Farmers’ Markets Benefit the Local Community
Jun 02, 2013 08:53PM
Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all the opportunities to shop local farmers’ markets. Throughout Central Indiana, there are over 20 markets offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and other locally produced food and craft items.
Some of the many outstanding area market choices include the Statehouse Market at the downtown Indiana Government Center Campus on Thursdays through early October, featuring a Farmers’ Market with Food Trucks. The Carmel Farmers’ Market on Saturdays at the Palladium in Carmel encourages shoppers to bike to the market, a short distance from the 5.2-mile Monon Greenway Trail; and all items sold at the Morgan County Farmers’ Markets, held on Wednesdays in Mooresville and Saturdays in Martinsville, are produced in Indiana.
Indiana has been an agricultural hub for decades with a large family of farmers and producers. There are many benefits to visiting your local farmers’ markets this season including supporting local farmers and keeping money spent within the community. Locally grown food is often considered to have added health benefits—freshly picked ripe food is at its peak in flavor and nutrition.
Many markets offer lesser known fruits and vegetables, providing a variety that can revitalize your daily menu. The farmers and artisans selling their goods often provide tips on preparing and using their products. Take the opportunity to get your kids involved, learn more about where your food comes from and catch up with friends and neighbors while stocking up with local goods.