on the Tradition
Farmers Market moves
inside for winter for first time
market features food,
live music, crafts and more
(November 2010) Very quietly, Madison became
part of an elite group last year. When the Madison Farmers Market moved
indoors for the winter, Madison became one of only eight cities in Indiana
to operate year-round farmers markets.
Now that vendors are already pulling on their coats and mittens, its
time to think about moving indoors again.
by Laura Hodges
cooks at the Madison
Starting Saturday, Nov. 6, the farmers market will open
in the former Kernen Hardware building at 303 W. Main St. Hours will
be 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays only.
Market Manager Dave Adams said he is excited about the new location,
which provides a large open area for vendors to display their products,
as well space for dining and entertainment. He is starting to think
about craft fairs and flea market days.
Gary Duckworth, co-owner of Paradise Cove Catering, is already dreaming
of Tropical Day in January. For the past five years, he
and his wife, Suzan, have cooked fresh, open air breakfasts for farmers
The new location provides a partial kitchen, but the Duckworths plan
to operate much the same way they do during the summer, with only a
few changes in the menu. Customers will still be able to order blueberry
pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and other popular fare.
John Walburn and friends will continue to provide guitar and vocal music
while customers eat breakfast or stroll among the vendor booths.
Music really helps create that festival atmosphere, said
Duckworth. I think weve gone a long way toward making this
a community event.
At the height of the season, Duckworth serves breakfast to a couple
of hundred people. Many more came to buy tomatoes, green beans and sweet
corn in season.
Last winter, when the market moved indoors to the 605 Grille on Saturdays,
Duckworth averaged 50 to 60 customers per day. He hopes that those loyal
regulars will be joined by new market customers in this
Stephanie Ginn is one of the vendors who will display their wares at
the indoor market. On a recent Saturday, Ginn was selling three kinds
of pumpkins, eggplant, peppers and decorative bittersweet. As the seasons
change, she will introduce baked goods and holiday decorations made
with cedar and other greenery. The new location, with its big windows
and open design, appeals to her.
Ginn, a first-year vendor who lives on Pleasant Ridge, said farming
is her main work. She enjoys it because it allows her to remain close
to her three children. Shes already planning to build a greenhouse
so she can grow more produce earlier for the spring market.
Madison-based artist Carolyn Lopez sold her watercolors throughout the
past year, including the winter months. It works out pretty well,
especially before Christmas because I sold lots of my small paintings
for Christmas presents. You can buy an original painting for $18 to
She thinks the former Kernen Hardware location is exciting. Its
right on Main Street. I think if people will give us a chance and come
down, they will like it.
Tom Hatton is another vendor who will sell right through the winter.
His local honey and beeswax have been mainstays of the market for four
or five years. I plan on being there through the whole season.
It will depend a little bit on what happens during the holiday season,
Last season he made fewer sales in the winter months, but it was still
worth his time to come to market on Saturday mornings.
Im thinking this year will be better because weve
got a bigger space. We can have a bigger variety of things.
And there is a city parking lot right across the road, said Hatton.
The Madison Farmers Market is the oldest continuous farmers market in
Indiana. An 1809 deed book shows local merchants gave land to the county
to construct a wooden market house at the corner of Main and Jefferson
streets, now the Jefferson County Courthouse location. In modern times
until the time of the courthouse fire in May 2009 the
farmers market operated on the west and north sides of the courthouse.
For the summers of 2009 and 2010, the market has been located in the
park surrounding the Broadway Fountain. This, too, is a historic market
location. In the 1840s, the lower market was located in
the Broadway area, at the same time the main farmers market operated
on Jefferson Street.
The Madison Farmers Market has a calendar
of coming events on its website, www.madisonindianafarmersmarket.com.
Christmas craft bazaars will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 20
and Dec. 11. The fee to rent a booth is $10 for the day. For information
call (630) 638-3959 or (812) 265-8313.
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