Although the Westfield City Market concluded in August, customers will soon have an opportunity to purchase fresh produce and more at Mumkin’s Market, 2907 W. Ind. 32.
Christina Hodgeson purchased the 3-acre property in Jolietville last year sight unseen. Initially meant to be an office for her house-flipping company, Property Facelift, LLC., the acreage became something else entirely.
“I was just showed a picture of the house. I didn’t see it,” the Carmel resident said. “At one point, it was a produce market for a long time. He did a great job, but the man passed away.”
After the property was a produce market, it degraded. Hodgeson said when she and her family first drove by the house, they couldn’t get past the entrance of the driveway because of the wood and tras, including abandoned cars, littering the property.
“Whoever had it in the time it was lost from the original owner was using it as a dump ground,” she said.
Hodgeson decided to clean up the property and turn it into a farmers market along Ind. 32. In total, the trash filled 12 dumpsters and 21 semi-dumpsters.
Hodgeson took on the project to inspire her two daughters, Lily, 10, and Eva, 6. She wanted to show them she could turn a dream into reality. Hodgeson has placed her house-flipping business on hold so she can focus solely on opening the market.
“It’s all money I’ve saved on my own. I really wanted to do this to teach my daughters that you can take on something like this. This has been my venture with the girls,” she said. “People are always honking at us and saying it’s looking good because it’s been an eyesore for a very long time.”
To emphasize family, Hodgeson derived the name Mumkin’s by combining the British expression for mom, “mum,” with the beginning of the word “kinfolk. Ironically, the market also will sell mums and pumpkins.
Other products to be offered include fresh Amish produce, old-fashioned candies, coffee, specialty soaps, specialty barbeque sauces, jellies and jams, local honey, breads and more.
The market opened Oct. 3. Hodgeson is considering making the market a year-round endeavor.
For more, visit mumkinsmarket.com.