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. 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 from May through 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 the Morgan County Courthouse square, in downtown Martinsville. Vendors set up on the Main Street side of the square from 9 am to 1 pm.
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! 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 while you're in town for the Market - the Saturday Farmers Market is conveniently located right on the downtown square in Martinsville, making it the perfect opportunity to explore the historic downtown district of Martinsville. Stop in at Come N' Git It Diner for a big 'ole country breakfast, or Our House Bakery if sweets and coffee are more your style. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at JK's Cheesecake Cafe or Los Reyes, and 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 Berries & Ivy Country Store and The Sterling Butterfly, but be warned, at either shop you're sure to see something you need to take home with you.