Saturday, September 6, 2008

Eating local: Indy Southside secrets

In Indianapolis, the farmers markets most thought of are City Market, Broad Ripple, Traders Point and Carmel. But the Southside has its secrets that are worth a stop.

The farmers markets in Greenwood and Franklin are small but growing over the last few years. Greenwood's is next to the Greenwood Public Library in Old Town and is slowly expanding beyond the usual produce. Franklin's is back after the floods earlier this summer, located in the town square. Both are open Saturday mornings as well as one evening a week.

The Indianapolis Southside is dotted with little makeshift farm stands, and each night I pass signs selling corn, tomatoes and other assorted items on my way home from work. But there are a few family farm stands that are worth a mention.

Copeland's is a family-owned farm just north of County Line Road and east of I-65 in Indianapolis. I've frequented the shop for several years, and just love it. They have a greenhouse for assorted perennials and annuals and also have a produce stand. I've never been unhappy with their homegrown items, though I'll admit the fruit I've picked up there at times (which has been purchased elsewhere) hasn't been as top quality. The stand is open every day but Sundays.

Taylor's Farm Stand is at County Line 750 south of Greenwood and east of I-65. This stand also offers family-grown produce, including melons, tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn and more.

Waterman's is another family-owned market on the Indianapolis South side. They offer you-pick of beans, berries and more, as well as produce you can just buy. They also have seasonal activities such as a corn maze and pumpkin patch.

Further south is my family's favorite (and worth the drive), Apple Works in Trafalgar. Apple Works is worth the visit for three reasons: the scenery, the apple bread and the apple slushies. They have a great country market as well. The kids will also enjoy the small petting farm, and my daughter constantly talks about the "baby goat," even though it's been nearly a year since her last visit!

If there are other "little secrets" in Indy, please post them here.

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