Lots of Hoosiers living in Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region talk the talk when it comes to the environment. But buying fresh, organic produce, meat and other items from your local Farmers Market is one of the best ways to put your money where your mouth is, and really walk the walk.
Winter or summer, you can find fresh, organic produce in Indy and its environs. Oh, you might have to drive a little farther than going to your neighborhood supermarket. But there are many advantages to buying from your local Farmers Market:
1. You’re taking home natural produce, not that stuff at the grocery store that looks good but just doesn’t taste the same.
2. Whatever you buy at the Farmers Market will usually be free of pesticides, added chemicals and other harmful compounds. And you can talk to the farmer to find out how they grow their products.
|This video gives you an up-close look at the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market.|
3. When it comes to the food you put on your table, the number one component for taste and nutrition is its freshness. Unless you live on the farm or the ranch, you can’t get much fresher than your local Farmers Market.
4. Buying locally cuts off the fuel consumption of the big trucks that drive hundreds of miles just to give you supermarket convenience.
It’s not all about the environment, as you can see from the advantages on this list. But giving a thought to the health and future of the environment is a nice thing to do, and a very good thing to teach your Indiana children, too.
Special Farmers Markets in Central Indiana
|Fishers Saxony Market: Fun for the entire family, year-round, the Saxony Open-Air Market is located at Olio Road and 131st Street in Fishers, Indiana.
Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, all year
|Greenwood’s Waterman’s Farm Market: This market can be found at 7010 E. Raymond Street in Greenwood, Indiana on Highway 37. Lots of family fun and a popular Indianapolis festival.
Open every day from 8 am to 7 pm
|Indianapolis City Market: You’ll find this popular open-air market in downtown Indianapolis on Indy’s Market Street, between Alabama and Delaware.
Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm, November through April
Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 1 pm, May through October
|Indianapolis Winter Farmers’ Market: Shop indoors at Ohio and The Maxwell Building in the Circle City.
Saturdays from 9 am to 12:30 pm, November through April
|Zionsville Farmers Market: Visit the Green Market’s Big Red Barn at Trader’s Point Shopping Center in Zionsville, Indiana. During summer, you can even have dinner here.
Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon, November through April
Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm, May through October
(Don’t see a Farmers Market near you? There are many wonderful Seasonal Farmers Markets all over Central Indiana.)
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