When early-season vegetable sprouts start peeking through tilled fields across Indiana, the start of farmers’ market season at City Market is just around the corner. May through October, Market Street is blocked off each week to become a pedestrian celebration of all things fresh and tasty.
Now in its 22nd year, the Original Farmers’ Market has helped sustain the state’s food and farming community by providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms and local producers, many of whom count on farm-direct sales as their primary source of income.
Programs and Activities:
- Buy 2 Give 1
The food gleaning program Buy 2 Give 1, administered through the Original Farmers’ Market, encourages individuals to buy additional products for those who are in need of fresh, healthy products. All of the donations are made at the City Market tent (located in front of the City Market House’s Market Street doors) during the Original Farmers’ Market hours, and are delivered to one of three downtown homeless shelters to prepare healthy meals for those in need. Each year, thousands of pounds of produce are provided to those who need it most through the program; approximately 3,000 pounds of produce was gleaned throughout the 2018 Original Farmers’ Market season.
- Farmers' Market Music
During the Original Farmers’ Market, live entertainment can be found on The Sun King Stage, located on the City Market’s Whistler (West) Plaza, every farmers’ market day 11 am-1:30 pm.
Directions: Downtown Indianapolis on Market St. between Alabama and Delaware Sts.