INDIANAPOLIS — The Indy Winter Farmers Market is the perfect
place for individuals to visit to beat the doldrums of winter.
Once its doors open on Nov. 9, the market, which is located
in the west wing of the City Market Building in Indianapolis, will be open until
Molly Trueblood, the Indy Winter Farmers Market manager,
noted that around 40 vendors each Saturday during the market’s season will set
up shop, bringing with them produce, baked goods and jams.
When it comes to deciding which vendors will be permitted to
sell their goods at the market, priority is given to produce growers and those
individuals who have meat, dairy and cheese products, as well, she said.
“There will be lots of eggs, bread and baked goods,” she
said, adding that some of the booths also will offer nonfood items such as soap
The winter market, which will be in its sixth season this
year, was started because farmers needed a place to sell their produce that grew
during the colder months.
“It’s the only one that carries over between summer markets.
We try to be the bridge for vendors with lots of product,” Trueblood
On average, the manager mentioned, between 800 to 1,200
visitors come to the market every Saturday to purchase a variety of produce,
including leeks, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and even some jam.
Although there will not be any tomatoes or peppers for sale
since those are summer vegetables, Trueblood said some of the farmers that come
to the market have experimented with the way they plant and grow their produce,
whether by using hoop houses or row covers, so they will have a fresh supply of
vegetables for consumers.
Even though growers don’t have to be certified organic to be
vendors, she mentioned that when looking over applications, she tries to select
producers that follow good agricultural practices and believe in an environment