Last Wednesday, I visited the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. Now, some of you may be wondering how I visited the market during the week, when they’re usually open on Saturday. There’s a simple explanation: This year the Broad Ripple Farmers Market opened a Wednesday night market. On Wednesdays, the market is open 5 to 8 pm in the parking lot of Broad Ripple Park. On Saturdays, the market is open 8 to noon behind Broad Ripple High School.
As the organizers of the market explained to me, the Wednesday market is nice for those who work on weekends or for those who already have a jam-packed weekend of activities on their schedule. I would be in the latter category most weeks!
While the Wednesday market is a little smaller, they still have many of the same vendors. I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 Days in Paris cooking up crepes, and my daughter LOVED her chocolate ice cream from Traders Point Creamery. Of course, the market had many of the usual products you might expect at a farmers market like strawberries, cabbage, beans and fresh flowers. But they also had some unexpected items available too like tea, bird seed and kettle corn.
The Wednesday market was also very laid back. You could stop and talk to vendors. I asked Summer at the Sunny Creek Farm booth “What is that and how do you cook it,” and she patiently explained how you could season and sauté daylily blossoms. Who knew? I spoke with a number of shoppers too, as they perused the park with kids, dogs or both in tow.
I hope you’ll help me spread the word about the new Wednesday Broad Ripple Farmers Market. If you want a preview for the week, go to their website and click on the week’s e-newsletter to see exactly what products you can expect to find and which vendors should be at the market. They’re open rain or shine, now through September.
Where’s your favorite farmers’ market?