and bison, eggs, produce (heirloom tomatoes are new this year), cheeses, breads, honey, pastries, pies and more. Local musicians provide live entertainment.

Don’t Miss: Woodburn Pasta, Full Hand Farms and, in July, The Melon Guy.

For more information: zionsvillefarmersmarket.org.

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Picnics, Outdoor Dining & Summer Entertaining Seminars

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The weather turns warm this weekend. It’ll be perfect for outdoor fun and food!

Design Expert Julie Robins explained how you can plan the perfect outdoor entertaining with the professionals at Replacements, Ltd.

Robins told WFMY News 2’s Tracey McCain first things first, you have to get them in and out of storage without breaking them.

“We use a few tricks, like a cup holder from a fast food place to make things stay neatly packed in our baskets,” said Robins.

You can find more tips like this at Replacements Ltd.’s first Picnics, Outdoor Dining Summer Entertaining seminars on May 7, 8 and 9th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Whether you are planning a fun family outing or a more formal evening under the stars, we’re going to offer fresh ideas on how to use your outdoor spaces and indoor dinnerware patterns in bold new ways,” said Robins.

“Our team will cover outdoor entertaining etiquette, menu planning and food safety, themes and designs for alfresco dining and show you how to create beautiful floral designs that will look fantastic on your porch or patio or even work for a day in the park. We’re going to help you with everything you need for the perfect summer gathering.”

The Picnics, Outdoor Dining Summer Entertaining seminars will be locally catered and the cost to participate is $11.95 per person. Registration is required by May 4, 2015 due to limited space. For more information or to sign up for the event, contact Julie Robbins at (336) 697-3000 ext. 2233 or julie.robbins@replacements.com. Replacements is located just off I-40/I-85 (exit 132) at 1089 Knox Road, McLeansville, N.C., 27301.

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