By Sam Elliott
With OneZone handing control of the Fishers farmers market over to the Parks and Recreation Dept. this year, the city is excited to be officially hosting the series of events beginning May 7 and recurring each Saturday through September.
Nearly 50 vendors will set up shop at 8 a.m. each Saturday and stay at late as noon. Historically, Parks and Recreation officials estimated the event has drawn crowds of 1,500 people per Saturday to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.
“But it’s still kind of a hidden market,” Parks and Recreation Director Tony Elliott said. “It has a lot of opportunities to grow. I think the commitment to the marketing and brand and messaging has really been seen and that will really benefit the vendors.”
But a new logo isn’t the only difference vendors and shoppers will see during this year’s farmers market season.
“May 7 is going to be our kickoff of the market and we’re doing a lot of new things this year,” Elliott said. “We’ll put live entertainment up on the stage during the farmers market just about every Saturday… We’ll have a number of special events, too. Strawberry Festival is June 4, Health and Wellness Day is June 18, Kids Day is July 16, Service Club Day is Aug. 6 and the final market is our Fall Harvest Festival on Sept. 24. It should be a really great year.”
The first 100 people at the farmers market each Saturday will receive a free reusable cloth shopping bag.