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It’s April, so that means it’s spring which might mean it’s almost summer here in the Midwest! We’re surrounded by some of the best farmland in the United States, so we have some great options for purchasing fresh produce and locally sourced goods. There are so many farmers’ markets in the Indianapolis area to choose from that you could visit a different one every week of the spring and summer and still not see them all. On all sides of the city, you’ll find a market full of local produce, treats, coffee, and more. Get your fix at one (or several) of these Indianapolis farmers’ markets this spring! As always, double-check each event before attending for any COVID-19 updates.
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Starting May 1st and running until October, The Original Farmers’ Market is perfect for the downtown dwellers or those who work downtown. Plus, if you’d rather visit on a weekday – this is a great option for you! Every Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., local growers are dedicated to providing you with fresh, quality food and local goods. This event also utilizes the Fresh Bucks program for those using SNAP benefits. You can also donate to the downtown homeless missions for healthy meals for those most in need throughout the season.
Located in the Glendale Town Center East Parking Lot (just East of Lowe’s), this farmers market only offers goods that are grown, raised, or produced in Indiana – except for salmon and lobster sold by some vendors. Plus, all the farmers in the market must use chemical-free growing practices. Starting in May, visit this Saturday market from 8 am – 12 pm.
This southside market takes place in one of the most beautiful parks in the city, and they’re approaching their 6th season! Occurring every Saturday, May-October, from 9 am – 12:30 pm, visitors can find various vendors selling baked goods, shrubs, vegetables, pet products, and so much more. Fun fact from their website: “In 2018, The GPFM was the first farmers market in the country to gain the “Slow Food Approved” designation, according to Slow Food USA. This means that every vendor adheres to the Slow Food Principles of being good, clean, and fair for all.“
Get your fresh fruits and vegetables at the Fort Benjamin Harrison Farmers Market every Thursday evening (from 4-7 pm) from June – October. This community event offers more than just local food and goods. You’ll also find free classes, live music, and activities for the kids.
If you’re looking for the same type of farmers market experience without ACTUALLY GOING to a farmers market, I’d highly suggest checking out Indy’s Food Co-Op. They offer delivery, plus pickup locations at various points around town and the surrounding suburbs. Shop a variety of fruit & veggie bundles, as well as baked goods, eggs, meat, personal care items, and more.
TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS: Which farmers market is your favorite? What do you like to buy at the farmers’ market? Anything special or just food?