Buy Local at the Original Farmers Market
One of the best parts about this time of year in the southside area of Indianapolis is when the Original Farmers Market begins its season. When the Indianapolis City Market opened last Wednesday after a long winter, residents rushed quickly to stroll along East Market Street. There are obvious reasons why locals attend this festive outdoor bazaar, but there are also some things that may not be as apparent. Here are some tidbits that might get missed on a trip to the market:
This year there are 55 booths, an increase of 7 from last time, demonstrating that locals are becoming more in touch with their community by getting their hard work goods out to share. Most of the vendors do not take credit cards, so bring your cash.
When its spring time, herbs aren’t growing to their full potential. Find Dixie cup containers of fresh cilantro, peppermint and other herbs for sale. In the next month or two the greens will be flourishing and ready to be harvested for shoppers. Also, produce can be limited. So – keep in mind that there are plenty of baked goods to be bought. Delicious, homemade pies and cookies are a good reason to make the stop at the Original Farmers Market. Coming soon: strawberries, rhubarb, apples, pumpkins, gourds, and blackberries.
Get to the market early for the freshest breads. Amelia’s bakery is famous for their Focaccia bread and it does sell out by noon. Loaves are available for $6.50 each, making them a great value for your next meal. Visit the bakery at 653 Virginia Avenue, just a short mile away from the market.
Find non-edible items at the market. Professional woodworkers carve all sorts of furniture, as well as household items. A cutting board the shape of Indiana is going to be a huge hit this year. Made by Kitchenware, pick one up this weekend to add some interesting pieces to your kitchen.
Try buying fresh and local this year at the Indianapolis farmers market. They are open every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. – rain or shine. Go to 222 East Market Street and park. Since it is open in the middle of the week, the parking situation isn’t bad. Just remember to get there early to make the best selections for your meal plans.