Noblesville Farmers Market – Towne Post Network
Local community hails return of Noblesville Farmers Market
Screenwriter / Christy Heitger-Ewing
It’s May, and that means the Noblesville Farmers’ Market is back. Market leaders have secured 94 vendors for this season. This includes new produce vendors, local meat vendors (beef, pork, and chicken), as well as coffee, handmade jewelry, and art.
“Honestly, we have everything you can think of,” says Market Manager Maggie Williams. “I like variety.”
Megan Hess and Gina Long of Simply Flowers have been vendors at Noblesville Farmers Market for over a decade. They sell fresh cut flowers and beautifully made bouquets in vases.
“Our favorite part of the marketplace is interacting with loyal customers and finding out what they’re going to do with the bouquet they’ve purchased,” says Hess.
On select Saturdays, the market also offers yoga classes, free dance lessons for kids, and live music with an array of musicians. Check the social media pages for a full schedule.
Kids Day is also back, when kids create a product, set up a table, and sell their product, giving them both marketing and sales transaction experience.
“We love encouraging kids to develop and practice entrepreneurial skills, and it’s great to see what they come up with,” says Kate Baker, Executive Director of Noblesville Main Street. The Kids Day has such an impact that market leaders have decided to organize three this season. Community First Bank of Indiana is once again partnering with Noblesville Main Street to be the title sponsor of all three Children’s Day at the Market events.
“Three Kids Days, to make room for all young entrepreneurs, is proof that these days are meaningful to the community, as interest seems to grow every year,” says Lainey Schroer, Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer/ Communication from Community First Bank. . “It was fun to see some of the same entrepreneurs there year after year. At Community First, our team of local bankers builds relationships with business owners every day, and it’s one way we encourage and support the next generation of future business leaders.
“I always say we’re so much more than a farmers market,” adds Baker. “We encourage all of these different ways of experiencing community.”
Despite the construction of condos around Federal Hill Commons, the market footprint has not changed.
“As you pass by there’s a lot of dirt and machinery so it’s easy to worry about it getting messed up, but the construction is really just centered around the parking lot, so Federal Hill Commons remains the port of attaches farmers. The market, which is great because it’s such a beautiful setting,” says Baker, noting that the layout of the market will also remain the same, with vendors in the square and throughout the green space in front of the stage.
“The cool thing about having the green space in the middle is that families can lay down with a blanket and a picnic and just hang out,” Williams says. This also includes pooches, as this is one of the few markets in the area that allows dogs. They even have vendors selling canine treats.
“We have wonderful salespeople,” says Baker. “We can coordinate all day, but without suppliers we are nothing. They are the heart of this market.
The Noblesville Farmers Market runs 24 consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, May 7 through October 15. Federal Hill Commons is located at 175 Logan Street in Noblesville. For more information, visit noblesvillemainstreet.org.