Last week I was on vacation in Vermont – again – and I was again struck by what they’ve got going on that I want so badly to see take root here in Noblesville. There are multitudes of village stores where you can buy local food, there are recycling bins all over the place and there are community bulletin boards for everything from local events to job postings to for-sale listings, not to mention the tidy community gardens dotting the landscape. Sometimes, all of these amenities are located within the very same block. It’s so lovely and magical, and I sigh and wonder, ‘Why can’t we have that, too?’
I’ve been talking about starting up a small farmers market on the square for, oh, a couple years now. My vision is simple: to have another venue for farmers to share their hard work and another venue for consumers to come buy food that’s fresh and local. Yes, I know we have farmers markets already, but the problem as I see it is that is they are all on the same day and all at the same time. Four hours per week in the busy summertime doesn’t leave much room for error in shopping local for food. And if you can’t make it Saturday morning? Well, you’re out of luck.
I want to see a small market within walking distance of downtown on a weeknight, with only local food and a charm and ambience you can only find in those tiny markets – just like they have in Vermont.
So my problem – again – is lack of time. I have people willing to help, but none of us can head it up. Shoot me a message if you’re feeling compelled to help bring a weekday farmers market to downtown Noblesville, and let’s see what magic we can make happen.