Since 2003, the Fishers Farmers Market has provided area residents with locally produced vegetables, meats, baked goods, honey and jams plus specialty items. This year, in response to COVID-19, steps were taken to ensure that customers are still able to purchase all the market has to offer, yet in a safe way. An online ordering system has been set in place for delivery as well as social distancing compliant procedures for attending the market in person.
“The safety of our customers and vendors is a top priority, and at this time we are taking the steps needed to operate our seasonal market in the safest way. We have taken note from other local and national markets that are following a similar plan,” explains Sarah Sandquist, Director of Parks and Recreation.
After a virtual start to the season that included ordering online and pickup for market goers, the market returns to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater for an in-person shopping experience starting this Saturday, May 23. Set in place are guidelines that include mandatory physical distancing and masks are encouraged for vendors and customers. Vendor booths will be safely spaced around the amphitheater and visitor capacity will be limited.
Pre-ordering and delivery options are still available as they were at the beginning of the season when the market was all virtual. Participants can register and create an account on the Fishers Farmers Market website by entering their contact and billing information. Then, products available can be viewed and selected to be placed in their online cart. Online ordering begins on Sundays at 9 a.m. and closes Wednesday at noon for delivery on the following Saturday.
“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from vendors and customers. Online ordering opened on Sunday, April 26 and we closed ahead of the Wednesday, noon cut-off because we sold out orders,” Sandquist says.
“The Fishers Farmers’ Market showcases vendors from Central Indiana that offer fresh produce, baked goods, honey, meats, cheeses, coffee, plants and more. Juried to the strictest standards, the market offers fresh, local foods direct from farmers and producers.”
This year’s market features both returning favorites and exciting new vendors. Popular bakers, such as The Bearded Baker and Gluten Free Options, are joined by Le Petit Gateau, a company that produces a variety of delectable scones. Coffee roasters Rose & Lois are selling Dark Side whole bean coffee and Julian Cold Brew. Their debut fits in perfectly with market veterans Indy Coffee Roasters and Java House Cold Brews. New purveyor Lindy’s Cookies is selling DIY Cookie Decorating Kits that are a perfect family activity.
Besides the expected organic meats, jams and other foodstuffs are products for pets and gardens. Gourmet dog treats are available from three different vendors. Many varieties of starter plants for families who will be gardening this year are being sold by VanAntwerps Farm Market.
To participate in the virtual Fishers Farmers Market experience or to learn more about social distancing guidelines for the in-person market, visit FishersFarmersMarket.LocalFoodMarketplace.com.