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 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.
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.