In the Traders Point area of Indianapolis, set back from the road and hidden between silos and barns you’ll find the wonderful Farm to Fork Farmers Market bustling with locals. Residing on the property owned by Normandy Farms, this quaint little market founded by Maria Smietana (the Market Master) is the only chemical-free farmers market in Indiana. Many of the vendors are certified organic or naturally grown and the products are made with your health in mind–forgoing the use of GMOs and artificial chemical inputs.
Maria explains that the market has generated a loyal customer base because the consumer doesn’t have to worry about any of the products that are for sale. At some farmers markets you can’t always trust that what you are paying for is actually organic or chemical-free. In order to sell at Farm to Fork, vendors have to be inspected and meet certain qualifications in order to set-up shop and this provides a worry-free atmosphere for customers.
Pet Lover’s Organic Bakery offers natural pet treats for your fluffy friends. They have many flavors to choose from and have just started selling salmon dog treats made from Salmon they get from Alaska. In business for eight years, this bakery continues to give part of their proceeds to the Indianapolis Humane Society.
Simple Taste offers a selection of fresh gluten, dairy, and yeast free bakery items. Owner Jenny Cleave will tell you all about her favorite muffins, cookies, and breads that are for sale.
Pick up some organic spices and dried veggies for a good price.
Maria will help you out if you’re looking for an organic, whole-grain bakery item. Valentine Hill Farm sells whole grain breads, English muffins,French baguettes, European style lemon pound cakes, ready-to-top pizza crusts, European spritz cookies, garlic crostini and brioche-style cinnamon rolls.
The Swiss Connection is the perfect place to pick up a unique cheese, 100% grass-fed beef, raw milk pet products and handmade soaps.
Some other vendors you might catch at Farm to Fork include:
Aspire Indiana Harvestland Farm
Borre Brothers’ Famous Fermented Vegetables
Countryside Orchard and Garden
End of the Trail Ranch
Full Circle Farm
Litterally Divine Toffee and Truffles
Ludwig’s Farmstead Creamery
Magnolia Mill Farm
Redwine Family Farms
Farm to Fork is open in the winter every Saturday morning from 9:00am to 12:30pm and in the summer the market is moved to Friday evenings. Don’t let the cold keep you away, all the vendors are kept inside a heated hoop house and hot coffee is for sale to keep you warm. Well-mannered pets are welcome if kept on a leash.
What: Farm to Form Farmers Market
When: Winter Market – Saturdays, 9:00am to 12:30pm, Summer Market – Friday evenings
Where: Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Rd) – 7802 Marsh Rd.