There are many things about summer in Indiana that I love, and high on that list is fresh produce. Indiana-grown fruits and vegetables are second to none, and our local farmers markets allow me to get them when they're in season and at their most delicious.
However, Hendricks County farmers markets offer so much more than produce. There's farm-raised meat and dairy, handmade items, and, best of all, a chance to connect with both the farmers that grow our food and others in the community.
Where can you go for tasty, farm-fresh delicacies? Hendricks County offers many excellent options:
Danville Farmers Market
The first of our farmers markets to open each year, the Danville's Farmers Market operates every Saturday morning beginning this Saturday through Sept. 7 on the west side of the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square. From 8 a.m. to noon, you can enjoy the scenic square while discovering local treasures like fruits and vegetables, meat and eggs, local honey, handmade soaps, kettle corn and MUCH more.
I highly recommend shopping the market and then stopping at Red's Donuts for a sweet treat before you leave.
Avon Farmers Market
The Avon Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. June through August in the south parking lot of the Hendricks Regional Health along U.S. 36 just east of Dan Jones Road.
In addition to delicious local produce, you can find food vendors and a kid's zone. It's a great spot for a family night out.
Brownsburg Farmers Market
The Brownsburg Farmers Market is the perfect spot to spend a summer evening. Every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., local vendors gather at Brownsburg Town Hall.
The market runs June 6 through Sept. 5, and with more than 40 vendors you'll find everything from egg rolls to handmade ice cream. Of course, live music and lots of fresh produce remain a staple every week as does a Kid's Club, where little ones can do fun activities.
This is one event you don't want to miss.
Plainfield Farmers Market
Plainfield has another excellent farmers market, operating every Wednesday June through Sept. 4 at Plainfield Friends Church along U.S. 40.
The Plainfield Farmers Market hosts about 30 vendors offering local produce and handmade crafts. This market often has live entertainment and kids' activities as well.
Pittsboro Farmers Market
The Pittsboro Farmers Market will start up again July 10 in a new location this year, the Pittsboro United Methodist Church, 227 E. Main St. Held every Wednesday evening in July, August and September, local vendors will offer local produce and foods to the community.
This market was started in 2010 by local residents, and continues to grow and offer more items. The market operates from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Belleville Farm Market
Open April through October, this family-owned market in Clayton sells locally grown plants, produce, honey, jams and more. The Belleville Farm Market is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 1882 E. U.S. 40. Along with your produce, I highly recommend taking home some Amish Country Popcorn. You won't regret it!
As you can see, there's no shortage of locations to find excellent farm-fresh food. Take some time this year to discover just how yummy summer in Hendricks County can be!