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Summer Farmer’s Markets are back in the Circle City: Here’s 5 to visit this summer

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Original Farmers’ Market

Monument Circle

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Originally located at the Indianapolis City Market, the Original Farmers’ Market has been temporarily relocated to Monument Circle for the 2024 growing season. Open from May 1 through Oct. 2, new and returning vendors will be selling their goods to the public every week. The announced market lineup features returning businesses such as Flying Dirt Farm, a local flower farm that sells bouquets, and Kim’s Key Lime cookies, a gourmet cookie bakery. New to the market are vendors such as Moonlight Baking Co., a locally owned bake shop featuring hand-made sourdough breads.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to meet and connect with other vendors as well as customers. There is something so rewarding about seeing people enjoy the bread I put so much love into,” said Jen Dyess, founder of Moonlight Baking Co.

To see the full list of vendors and read more about the Original Farmer’s Market, visit www.indycm.com or swing by Monument Circle this summer to shop.

Broad Ripple Farmers Market

6001 N. Rural St.

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Operating year-round, the Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM) opens their outdoor market to the public starting in May. The market is open rain or shine for those looking to get their local grocery shopping done early. Located in the Glendale Town Center parking lot, BRFM encourages patrons to bring their (well-behaved) furry friends to join them as they sniff out their favorite produce. In addition to their pet-friendly policy, BRFM is also SNAP and Fresh Buck-friendly, offering to swipe customer EBT cards and hand out SNAP tokens. According to the BRFM website, SNAP tokens can be used like cash at the market, and for each token given out, SNAP customers can receive up to 20 Fresh Bucks to use on fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information about the BRFM, visit www.broadrippleindy.org/farmers-market.

Garfield Park Farmers Market

With a mission to support local, sustainable farmers and producers, the Garfield Park Farmers Market (GPFM) officially opens for the summer season May 4. From 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the GPFM sees a large crowd of families, pets, and vendors each Saturday morning in Garfield Park. A scenic market, the GPFM features nearly 70 vendors, ranging from pet products to honeys and syrups. To make it easy for those looking for one specific item or vendor to pop in quickly to find what they need, GPFM posts an extensive map of each week’s vendor locations to their Instagram account, @garfieldparkfarmersmarket. Once patrons are done browsing and listening to the live music performances, the Garfield Park Conservatory entry fee is $4 for anyone looking to embrace the horticultural energy the market brings each summer.

For more information, visit www.garfieldparkfarmersmarket.com.

Carmel Farmers Market

2 Carter Green, Carmel, IN

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Running for 26 years and averaging 110,000 attendees annually, the Carmel Farmers Market is one of the largest running markets in the city. One of the earliest markets on this list, the Carmel Farmers Market is for the early birds looking to browse local varieties of produce and hand-made goods. Located on Carmel’s Carter Green on the campus of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Palladium Concert Hall, the market requires all produce or agriculturally derived products to be Indiana-grown, and they do not allow products such as handmade crafts or art.

“We have lot of unique products that a lot of other markets don’t have,” said Susan Bock, market manager for the Carmel Farmers Market. “While we value the art community, we want the Carmel Farmers Market to be a place for people to get their fresh produce and groceries.”

In addition to their policy regarding produce, the prepared food at the market must come from a kitchen that is certified and inspected by the County Health Department. While pets are not welcome at this market, the Carmel Farmers Market encourages guests to take a break from their fur babies and enjoy music from artists and entertainers scheduled throughout the market season.

For more information about the Carmel Farmers Market visit www.carmelfarmersmarket.com.

SoBro Farmers Market

4902 N College Ave.

Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For those who can’t make the early morning markets, the SoBro market may be the perfect stop-and-shop for you. Located next to the Upland Brewing Co., almost all the vendors listed on their Instagram, @sobrofarmersmarket, can be found each week, but some will be doing pop-ups or rotating every other market. Another pet-friendly market, the SoBro market encourages guests to think about volunteering to help to maintain and expand their market each year. Volunteers arrive to help set up, count guests, answer and direct guest questions, and help with tear down as well. Additionally, the SoBro market also features musical guests for those looking to get their groove on after work.

For more information, check their Instagram page, @sobrofarmersmarket.

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