Eat a fresh lunch and shop for a healthier dinner at the Statehouse Maket, now open on Thursdays from 10:30am to 1:30pm through October 4. The market takes place on Robert D. Orr Plaza (in between West St and Senate Ave to the east and west, Washington St. is to the south, Ohio St. to the north). For more information on the market or to become a vendor, visit http://www.in.gov/spd/2737.htm .
Never been to a farmer’s market before or want to know how to make the most of your trip? Follow these tips to make your trip easy and convenient.
1. Bring Your Own Bags & Baskets
Many vendors don’t supply or choose not to supply customers with disposable bags. Bringing your own bags cuts down on cost and waste.
2. Bring a Cooler
The Statehouse Market plans to host more than just fruit and vegetable farmers. You may find meats, milk, cheese, yogurt or other items that require refrigeration. By bringing a cooler, you can keep fresh foods cold until you head home at the end of the day.
3. Bring Cash and Small Bills
Most vendors accept cash only. Avoid needing much change by paying in small bills.
4. Know the Crop Calendar
Check out the ISDA Farmers’ Market Seasonal Chart to see what is in season when. Buy fresh, buy local and buy in season.
5. Think “Whole Foods”
Remember, most food comes to the farmers market without being processed first. Carrots come whole and unpeeled. Corn is sold in the husk. Just-harvested produce may take some additional care, but the superior flavor is worth the effort.
6. Get Advice
If you find a new vegetable you want to try, ask the farmer how to prepare it. For the best tips specifically ask how they like to eat it.