Eating fresh, local produce allows Hoosiers to financially support their communities while being mindful of healthy food options. This is easy in the spring and summer seasons when the warm sun and fresh flowers entice us to visit Indy’s many local farmer’s markets. However, when the weather gets chilly many people may think their options are limited, but that’s far from the truth. Indianapolis has a variety of distinct winter farmers markets, allowing shoppers to keep their shelves stocked with fresh and local goods every season. We put together a list of farmers markets you should shop this winter:
Indy Winter Farmers Market
Growing Places Indy Winter Farmers Market (IWFM) launched eleven years ago with the goal of fostering relationships between farmers and the local community. Providing access to locally grown food, the market has returned to Indy every Saturday through April 27, 2019, at the Circle City Industrial Complex from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The IWFM continues to be the only farmers market in the state to offer triple-match dollars for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ensuring the market is an accessible place to shop for all members of the community. The triple match program allows SNAP shoppers to use, for example, $20 of their benefits, to get an additional $40, for a total of $60 to spend at the market. Bring the whole family and shop some of the best in local produce farmers, unique baked goods, local meats, and much more. Also, enjoy breakfast in the cafe area, live music, and let the kiddies play in the Lil’ Sprouts area or join the by-donation community yoga class at 10 a.m. at Centerpoint Brewery (all donations from yoga benefit the triple SNAP matching program). Learn more at www.growingplacesindy.org.
The Broad Ripple Winter Market
From fruits and veggies to local wine and kombucha, you can find a little bit of everything at the Broad Ripple Winter Farmers Market. With more than 80 local vendors, the market is known for offering unique items including bison, salmon and homemade pet treats. The market opens Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Liter House German Restaurant and runs every Saturday through April 2019. For a full list of vendors, visit broadripplefarmersmarket.org/winter.
Fishers Winter Farmers’ Market
The Fishers Farmers’ Market hosts more than 20 Indiana-based vendors at its Winter Market that takes place every Saturday, through March 16, 2019, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Holland Park building. Visitors can shop cold weather crops such as carrots, squash, and greens, as well as greenhouse-grown vegetables and a wide variety of prepared foods. Learn more and see a full list of vendors at playfishers.com/188/Fishers-Farmers-Market.
Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market
Bloomington, Indiana residents can find local produce and other locally made products at the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market every Saturday, starting Dec. 1 – March 30, 2019, at the Harmony School Gymnasium from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In partnership with the Farm to Family Fund and the SNAP program, this market provides Bloomington residents with sustainably grown, and healthy food regardless of income level.
Learn more at bloomingtonwinterfarmersmarket.com.
The Carmel Winter Farmers Market
Carmel residents can shop some of their summer market favorites at the winter market. The Carmel Winter Farmers Market is open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. – noon, until March 30, 2019, at the Wire Factory – one of the oldest buildings in Carmel. Visitors can shop over 40 vendors, including French-inspired baked goods to meats, poultry, country-fresh eggs, to small batch jams and jellies in a warm, and cozy historical building.
For more information, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.
Keshia McEntire is a freelance writer residing in Indianapolis, IN. You may find her online at keshiamcentire.wordpress.com or on Twitter @keshiamc12.