Noblesville Farmers Market expands to offer more for vendors, shoppers

NOBLESVILLE, Ind (WISH) – A popular farmers market in Hamilton County is about to expand and give vendors more opportunity for business.

The 2016 Noblesville Farmers Market starts Saturday, which has caused Boden Bakery employees to be busy.

“Been working all day on everything so far,” Boden’s Bakery co-owner Mary Boden said. “We got here at two o’clock this morning.”

The Noblesville Farmers Market is where Mary Boden got her start.

“It got my name out,” Boden said. “Every Saturday I had people asking, did I have a location? Then, that showed me that there was interest.”

This year, the farmers market is offering even more to help vendors. If you’re coming, you don’t even need to walk around the grounds to find your goods. With the simple click of a button, your good will be bagged, so you can pick up and go.

Organizers teamed with a farmers market website. This means vendors don’t only get space in the parking lot, but they can also get a spot online.

“I think it’s important for us to be able to showcase our vendors in as many venues as possible, and now online is a great option to do that,” said Chris Owens, Noblesville Main Street Executive Director.

To purchase farmers market products, go to the website, then simply add to cart, pay and pick-up at event.

“The shop-local initiative is so big right now anyway that when you put it in context of supporting local families who run these businesses, I think it has even a greater impact,” Owens said.

Boden knows the impact firsthand. After gaining a storefront from her first farmers market, she said she’s ready for what the second will bring.

“Supporting local is so important, and the quality is so much better,” Boden said.

In addition to an online feature, the farmers market has also expanded its SNAP program. This allows people to double their money, using this program on certain products.

To learn more about the farmers market, click here.