Gut Health: Get Back to Basics at Farmers’ Markets
When it comes to supporting good gut health, it’s important to get back to nature. And there’s no better way to get return to the basics than by knowing where your food comes from.
Eating fresh, non-processed foods help to clear out the ickiness of toxins that tend to build up in the digestive system and, locally, there are many opportunities to shop for locally grown produce and raised meats as Indy’s farmers’ market season is in full swing.
Here are a few markets to check out this summer:
Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market
The Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market offers the best in fresh, local produce, meats, eggs and artisanal foods. The market features more than 80 vendors and a variety of musical entertainment each weekend.
Location: Parking lot behind Broad Ripple High School, 115 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis.
When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through September; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, October through November.
For more information, visit BroadRippleIndy.org/event/farmers-markets/.
Cumberland Farmers’ Market
Established in 2004, the Cumberland market includes a variety of food and craft items, as well as musical entertainment.
Location: Cumberland Town Hall, 11501 East Washington St., Indianapolis.
When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through October.
For more information, visit HoosierHarvestCouncil.com/farmers-markets/cumberland-farmers-market.
Farm to Fork Chemical Free Market at Normandy Farms
Shop for produce and meat grown and raised organically with no artificial chemical ingredients. The market is producer-only as shoppers buy from the person that grew or raised the product personally. Most vendors’ items for purchase are certified organic or naturally grown.
Location: 7802 Marsh Rd., Indianapolis.
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays
For more information, visit FarmToForkMarket.org.
Fort Ben Farmers’ Market
Created as a platform for local growers and vendors, the Fort Ben Farmers’ Market offers a variety of fresh produce and farm products delivered to the market and sold by the grower. Shoppers can also enjoy and purchase crafts made by local artisans while checking out talented local musicians that regularly perform at the market.
Location: Civic Plaza, 9230 Memorial Park Dr., Lawrence.
When: 4 to 7 p.m., Thursdays through Oct. 3.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/FortBenFarmersMarket.
Garfield Park Farmers’ Market
Created to support local, sustainable farmers and producers while offering a gathering place for the community. Featuring more than two dozen vendors, shoppers can find delicious items offered by local favorites, including Flying Dirt Farm, Native Bread and Mad Farmers Collective.
Location: Garfield Park, near the tennis courts close to corner of Shelby St. and Eastern Southern Ave., Indianapolis.
When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays through October
For more information, visit GarfieldParkFarmersMarket.com.
Irvington Garden Club and Farmers’ Market
Established in 2000 and voted the #1 farmer’s market by Indy A-List voters in 2016, the Irvington market features a variety of more than 70 vendors offering items from fresh cut flowers, bouquets and perennial plants to fresh produce, fruits, meats and cheeses. Shoppers can also peruse crafts and jewelry fashioned by local artisans.
Location: Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. Saint Clair St., Indianapolis.
When: 12 to 3 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through October.
For more information, visit IrvingtonGardenClub.com/events/farmers-market.
North Church Farmers’ Market
Formerly known as the 38th and Meridian Street Farmers’ Market, visitors can shop nearly one dozen local vendors offering locally grown food, educational information and health screenings. As one of the city’s oldest farmers’ markets, the North Church Farmers’ Market also serves to foster community involvement and outreach.
Location: North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. first, third and fifth Thursdays through September. (Note: please check church calendar for specific dates.)
For more information, visit NorthChurchFarmersMarket.com.
Original Farmers’ Market at Indianapolis City Market
As the city’s oldest farmers’ market, the Original Farmers’ Market at Indy’s City Market offers shoppers the best in locally grown and raised fruits, vegetables, and meats, as well as cheeses and unique spices and herbs.
Location: Outside the City Market on Market St., between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis.
When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays through October
For more information, visit IndyCM.com/farmers-market.
Statehouse Farmers’ Market
The Statehouse Farmers’ Market offers a twist on the original market idea. Shoppers can check out a variety of locally grown and raised foods sold by local vendors. Those that are seeking a quick, healthy bite are invited to check out the fresh, healthy lunch and snack options served by top food trucks in the city.
Location: Robert D. Orr Plaza, 402 West Washington St., Indianapolis.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursdays
For more information, visit Facebook.com/StatehouseMarket.