Spring is here! Which means not only warmer temps, but also the start of one of my favorite Spring/Summer activities – farmers’ markets! Whether you’re looking for tonight’s dinner, a one-of-a-kind craft, or fresh flowers, you’re sure to find it at one of the Indy area’s weekly markets. With several markets all around town throughout the week, there’s likely one that will fit your needs in terms of time and location. Here’s a round-up of Indy area farmers’ markets:
The City Market – Known as “The Original Farmers’ Market”, it occurs every Wednesday in May through October outside the downtown City Market, between Delaware and Alabama St. From 9:30-1:30 rain or shine, you will find an array of fresh fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, flowers, and wine. Grab some lunch at one of the various food vendors and it will soon become a favorite hump day tradition.
Broad Ripple – With one of the longer seasons, running every Saturday 8-noon, starting the first weekend in May through the weekend before Thanksgiving, this well-known food-focused market offers an array of vendors. Located behind Broad Ripple High School, you’re in close proximity to browse Broad Ripple Village after grabbing your goods.
Binford Farmers Market – In its 8th year, now at a new location in the Lawrence North High School parking lot, this market opens May 2nd from 8-noon. Unique to this market is “Artisan Saturday”, occurring the second Saturday of each month, and featuring a local artisan sharing their hand made products.
Carmel – Every Saturday in May through September, located at the corner of City Center Dr. and SW 3rd St, right off the Monon at the Center Green by the Palladium, you’ll find your typical market offerings and then some. Come hungry, enjoy live music, and leave happy at this north side staple. With new vendors added every year, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular markets in town.
Noblesville – Saturdays May 9th through October 17th. The oldest and largest market in Hamilton County, with more than 80 vendors, including handmade items and crafts. Pets are welcome at this busy market, located in the Riverview Health overflow parking lot, on Conner St. at the intersection of SR 32 and 19. From 8-12 come and peruse the booths, or relax and enjoy the live music while indulging on one of the many food and drink offerings. Also, on Thursdays from 5-8 pm, June 4-September 17, visit a European style market, located in the urban park at 839 Conner St. This smaller market focuses on produce, hot and fresh meals to go, arts and crafts.
Westfield – Bucking the Saturday tradition, this market operates on Friday evenings from 5-8 pm, beginning June 5th through August 28th, at Ameriana Bank on the corner of SR 32 and Carey Rd. A relative newbie, this market continues to grow and plans to add live music, raffles, contests, and other fun activities, in addition to the typical market vendors.
Zionsville – In the heart of the village, you will find the quaint market, open from 8-11 am every Saturday, beginning after Mother’s Day through September. In addition to locally grown produce, fresh meat, and eggs, local restaurants offer made-to-order favorites. Grab breakfast and take time to walk through this charming downtown village. You won’t regret it.
Brownsburg – Voted the “Best of Hendricks County” in 2013 and 2014 by readers of the Hendricks County Flyer, this market runs on Thursdays, from 4-7 pm starting June 4th-September 3rd. Located on the Brownsburg Town Hall Green, you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. This market also accepts SNAP benefits, and many vendors also participate in WIC nutrition program benefits.
Traders Point Creamery – Every Friday night in June through August, from 5-8 pm, The Green Market is held in conjunction with the farm’s popular Dinners on the Deck. After purchasing your market items, stay for a farm fresh dinner and live music – adult and kid-friendly!
Plainfield – Located on the lawn of the Plainfield Friends Meeting at US 40 and SR 267, this market occurs every Wednesday from 4-7 pm, starting June 3rd through September 30th. In addition to the typical farmers’ market offerings, you’ll also find non-profit info booths and food trucks.
Greenwood – Beginning Mother’s Day weekend and continuing through the second Saturday in October, this market at 525 N Madison Ave. runs from 8-noon, and showcases the usual market fare.
Fishers – Located at 6 Municipal Dr every Saturday from 8-noon beginning in May.
Geist – Every Thursday from 2:30-6:30 pm at 8115 Oaklandon Rd. in Indianapolis.
As you can see, Indy is blessed with bountiful opportunities to get your farmers’ market fix. It’s a great way to get out and support the community and local farmers. Enjoy and eat local!