The Noblesville Farmers Market will open next week at its new location at Federal Hill Commons.
The annual market, organized by Noblesville Main Street and offering fresh produce, local arts and crafts, baked goods, food vendors, live music and more, will open at 8 a.m. May 6 and run until noon each week through Oct. 14.
“The opening of the farmers market in our new home, Federal Hill Commons, is an exciting time,” said Chris Owens, CEO of Noblesville Main Street. “The City of Noblesville has sought our input from the start of planning this project, and we are happy to see activities begin and our community enjoy this amenity in downtown.”
New to the market this year, the Main Street hospitality tent is sponsored by Community Health Network and is the location for patrons using SNAP benefits and Fresh Bucks, a local initiative to combat food insecurity.
Fresh Bucks is a SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, which is double-up program that allows customers who pay with their EBT card to double their dollars, up to $20 a day, spent on fruits and vegetables. The Fresh Bucks program is a project of the Indy Hunger Network, a local nonprofit whose goal is to ensure that anyone who is hungry can access nutritious food.
“Federal Hill Commons is an urban park meant to be enjoyed by all and accessible via car, bike or on foot,” Noblesville Parks Director Brandon Bennett said. “We are happy to showcase new features to enhance the market experience, including a playground on-site along with dedicated seating, restroom facilities and more. We look forward to what our partnership with Noblesville Main Street will offer our community in collaborative events and festivals.”
With more than 80 vendors, the market is the oldest and largest in Hamilton County. It offers farm-fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, herbs, flowers, honey, spices, wine, jams, jellies and salsas. Locally handmade items include baked goods, soaps, jewelry, artwork, quality crafts and pet products.
The market’s food court offers breakfast and lunch choices and takeout items and snack food for those on the go. Tables and chairs also are provided for patrons to sit and visit while listening to live music.
In keeping with a market tradition that began several years ago, the first Saturday of every month, June through October, will feature a limited business showcase, giving local businesses the opportunity to engage and connect with patrons.
Noblesville Main Street also has planned special event days as part of the market. They include Kids Day June 24, a Health Fair July 22, Pie Day Aug. 12, Pet Day Sept. 23 and a chili cook-off Oct. 14.