Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New farmers markets coming on board

Even though we're still about a month out from the farmers markets opening up in Indianapolis, I'm excited to learn there will be some new options in 2009.

The Star recently reported that the Indianapolis City Market is looking to open a year-round farmers market. The downtown market will open May 6 and will move indoors in October, when it usually closes. That would make the third winter's market in Indianapolis; the other two being the Indianapolis Winter Market and the Traders Point Winter Market, which is organic.

Other recent headlines state that markets are opening:
  • In Morgan County: on the north side of the Morgan County Courthouse. The market is expected to open at 8 a.m. Saturdays beginning May 30 and will run through the first Saturday in October, according to the Reporter-Times.
  • In Hendricks County: The Star also reports that Chateau Thomas Winery, just off of I-70, will open a market on May 7. It will run 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

I'll have a rundown of area farmers market start dates soon.


Daphne said...

You are so lucky. We have no year round farmer's market. Our open In June and close sometime in October. It would be nice to be able to buy some things locally even in the winter. I try to store up things like squash a cabbage, but just don't have the room for a winter's worth.

Robbie said...

Daphne, start asking about it! It's been only in the last couple of years that we had any winter market. Start planting the seeds now in your vendor's minds and maybe something will happen!

Even if your area can't support a winter market, maybe you can partner with some of the market vendors and a church/social organization to do an occasional market or pre-Thanksgiving or Christmas farmer's market.