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Updated for 2013.
When I first moved to Indiana from the LA area I was so disappointed. I wanted to have a little bit of a Little House on the Prairie feel to my life but instead I just traded the 405 for 465, earthquakes for tornadoes, Vons and Albertsons for Kroger and Marsh, my SUV for…..my SUV. I wanted to pick my food up from a farm and see cattle across the road and horses on my way to work. Luckily I’ve made some concessions with my expectations and in turn, Indiana has presented several opportunities for me to live in a Dixie Chick’s song (think Wide Open Spaces and Cowboy Take Me Away lyrics).
Our first year or two of marriage, my husband and I would drive around in the “country” (south of Indianapolis…..you know, Greenwood, Whiteland, Mooresville, Martinsville…the country) on Saturday mornings, looking for farm stands to buy produce from. Now that gas is about $150 a tank, we’ve had to find a new pastime. We discovered Farmers’ Markets! Each one is very different and some of them even offer live entertainment and delicious food to eat while you shop for locally grown produce, fresh baked bread, homemade salsas, jams and barbecue sauces and soooo much more.
You don’t even have to buy anything, you can just window shop, meet people and learn so much from them! The best part? Your kids will begin to see that food doesn’t really come from a building with neon lights and doesn’t have to be shipped from far away places. When they help you select the fresh produce and they know where it came from, they might have more fun eating it.
Here’s our incomplete list of area Farmers’ Markets. Please email me any that I’ve left out or any information I might have omitted!
Binford Farmers Market (Northwest corner of Binford Boulevard and East 62nd Street)
Saturdays, 8am – 1pm May through October 27th – Also offers indoor market every Satuday in April, 9am-1pm
Meat, produce, flowers, specialty foods and baked goods (over 40 vendors most weeks).
Broad Ripple Farmers Market (1115 Broad Ripple Avenue – Behind Broad Ripple High School)
Saturdays, 8am – Noon May through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Rain or shine!
Fruit, vegetables, honey, lavender, fresh and dried flowers, plants, meat, dairy products, coffee, tea, preserves, pasta, bread and other baked goods. Shoppers are welcome to bring their dogs to the market.
Greenwood Farmers Market (United Methodist Church parking lot at 525 N Madison, Greenwood) Saturdays, 8 am – 12 noon Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 6 pm last weekend in April until October.)
Saturdays, 8am-noon, beginning the final weekend of April until October & Wednesdays 2:30-6 pm beginning June 5th.
Beef, pork, lamb, pheasant, turkey, chicken, bedding plants, flowers, soaps, honey, baked good, crafts and many other products
Indianapolis Farmers Market (222 East Market Street )
Wednesdays 9:30am-1:30pm May through October. Rain or shine. Winter Market begins indoors in November.
Meat, eggs, cheese, poultry, honey, plants, produce, flowers, baked goods and more.
The Old Farm Market in Avon (9613 E. US HWY 36, AVON, INDIANA)
An indoor and outdoor market (still verifying hours and days)
Fresh produce, flowers, homemade items, trees and shrubs, perennials, grass seed, garden statuary and rock.
Irvington Farmers Market (Ellenberger Park: 5302 East St Claire)
Second Sunday of the month from noon-3pm, June through October
Produce, herbs, meats, cheeses, honey, baked goods, plants, hand crafted items, refreshments, live entertainment.
Green Market at Traders Point Creamery (9101 Moore Road in Zionsville, Indiana)
Fridays, 4-8pm (May – October) Saturdays 9am-12:30pm (November – April)
Saxony Market in Fishers (13578 E. 131st Street, Fishers, Indiana)
Saturdays 8am-noon, May-September
Produce, meat, preserves, baked goods.
Carmel Farmers Market (1 Civic Square, Carmel, In at the Palladium)
Saturdays 8am-11:30am – May 19th through the last Saturday of October
Produce, wine, meat, poultry, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, salsa, honey, flowers and plants.
Noblesville Farmers Market (Intersection of S.R. 32 & S.R. 19 in the Riverview Hospital Overflow Parking lot, located on Conner Street, just west of the Conner Street Bridge)
Saturdays 8am-12:30pm – May 19th through October 6th
Potted, fresh-cut and dried flowers, potpourri, fresh and dried herbs as well as products using natural herb extracts, bedding and foliage plants, trees, bushes, honey, flour and ground grains. Handmade items such as artwork, jewelry, crafts, soap, candles and pottery. NO PETS ALLOWED.
Abundant Life Church Farmers Market (7606 East 82nd Street, Indianapolis)
Thursdays 4-7 pm – June through beginning of September
Baked goods, fruits, vegetables, pasta, nuts, meat, pies, flowers, live plants
State House Market (Robert D. Orr Plaza outside of the Indiana Statehouse and Government Center – Off of West Street between Ohio and Washington Streets)
Thursdays 10:30am-1:30pm – May 23 to October 10th.
Food grown and sold by local vendors. Fresh, healthy lunch served by Indianapolis’s top food trucks. Vegetables, fruits, flowers, milk, eggs, pork, beef, lamb and more in the early season.
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