Monumental Marketplace showcases Indiana agriculture and local businesses

Individuals check out some of the handmade items for sale by a Hoosier business during Indiana Grown’s third annual Monumental Marketplace in downtown Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — During the third annual Indiana Grown Monumental Marketplace, representatives from Hoosier businesses all over the state came to showcase and sell their products on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

Heather Tallman, director for Indiana Grown, said nearly 120 Indiana businesses during the recent marketplace set up shop throughout the entire circle offering a wide range of products from hand-breaded tenderloins to Indiana wine.

“We had some fun additions this year. Indiana Dairy was here with their exercise bike that is a smoothie maker,” she said.

Tallman said there also were several vendors selling popcorn, ice cream and other sweet treats.

“We have already had a lot of positive feedback from our vendors. People like the opportunity to reach out to a different audience,” she said.

The director of Indiana Grown said the Monumental Marketplace this year also didn’t just feature businesses from around the Indianapolis area.

“We have business owners from Chesterton, Evansville and Princeton here,” she said.

Tallman said the vendor from Chesterton brought a real weaving loom with her.

“She has a loom and was weaving with natural Indiana fibers and yarns,” she said.

Tallman said the marketplace offers attendees a slice of the products Indiana Grown members have to offer.

Tallman said the whole goal behind Monumental Marketplace is to educate, feed and offer a wide variety of Indiana products to Hoosiers.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.


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