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Carmel Farmers Market
During the winter, it is difficult to stumble across fresh produce. It is usually grown overseas or in a greenhouse. However, with winter in the rearview mirror, growing season is gearing up in Central Indiana. To help bring the farm to the table, many farmers markets have sprung up across the Northside. Carmel’s farmers market might be best of the bunch. Starting in just a few weeks and running through the summer, the Carmel Farmers Market is a must-see for anyone living in the Indianapolis area.
Carmel Farmers Market 2017
Carmel’s Farmers Market is just around the corner for Northsiders. In a little over a month, May 6th to be exact, the first session of the season will be held. From there on, the Carmel’s Farmers Market will be held every Saturday until the end of the season, which is Saturday, September 30th. Every session will start at 8:00am and end around 11:30am. Like always, Carmel Farmers Market is held at 5 Center Green, right in the heart of Downtown Carmel.
As of late March, there are over 60 different vendors that have signed up for the 2017 season. While farmers markets are generally known for their fresh produce, the Carmel Farmers Market has unusual offering like popcorn, barbeque and dog treats in addition to produce. A full list of vendors that have signed up for the 2017 season is available on the Carmel Famers Market website.
While most people certainly attend the Carmel Farmers Market to visit and make purchases from vendors, there are plenty of other attractions available to guests. For one, the Carmel Famers Market frequently has special musical acts. Additionally, there are cooking classes offered onsite throughout the season. The Carmel Farmers Market has not released information regarding the schedule for cooking classes or musical acts. Northsiders should check the website throughout the season to see what cooking classes and acts are planned for this year.
Parking for the Carmel Famers Market is free, and it is available in a nearby 600-car parking garage. This parking garage is within a short, 150-foot walking distance of the heart of the market.
The Carmel Farmers Market is one of the largest most-established events of its kind in Central Indiana, founded back in 1999. It is estimated to draw approximately 80,000 attendees each summer. Unfortunately, this number does not include pets because they are not allowed to visit the Carmel Farmers Market. The group made the tough decision way back in 2004 that pets should not be allowed to attend the farmers market for health, sanitation and safety reason. The Carmel Farmers Market relies on heavily on donations. For 2017, they received a large sponsorship from IU Health – North Hospital.