By Heather Collins
The Carmel Winter Market will still be filled with locally grown food, seasonal treats and specialty items. But this year, the market will move to a new location and start earlier in the season.
Ron Carter, president of the Carmel Farmers Market, said the changes were prompted by growth and the community’s desire for a more centralized location for the market.
The market will move from Founder’s Park to what has been dubbed “The Wire Factory, the former home of Woods Wire, 510 3rd Ave SW. The new site is three blocks north of the Center Green, home of the summer market. The new site will allow the market to double the number of vendors.
Vendors new to the winter market include The Walking Waffle, Dandy Breeze Creamery, Circle City Sweets, Old Major, Circle City Kombucha, Café Baby to Go, Red Frazier Bison and Guacamole and More.
The market will begin two weeks earlier on Oct. 21 and run through Feb. 24. It will be closed Dec. 23 and 30. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The market features a wide array of items that are hand-picked by the all-volunteer committee, including gifts, chocolate, casseroles, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas hams, soups and seasonal items, including greenery from Wild Flower Farms.
The Indiana Design Center and The Residences at the Carmel City Center are new sponsors of the market.
Carter said PedCor President Bruce Cordingley and his company helped bring the farmers market to the community at its new site.
The committee is searching for volunteers to assist with the market. For information, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.