As nature continues to spring forth here in Indiana, families and communities continue to adapt to the limitations of social distancing. Fortunately, our local farmers markets are adapting as well. Several are set to open this Saturday, May 2nd, though they will look and feel a bit different than they have in the past. Some of the major changes are outlined below, as well as links to a few markets around the city. This blog post from the Broad Ripple Farmers Market lays out the new safety protocols in detail.
- Pre-order and pre-pay is recommended but not required. This will reduce your shopping time and help keep the crowds small. Click the link for your market to see if you can order and pay in advance.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The vendors and volunteers will probably be wearing masks. It is strongly encouraged that everyone wear a mask when out in public.
- Leave the dogs at home, and kids too if possible. You won’t see the usual live entertainment or kids activities as markets limit the number of people to enforce social distancing.
- Eat before you come – no more yummy food trucks, again to dissuade people from hanging out.
- And of course, if you’re not feeling well, have a friend shop for you so you can keep those germs to yourself and hopefully have a speedy recovery.
Indianapolis Farmers Markets opening Saturday, May 2nd:
- Binford Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Broad Ripple Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (New Location)
- Cumberland Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Drive through only)
- Garfield Park Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
You can also order directly from vendors and arrange to pick-up. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Indy’s Community Food Co Op: Local buying club
- Mad Farmers Collective: Southside of Indy
- Full Hand Farm: Pick up in Broad Ripple
- High Voltage Gardens: Northside pick-up 7 days a week
- Growing Places Indy: Winter farmers market vendor list with links to online ordering
- Market Wagon: Local produce delivered
Eat the rainbow, wash your hands, and be well!