There are so many things I am looking forward to this summer in Hendricks County. I can't wait to take my daughter to Splash Island for some fun in the sun, I'm craving some ice cream from Wyliepalooza, and I love watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

But there is one thing I'm looking forward to the most -- the farmers markets.

Here are five reasons you should check out the five farmers markets in Hendricks County this summer:

Avon Farmers Market1. Healthy Food

Recently, I've been trying to cut out processed food and add more organic, natural foods to my diet, so I can't wait to start shopping at the local farmers markets for fresh produce, grass-fed meat, farm-fresh eggs and organic milk.

2. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

One of my favorite stops at the farmers market last year was Grandma's Oven. They have amazing sweet breads like pumpkin chocolate chip (my favorite) and banana bread, but they also sell sourdough bread, wheat bread and more. You can find Grandma's Oven at the Avon and Plainfield markets.

I am also excited to see that local restaurant favorite Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery will have a booth at the Avon Farmers Market in addition to its traditional spot at the Danville Farmers Market. And there are several other amazing dessert-oriented booths at each market, too.

Avon Farmers Market Candles3. Need a Gift?

There are tons of artists and crafters at each market selling unique items that make great gifts. One of my good friends just started a business called The Polka Dot Whale, and she will be selling the cutest handcrafted items, many that make great baby gifts, at the Brownsburg Farmers Market.

You can also find candles from Smoky Hollow Hots, dog treats and toys from 4 Paws Only, loose leaf teas from ADHTeas and more at the various markets!

And here's another idea: if you're in need of a bouquet of flowers, why not skip the the typical grocery store bouquet and get some unique flowers from Liberty Heritage Flowers?

4. Skip Cooking Dinner and Enjoy a Food Truck Meal Instead

This year, the Brownsburg Farmers Market will have three food trucks at the market every week, rotating a total of 15 different food trucks throughout the summer. I plan to take my family to the market, shop around a little, and then enjoy dinner from one of the food trucks.

Soul Sista, Pierogi Love and Whiskey Chicks are scheduled to be at the first farmers market on June 2. A full schedule can be found here. Chive Turkey will be at the Avon Farmers Market June 7, and Kick Stand makes a weekly appearance at the Plainfield market.

5. Enjoy Live Music and Fun Activities

Some of the farmers markets have live music every week that market-goers can enjoy while they shop. There are also tons of fun activities planned throughout the summer. For example, Brownsburg will have water balloon fights and a water sprinkler at the June 23 market and boxcar races on July 7.

When it comes to everything the farmers markets have to offer, I've only scratched the surface. So be sure to check them out for yourself this summer.

Avon Farmers Market

Every Tuesday June - September
4 to 7 PM
South Parking Lot Avon Hendricks Regional Health Building
8244 E. US 36 Avon
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Brownsburg Farmers Market

Every Thursday June 2 - September 8
4 to 7 PM
Brownsburg Town Hall
61 N. Green St. Brownsburg
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Danville Farmers Market

Every Saturday May 14 - September 3
8 AM to 1 PM
West of the Courthouse on Jefferson Street
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Pittsboro Farmers Market

Wednesdays in July and August
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Scamahorn Park
52 E. Main St. Pittsboro
 

Plainfield Farmers Market

Wednesdays June 1 - September 14
4 to 7 PM
Plainfield Friends Meeting Church 
105 S. East St. Plainfield
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