By Heather Lusk
New vendors and a new market master will usher in the Zionsville farmer’s market on May 14.
Forty-five vendors ranging from baked goods and produce to flowers and beef jerky will be a part of the weekly market running through Sept. 24.
Village resident Sara Martini was named the market master, coordinating the vendors, volunteers and activities for the day. She began volunteering last summer after moving to the area more than a year ago with husband, Phil.
“We moved here because we were drawn to the fact that we could walk to the farmer’s market,” she said. Through volunteering she discovered it was a great way to meet people in the community and to connect with the vendors and farmers.
“(Volunteering) is a great way to start the morning,” she said. “After you’re done you can shop and meet with neighbors.”
The farmers come from all over Indiana, some driving more than three hours to deliver their produce.
Dad’s Corn, Inga’s Popcorn, Klein Brothers Bakery and Dancing Donuts are among those returning. New to this year’s market are Rosie’s with baked goods, Trailhead Naturals offering vegan and gluten-free products, Indiana Craft Jerky, Liberation Roasting coffee and Sugar Bay Shrimp. The shrimp are raised locally in freshwater filtered tanks and will be brought fresh to the market each week. A full list can be found at zionsvillefarmersmarket.org.
The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is added to the market this year. Participating vendors will display a sign.
“Instead of women shopping at grocery stores, the money can go to farmers and it provides nutritious food to those families,” Martini said. Some vendors also accept Senior Vouchers.
A week after opening day, National Bike to the Market Day is May 21. June 4 is an opportunity to enjoy a free snack on Strawberry Shortcake Day. National Farmer’s Market Day is Aug. 13 and cooking demonstrations will take place on Sept. 13.