Farmers’ Markets Return for New Season
Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy all the opportunities to shop local farmers’ markets. Throughout Central Indiana, there are over 30 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-long Monon Greenway Trail. All items sold at the Morgan County Farmers’ Markets, held on Wednesdays in Mooresville and Saturdays in Martinsville, are produced in Indiana, and all items sold at the Normandy Farms Farm-to-Fork Market on Friday evening and Saturday morning are pesticide-free or certified organic.
Indiana has been an agricultural hub for decades with a large family of farmers and producers. There are many benefits to visiting 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. For example, eating freshly picked produce means it is at its peak of flavor and nutrition when consumed.
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 on local goods.