Local Community Welcomes the Return of the Noblesville Farmers Market
Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing
It’s May, and that means the Noblesville Farmers Market is back. The market leaders have secured 94 vendors for this season. This includes new produce vendors, local meat vendors (beef, pork and chicken), as well as coffee, handmade jewelry and art.
“We have everything you can think of, honestly,” says Maggie Williams, market manager. “I love the variety.”
Megan Hess and Gina Long with Simply Flowers have been vendors at the Noblesville Farmers Market for more than a decade. They sell freshly cut flowers and beautifully crafted bouquets in vases.
“Our favorite part of the market is interacting with loyal customers and finding out what they’re going to do with the bouquet they’ve purchased,” Hess says.
On select Saturdays the market also offers yoga classes, free dance classes for kids, and live music from an array of musicians. Check social media pages for a full calendar.
Also returning is Kids Day, when children create a product, set up a table and sell their product, giving them both marketing and sales transaction experience.
“We love to encourage kids to develop and practice entrepreneurial skills, and it’s neat to see what they come up with,” says Kate Baker, executive director of Noblesville Main Street. Kids Day is so impactful that market leaders decided to have three of them this season. Community First Bank of Indiana is partnering with Noblesville Main Street again to be the title sponsor for all three Kids Day events at the Market.
“Three Kids Days, to make space for all of the young entrepreneurs, is proof that these days are meaningful to the community as interest seems to grow each year,” says Lainey Schroer, associate vice president and marketing/communications manager of Community First Bank. “It’s been fun to see some of the same entrepreneurs out there year after year. At Community First, our team of local bankers is building relationships with business owners each day, and this is a way for us to encourage and support the next generation of future business leaders.”
“I always say we are so much more than a Farmers Market,” Baker adds. “We encourage all these different ways to experience community.”
Despite the construction of condos around Federal Hill Commons, the footprint of the market hasn’t changed.
“When you drive by, there’s a lot of dirt and machines so it’s easy to be concerned that it will be messed up, but truly the construction is centered only in the parking lot so Federal Hill Commons gets to remain the home base of the Farmers Market, which is great because it’s such a beautiful setting,” says Baker, noting that the layout for the market will also remain the same, with vendors in the plaza area and throughout the green space in front of the stage.
“The cool thing about having the green space in the middle is that families can plop down with a blanket and picnic and just hang out,” Williams says. This includes pooches too, as this is one of the few area markets that allows dogs. They even have vendors that sell canine goodies.
“We have such wonderful vendors,” Baker says. “We can coordinate all day, but without vendors we are nothing. They are the heartbeat of this market.”
The Noblesville Farmers Market runs on 24 consecutive Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon, from May 7 to October 15. Federal Hill Commons is located at 175 Logan Street in Noblesville. For more information, visit noblesvillemainstreet.org.