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Indy Winter Farmers’ Market Moves to Near Eastside

The Indy Winter Farmers Market (IWFM) is moving from The Platform at City Market to the Maker’s Trail, Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), 1125 East Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis, on January 16.

The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) was constructed in the 1920s as the original home of the Schwitzer Corporation. The founder, Louis Schwitzer, was famous for winning the first race ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as pioneering automobile improvements to cooling systems, hydraulics and the development of the turbocharger.

When the corporation closed in the mid-1960s, part of the building was renovated as offices and artist studios. CCIC is now home to a variety of artists whose studios are open to the public every First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., multiple nonprofit organization offices, and local “makers”, such as New Day Meadery’s brewing operations.

Now in its eighth season, the goal of the IWFM is to provide a venue near downtown to directly connect farmers and producers to the community. It also fosters personal relationships in the exchange of fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, herbs and natural products, while promoting access to local, healthy and sustainably grown food for all, even those struggling with low incomes.

IWFM not only accepts SNAP benefits, but also offers a dollar-for-dollar matching program that doubles the purchasing power of SNAP dollars, allowing even more access to healthy, nutritious foods for struggling Hoosiers. As an added bonus to the move, market-goers will enjoy a large, free parking lot.

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