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Indy farmers markets: five new facts for 2014

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May welcomes farmers’ market season in Marion County. Spring is about newness and rebirth. What better way to a new you than to eat fresh, locally picked, seasonal produce while supporting the local farm-to-table economy? Before you grab your reusable bag and bike to your local market, here are five new facts to know.

1. Location changes

A few markets have new locations for the 2014 farmers’ market season including Binford Farmers Market now located at Lawrence North High School and Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market now located at Indy Humane Society. No worries, puppies are still welcome at both.

2. New farmers' markets

Farm-to-table is gaining popularity in Indianapolis. Marion County welcomes two new farmers’ markets this summer season. The Farmers Market at JCC runs on Sundays beginning in June. This will be the first kosher farmers’ market in the Circle City. The Old National Centre Farmer’s Market operates on Fridays beginning May 9.

3. Fresh Bucks

A new SNAP Fresh Bucks “double up” program is now at select Indianapolis farmers’ markets across the Circle City including Binford Farmers Market, Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market, Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market and The Original Farmers’ Market. Patrons participating in the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can visit the market manager table, swipe their Hoosier Works card, and double up to $20 of SNAP with Fresh Bucks each week.

4. Buy Two, Give One

Indy Hunger Network hosts its first on-site farmers’ market food donation basket at The Original Farmers’ Market. Market goers can purchase a bunch of kale for their family and another bunch for our friends at Wheeler Mission. Drop off donations of local produce, bread, meat, or dairy at the “Buy Two, Give One” table near The Indianapolis City Market main entrance. Volunteers from The Glean Team transport items to Wheeler Mission.

5. Every day of the week is fine

Well, almost. Farm-to-table shopping is easy! Farmers’ markets operate every day of the week—or weekend—except Monday. Hey, even farmers deserve a day of rest. Shop local and support the Indiana economy at one of the fifteen Marion County farmers’ markets this summer. Your stomach, wallet and Hoosier farmer will thank you.

New locations for two farmers' markets
New locations for two farmers' markets Christina M. McDougall. June 2013.

New locations for two farmers' markets

Cute puppies are bountiful at Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market now located at Indy Humane Society. 7929 N. Michigan Rd. Wednesdays, 4-6:30pm May-October

New farmers' markets popping up
New farmers' markets popping up Christina M. McDougall. October 2012.

New farmers' markets popping up

Old National Centre is hosting one of Indianapolis’ newest farmers’ markets. Both parking and the market are located behind the building via the Alabama Street entrance.

Fresh Bucks at select markets
Fresh Bucks at select markets Christina M. McDougall. October 2013.

Fresh Bucks at select markets

SNAP patrons can double purchasing power up to $20 on eligible items with Fresh Bucks at Binford Farmers Market, Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market, Crooked Creek Farmers’ Market and The Original Farmers’ Market

Buy Two, Give One program launches
Buy Two, Give One program launches Image courtesy of Indianapolis City Market. April 2014.

Buy Two, Give One program launches

The Buy Two, Give One program promotes local food donations from Original Farmers’ Market shoppers to local food pantry patrons. Drop off donations at the Grand Hall market manager table.

A market a day
A market a day Christina M. McDougall. June 2013.

A market a day

Two happy sheep graze at Sumac Grove Farm in Greenfield. Their spun wool and wool products are available at the Indy Winter Farmers Market or directly from the farm.

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