Winter farmers market wraps up, summer market planned

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Fishers may be conducting its last winter farmers market March 16, but it’s already gearing up for a summer market with new features.

“Overall, we have had a great season,” market manager Annabeth Stem said. “This is the third year we have done a winter market. Our attendance was pretty consistent with last year. Now, we are looking at ways to expand and improve it in the future.”

Stem said expansion plans may require a bigger venue to include more vendors. Typically, the winter market has between 20 and 25 vendors each week. The last market is set for 9 a.m. to noon March 16 at the Holland Park building, 1 Park Dr. The last market will be St. Patrick’s Day-themed.

With the winter market wrapping up, Stem is already planning for the summer market, which begins in May. The summer market runs from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr.

“We are running it all through October this year. The last few years it ended in September,” Stem said. “There’s still so much good fall produce and pumpkins and mums and apples and winter squash starting to come on in October. There’s still so much fun stuff, and people are looking for things to do in the fall, so we decided to go all the way through October.” 

Stem said several new initiatives and programs will be offered this summmer. Some include eliminating the use of plastic bags and encouraging marketgoers to bring their own reusable bags. Reusable bags also will be available at the market.

The market also will accept food stamps. Customers can bring in their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card and exchange it for tokens that can be used throughout the market.

Another new program offered on certain market days is an education tent for children to learn about planting, farming and healthy food choices. Also on certain market days, a nutritionist will give tours around the market and educate marketgoers on healthy food choices.

For more, visit playfishers.com.

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