CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. — At the intersection of longstanding
agricultural heritage and fresh food is the Huddleston Farmhouse, home to the
second annual farmers market that will open for the season June 1.
The Huddleston Farmhouse may be new to the farmers market
business, but its roots in agricultural reach far back into the early 1800s,
when the Huddleston family grew its own food along what now is the National Road
Today, the historic landmark hosts a farmers market in its
lawn on Saturdays from June through September.
“One of the main components of our mission is to reconnect
folks with their heritage,” said Joe Frost, community preservation specialist
for Indiana Landmarks eastern regional office. “Through this historic site, we
are able to do that.”
Frost said that the property makes for a unique farmers
“I think the biggest difference between here and other
farmers markets is that it’s located on a historic site,” he said. “Generally,
you see them on a downtown street or in a parking lot. To have a farmers market
at a location that was historically a farm is helping with preservation of the
property and its heritage in agriculture.”
A variety of fresh foods will be sold throughout the season,
including produce, honey and bread. The market also will feature artwork from
Those looking for a quiet escape to the country will find
just that at Huddleston.
“The atmosphere is very neighborly,” Frost said. “Community
members become regulars because they need to stock up on their produce for the
week. Last summer, we established a regular following. But it was the first
year, so there is room to grow. We’d like to see more vendors and
This year, the property will offer a new feature — community
Indiana Landmarks will rent out plots to those interested in
growing their own fruits and vegetables. Frost said that the fee for renting a
plot is very low-cost.
“Our goal is to not only create farmers market vendors, but
to link the land back to the community and create that space,” he said. “A lot
of folks in the area have gardens because it’s rural, but the gardens in their
backyard don’t have enough space. Our goal with the farmers market and the
community gardens it to tie the site back to the community and make it a usable
Frost thinks that the experience of seeing food being grown
while browsing the market for produce to take home will create a welcoming
The Huddleston Farmhouse will be open for tours during the
hours of the farmers market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so families can learn about
the history of the area.
The road that the house is on frequented was by pioneers
heading west to seek new opportunities. The Huddleston family offered a
travelers kitchen in the basement, and oftentimes wagons would camp out in the
Frost said that families who live in nearby cities can
easily make a daytrip out to enjoy the market.
“Cambridge City is really growing,” he said. “There’s a
number of restaurants and cafes in Cambridge City, as well as nine antique
shops. A family could make a day out of coming from Indy or Dayton and visiting
the farmers market, the house and spending an afternoon antiquing in town.
There’s lots to do.”
Local growers interested in becoming a vendor should contact
Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org.