Carmel Summer Farmers Market: Come Here, Grow Here

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April 2022

The Carmel Farmers Markets (CFM) Volunteer Committee is pleased to announce the opening day of the Carmel Farmers Summer Market to be held at Carter Green in Carmel, Indiana on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The summer market will be open to all Saturdays from May September 7 to 24, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. With over 70 vendors, many of whom are long-time vendors in the market, the CFM committee welcomes a few new faces and products to the lineup this year as well as new “mini sponsorship” opportunities for local restaurants.

Calling all local chefs!

CFM President Ron Carter has reached out to restaurants in the community with a new mini referral program designed to increase brand awareness not only for the market and restaurants, but also for market vendors and their fresh products.

“We are instituting a new mini sponsorship for local restaurants,” Carter said. “We know we have local restaurant chefs coming into the market, so we’re going to encourage those chefs to be more visible in the market, making their restaurants more visible and helping their restaurants be seen as, and in fact, part of the local food chain and letting consumers know that our market provides the quality products that local gourmet chefs use.

For participating restaurants, Carter shared that they will have a designated market cart with their name, logo, etc., that chefs can carry while shopping at the market. Time permitting, chefs will be invited to be interviewed at the market via the PA system and asked what they have purchased and how they will incorporate the ingredients into their dishes.

Carter added, “We believe the mini-sponsorships will enhance our brand, the vendor brands and certainly the restaurant brands.”

Look for “Featured Chefs” throughout the market season!

From seed to full bloom

CFM Vice President Deborah Schmitz explained how the marketplace serves as an incubator for small sellers and start-ups. Many vendors have “overshot” the market once they have gone domestic or moved up the supply chain and secured major fulfillment contracts.

“An example is James Long with ‘LIVE Project’,” Schmitz said. “James produces a range of health drinks and was approached by Target for distribution. Another example is the Baird family who own/operate Groomsville Popcorn. I still remember Jacob, a mild-mannered gentleman, who contacted us to sell his popcorn at our market. Last winter he had four stalls at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt! They sold their pizza, their chocolate, their German candies, their popcorn and their nuts. They recently opened a restaurant/storefront in Tipton, Indiana, and Jacob’s donuts are to die for!

Carter and Schmitz are eager to see how one of their newest suppliers, American Dream Nut Butters, fares in the market this year. American Dream Nut Butters creates and sells an assortment of low carb, high protein and high sugar nut butters. It is a family business employing approximately 40 family members!

Be sure to join us on opening day for all the traditional fanfare, including a flyover provided by Indy Biplanes, and remember… “Get Fresh On Saturday!”

For more information on CFM suppliers, events and entertainment, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.

2022 CFM SUPPLIERS

3-IN-1 RESTAURANT: Pupusas, tamales and sides

AAHAA CHAI: authentic chai teas

ALCOMY LLC: Mixology

AMERICAN DREAM NUT BUTTERS: Gourmet nut butters

AREPAS: Venezuelan arepas

ARTISANAL OILS & SPICES: Oils and spices

ASH & ELM CIDER COMPANY: Craft cider

BALANCED HARVEST FARM: Flowers

BECKER FARMS: variety of meats and products

BLUE YONDER ORGANIC FARM: Meat and organic products

BOBBIE-Q: Homemade noodles, BBQ sauce, fudge and cookies

BRICKHOUSE DRESSINGS: All-Natural, Gluten- and Dairy-Free Dressings

CAFÉ BABY: Baby food and delivery

CHEF KARYN: Catering

CIRCLE CITY SWEETS: Pastries

DOUD ORCHARDS: Produce

EAGLE CREEK RUCHER: Local raw honey and natural spa products

EAT SURREAL: Whole Food Spreads

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERS: Organic products

FRESCO SPICE BLENDS: spice blends and rubs

GENERATIONS PIE COMPANY: Pies, pastries and breads

BBQ GOMEZ: Traditional barbecue

GREEN GROWERS: Organic products, herbs and elderberry syrup

GROOMSVILLE POPCORN: Popcorn

GUACAMOLE & MORE: Guacamole, salsas and more!

GUISEPPE ITALIAN MARKET: Italian products

HAPPY ALL: Prepared meals

HOOSIER CULINARY SHARPENING: Knife sharpening

HOOSIER WAGYU: Purebred Wagyu Beef and Wagyu Beef Crossbreeds

HUNTER’S HONEY FARM: Honey and apiary products

IDLEWINE BISON: local bison

INDIE COFFEE ROASTERS: coffee roasting and infusion

JP PARKER FLOWERS: Flowers

JASON MICHAEL THOMAS: Urban Outreach Gardens

JOHNNIE RABER FARM: products

KORA’S KITCHEN: Handmade Gourmet Treats for Pets

KRENOLIES DONUTS: donuts

LIVE PROJECT: Juices and specialty drinks

LONESOME DUCK FARM: Garden produce, fresh lavender and lavender-based products, zinnias and red sunflowers

MY CREPERIE: Sweet and savory pancakes

MALLOW RUN WINERY: Hard wines and ciders

MAPLEWOOD FARMS LLC: Maple Products

VERGER MCCLURE: Apples, cider and pastries

MISSION COFFEE: Arabic coffee

MUNCIE MUSHROOMS: Mushrooms

MY DADDY’S SWEETCORN: Sweetcorn

MY SUGAR PIE: Pies

NADING FARM: Local meat, produce and flowers

NO TABLE LABEL: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Baked Goods

NORMANDY MULET FARM: Fresh produce and eggs

OLD MAJOR: all-natural meat products

OLDE TYME POPPIN KORN: Hot Corn

PHELPS FAMILY FARM: Pasture-raised, free-range pork, beef and eggs

PIG’S TALE CHARCUTERIE: Artisanal charcuterie in Indiana

POTS & PANS PIE COMPANY: Sweet and savory pies

PURE DIET MODE: Whole, Plant-Based Meals

RISIN CREEK CREAMERY: Clean Dairy Products

ROSIE’S RIBLETS: BBQ and catering

SECOND ACT SWEETS: Cookies, muffins, scones and more!

SKILLINGTON FARMS: Breakfast foods, smoothies and more!

SOUPREMACY: Soups, salads and sandwiches

SPICEKICK MEAL SPICE KITS: Dinner Spice Packets

ST. ATHANASE: Bakery products

SURREAL FARMS: Blackberries

CREMERIE TULIPE: Dairy products

URBAN VINES: Wine

FARM VAN ANTWERP: Products

VIETNAMESE EGGROLL BAR: Traditional Vietnamese cuisine

WALKING WAFFLE COMPANY: Hot Liège waffles

XCHOCOL’ART: Artisanal chocolates


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