In the (farmers) market for good T-shirt ideas


By Heather Lusk

Witty food puns have been the trademark of Zionsville Farmers Market T-shirts. Now, organizers are asking the public to create a design in an inaugural contest for the market.

The Farmers Market is looking for T-shirt ideas to add to its collection. (Submitted photo)

Although food and humor have been the basis of previous shirts, submitted ideas can have any perspective.

“If it embraces Zionsville, we don’t have anything like that,” said Sara Martini, Zionsville Farmers Market market master.

Martini she said the shirts can be targeted to adults, children or both. There are more than a dozen shirt designs for sale. Many others have been retired through the years. Martini said some of the less popular designs will be retired.

“We’re trying to scale back and have a more limited selection,” she said.

Generally, one new T-shirt design has been added every year.

Shirt designs have previously been suggested by volunteers. Selling T-shirts was started almost a decade ago by the Zionsville Farmers Market board to raise funds for advertising and promote events like strawberry shortcake day and free giveaways for National Farmers Market Week.

Current T-shirt witticisms focus on food, such as “Give Peas a Chance,” “Cool Beans,” “The Beet Goes On” and “The Age of Asparagus.”

Ideas will be accepted until May 1. They can be submitted by emailing a sketch or design to All ages are invited to submit designs. Submissions will be judged by the board of the Zionsville Farmers Market.

The winning shirt design will be sold at the first market of the year May 19. The winner will receive a free T-shirt with their design.

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