The Broad Ripple Farmers Market in Indianapolis is hardly the small market I went to years ago. Housed behind Broad Ripple High School, there's tent after tent of temptations.
My daughter was wowed by the rainbow of color available: red chard, orange heirloom tomatoes, yellow sunflowers, green beans of every shape and size, blueberries (of course!) and purple potatoes. Mixes of organic and heirloom produce, many of which I'd only seen in catalogs before, if at all.
And specialty items galore. We were surprised that Three Dog Bakery, remembered from its original store on Kansas City's Plaza, had a booth. So did Trafalgar's Apple Works, which we love to visit in the fall (and enjoy the best apple bread on the planet). Will someone get breakfast treats from Burton's Maplewood Farm or lavendar lotions from Willowfield Lavender Farm this Christmas? Only time will tell.
Our family truly loved the variety of the Broad Ripple market, though it's definitely busier with human and canine visitors, if that's a cause for little ones' fears. Find hours, dates and directions online at http://www.broadripplefarmersmarket.com/.