We're so excited for the start of Farmers Market season in Morgan County! If you ask us, farmers markets are one of the very best things about the warmer months in the Midwest. Some of our favorite things about the local farmers market are the opportunity to learn about where your food comes from, meet the people who grow or produce your favorite foods and enjoy a day browsing through booths and mingling with others from the local community. Opening week this year coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week, so be sure to stop by the Market Information Booth to pick up your complimentary tote bag with Morgan County and Indiana travel information inside! Quantities are limited, so make that your first stop on opening day!
At the farmers market you'll find all the normal staples as they ripen - greens and asparagus in the early weeks, then strawberries. tomatoes, corn and zucchini at the height of summer, which give way to pumpkins, apples and mums at the close of the season. Part of attending the local farmers market is enjoying the natural rhythms of the changing seasons as different produce becomes available throughout the run of the market.
You can find the local Morgan County Farmers Market twice a week, beginning early May through the end of September. On Tuesdays, the market is open from 3 to 6 pm outside the Mooresville Friends Church, located at the intersection of Main Street and North Monroe Street (also Indiana State Road 267). On Saturdays, the Market can be found right on Main Street in Martinsville, on the grounds of The Main Connection at 460 S. Main Street. Vendors set up on the north side of the building from 9 am to 1 pm, and Maggie's at the Main coffee bar will be open inside the building during market hours. The Main Connection is also home to the Morgan County Visitors Center, so be sure to pick up local and statewide visitor information while you're there.
Vendors at the Morgan County Farmers Market offer more than just fresh veggies - you'll also find handmade items like jewelry and textiles, locally made soaps, a variety of baked goods, and even artisan vanilla extract (which is amazing)! Locally raised pork is often available at the market, as well as eggs from happy local chickens, and sometimes ducks, too. Keep an eye on the growing season to predict the types of produce to expect at the market. The first few markets of the season are also a great place to get bedding plants if you'd like to try your hand at growing some of your own produce.
The Saturday Market in Martinsville sometimes also includes entertainment - you might encounter local musicians, visual artists at work or even Touch-A-Truck, a fun annual event for kids of all ages that brings everything from police car, fire engines and event tractors and combines to the square! You can often even enjoy a free sample of the day's merchandise while you're there - just watch for the "sample smoker." When it's there, that means market vendors have donated items to be grilled up for demonstration purposes. Samples are free and you can always talk with the grill master about which vendors' items are on the grill and how they're prepared that day. Be sure to keep an eye on the Morgan County Farmers Market Association page on Facebook for regular updates about available products and upcoming events as the season goes on, as well as occasional vendor profiles so you know more about the area farmers that make the market possible.
Don't forget to explore the rest of downtown Martinsville while you're in town for the Market - the Saturday Farmers Market is just a few blocks south of the courthouse square in Martinsville, making it the perfect opportunity to explore the historic downtown district. Stop in at Come N' Git It Diner for a big 'ole country breakfast, or the Waffle Whitch for a their signature biscuits (or waffles) and gravy. If breakfast isn't your thing, enjoy a leisurely lunch at your choice of 21 North Eatery & Cellar, Holy Smoke Hog Roast Company or Los Reyes. Don't forget dessert - the Martinsville Candy Kitchen has everyone's favorite candy, plus ice cream, floats and the best vanilla cokes around! Be sure to stop in and say hi at area shops and boutiques as well, but be warned, at each of these stops, you're sure to see something you need to take home with you!