by Rob Gaston, October 27th, 2016

While we have had some unseasonably warm days lately, it’s getting colder outside and consequently the season for outdoor farmers markets is wrapping up. But does that mean you can’t buy food from local producers for the rest of the year? It certainly doesn’t! In this post we’ll tell you about the winter markets that happen in central Indiana, and all the markets you can go out and support before they close up until next summer.

This weekend is the last for the newly created Garfield Park Farmers Market. Attendance and support for the market has been even better than anticipated for this first year, and the organizers are already planning for a bigger and better 2017 season. For this last market there will be as many-if not more-vendors than usual, and a kids vs pets costume contest. Come check out the fun, and grab a waffle or breakfast burrito while you are there.

Before the Garfield Market started, I was a regular at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market and the Market at Hague. The Hague Market has one more weekend left as well, so get out there and support those vendors if you’re in the area! If you’ve been to the Broad Ripple Market, you know how popular it is, so popular in fact that it runs for the next few weeks until Thanksgiving. Bundle up and shop local in November.

A shopper at the Market at Hague examines an impressive stalk of brussel sprouts.

However, another option for Indy that starts in November is the Indy Winter Farmers Market. They moved locations last year to the Circle City Industrial Complex, and are excited this year to be located next to a new interior parking lot on the south side of the building. A cool part of that market is the student cooking club that will be doing monthly demos and tastings. Also starting in November is the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms. During the warm months this market takes place outdoors on Friday evenings, but starting the first Saturday in November, the market will move indoors and take place on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12:30pm. That’s two great winter markets to take advantage of just in Indy!

Some of the beautiful produce available at the Broad Ripple Market recently

Please forgive the tag line-but wait, there’s more! Coming back for a second season is the Broad Ripple Winter Market, taking place at Bent Rail Brewery. If you didn’t stop by, this was a fun market at a cool location and they are excited for new vendors this year. Three additional Indiana growers will be offering produce along with all the cheese, bread, and other items for sale. As a bonus you can order brunch from the Bent Rail menu and do your shopping all while staying warm inside. This market begins on December 3rd so make sure to mark your calendars!

You can definitely shop for local food year round here in Indiana, and we’ve only shown you some of the markets taking place in the central region. There are many more, as well as the shops like Wildwood Market, R2GO, and Goose the Market that continue to sell local food all year. While we may miss the warmer weather, we don’t have to miss out on local foods this winter!

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