Farm Fresh – Towne Post Network
Carmel Farmers Market returns this summer
Screenwriter / Megan Arszman
Kicking off its 24th year, the Carmel Farmers Market will run on Saturdays until the last weekend in September.
“We’re on a mission to bring the best fresh, healthy, and safe foods grown locally by Indiana farmers to the people of Carmel and the North,” says Ron Carter, president of Carmel Farmers Markets. “We ensure that all of our suppliers are from Indiana and that the products are grown and/or manufactured in Indiana. »
It started with just eight full-time providers and has grown to now offer 72 full-time providers in Carter Green. The location, which is on the Carmel campus‘s Center for the Performing Arts, was designed to accommodate many outdoor events, including the market. Each space, which measures 20’x20′, has its own electrical connection and allows vendors to park their vehicles easily in their place.
“The supply chain from our suppliers to our market is very short compared to the supermarket,” says Carter. “We know that the average food prepared or produced by our vendors comes from 26 miles from the market. The average commute for supermarket food is 1,500 miles.
To ensure the validity of their desire to offer only Indiana products, Carter says the Carmel Farmers Market is unique in that it includes a committee that visits vendors on their farms to ensure that they have the space to grow what they‘resell on the market and that they produce in a certified commercial kitchen.
“we don‘We do not allow any homemade products in our marketplace, only those made in a certified commercial kitchen,” Carter says. “Certified commercial kitchens mean they have been inspected and certified by the county health department, ensuring food safety and quality.
Live music will be presented every Saturday in the pavilion. Volunteers are available at each entrance to help shoppers find what they‘re research when entering the market. Families are invited to relax in the lounge area.
The market is known for the variety of vendors to suit all tastes. As always, new vendors will feature items that are hard to find in typical grocery stores. These vendors include Greenfield-based American Dream Nut Butter, as well as a vendor that sells vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free spreads.
The 2021 market saw more than 110,000 visitors, and Carter hopes to welcome even more this year. “We‘We’re all – and I mean all the volunteers – very, very excited about the Farmers’ Market this year,” says Carter.
Visit the Carmel Farmers Market every Saturday through September from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visit the official website for parking information and a full schedule of events at carmelfarmersmarket.com.