The Original Farmers’ Market at Indianapolis City Market
Farmers and locals have united under the City Market roof for more than 150 years. Every Wednesday (May through October) from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the market offers open-air opportunities for shoppers to purchase local produce and the finest Indiana products like maple syrup, morel mushrooms and fresh-cut flowers. New in 2014, the market opens every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (June through August). Don’t forget the mouth-watering food to be found inside City Market’s walls.
Indy Winter Farmers Market (IWFM)
Get your farm fix in the off-season. Since 2008, the Indy Winter Farmers’ Market has provided Downtown residents with a direct source of local produce and goods during the winter months. Visitors will find items ranging from hydroponic greens to buffalo meat. Market hours run on Saturdays November – April from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
The Statehouse Market takes place at the Robert Orr Plaza outside of the Indiana Statehouse and Government Center from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays May through October. Enjoy great food from local vendors and several of Indianapolis’ top food trucks committed to serving healthy selections.
Garden on the Go®
Garden on the Go® is Indiana University Health's mobile produce program that was launched in 2011 to improve access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods in Marion County that do not have easy access to healthy foods otherwise. Set up in an indoor "farmers' market style," Garden on the Go® operates year-round, Monday-Friday, making 19 stops a week which include such Downtown locations as Lugar Tower, Goodwin and Indiana Avenue Apartments. Garden on the Go® provides shoppers with a wide variety of high quality, affordable produce-only items from local and regional sources and accepts SNAP/EBT(food stamps) as payment. Click here for the schedule and click here for more information about the program.
Big City Farms
Big City Farms has converted eleven vacant urban lots near the east side of Downtown Indianapolis into vegetable and fruit-producing gardens. In addition to providing produce to its CSA members, the garden provides heirloom and specialty vegetables and fruits to local restaurants. Beginning in June, and continuing for a 22-week season, CSA members can pick up pre-packaged boxes of freshly-harvested vegetables.
Green Bean Delivery
Green Bean Delivery is a year-round food delivery service that brings local and organic produce and natural groceries right to your doorstep. The website lets users customize the items they receive and add a la care extras as wanted. There are a variety of bin choices to fit various lifestyles, including: a small produce bin (for two or three people), a medium fruit and vegetable bin (for a small family), a fruit bin , a large fruit and vegetable bin (for four or more people) and a fruit, vegetable and grocery bin (the smallest bin).
Growing Places Indy
Growing Places Indy non-profit organization with a mission is to cultivate the culture of urban agriculture and healthy lifestyles, empowering individuals and communities. The organization provides weekly shares of produce from June to July and July to August. Each share lasts 10 weeks, about half the length of a typical CSA in central Indiana. The shares include eight to 12 different items each week and can be picked up on Wednesdays at Wishard Slow Food Garden at White River State Park.
Valentine Hill Farm
Valentine Hill Farm specializes in growing chemical-free vegetables and fruit and bakery products made from organic ingredients. Their CSA season runs from June through October, lasting 20 weeks. They offer four types of shares: large, large with baked goods, small, and small with baked goods. Shares can be picked up from the City Market on Wednesdays.
Indy Food Co–Op/Pogue’s Run Grocer
This is a community-owned market located at 2828 E. 10th St., just east of Downtown. The grocery, which opened in December 2010, strives to offer shoppers local, fresh and organic produce and products at affordable prices. The founders believed Downtown Indianapolis needed a healthier, yet affordable grocery option. Pogue’s Run Grocer offers everything from pet products and bulk items to in-season produce.
Don’t feel like cooking but still want fresh and local ingredients? Visit one of the following restaurants that prepare meals using local ingredients.
Try Severin Bar's custom gind of hamburger from Fisher Farms (the slab bacon is sourced from them as well), Fair Oaks Farms cheddar cheese or Sun King beer battered onion rings.
120 West Market (Hilton Indianapolis)
Indianapolis City Market Vendors
Oceanaire Seafood Room
R bistro's menu has a a strong emphasis on local ingredients. They even have their own garden and bee hive on the premisis.
Indiana Artisan Marketplace
Only once a year, more than 250 artisans in nearly 60 Indiana counties come together to showcase art and food. The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and foods directly from the artisans who make it. The Artisan brand includes glass, wood, leatherwork, oils, watercolors, colored pencil, wine, jewelry, weaving, pottery, specialty cheeses, chocolates and more. Attend the next Marketplace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds March 28 – 29, 2015.
Taste of Indy
This year's Taste of Indy presents a delectable assortment of Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic, and American food. The all day concert on July 5 glamorizes Indy's best live, local musical artists displaying their awesome talents in Jazz, Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Latino, and Reggae music. From noon to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live local music and sample the city's best cuisine all while enjoying the accommodations of the breath taking White River State Park.
Dig-IN: A Taste of Indiana
Every August, Indiana growers will make their way to White River State Park to showcase their high-quality, locally-produced products and remind Hoosiers there is much more than corn in Indiana. Dig IN brings our state’s rich agricultural heritage into focus with a celebration of the farm to fork experiences. Enjoy educational discussion panels, cooking demonstrations, urban gardening exhibits, wine tastings, beer and food pairing classes and more.
Food Coalition of Central Indiana monthly events
Monthly events organized by the Food Coalition of Central Indiana encourage the consumption of local food and create a space where people can share and educate each other about where to find local food and how to cook with the seasons. Visit their events page for a listing of all upcoming events.