Everyone knows not to shop for food on an empty stomach, but I refuse to eat before making my weekly trip to the farmers market. It’s not willpower as much as mouth-watering anticipation of what’s ahead.
Tamales. Eggrolls. Pretzels. Waffles.
Fresh fruits and veggies may be the main attraction at Hamilton County farmers markets, but the ready-to-eat options are also crowd-pleasers. Here’s a guide to finding fresh-made breakfast and lunch at the market:
Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market
Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan St.
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 14
Hamilton County’s oldest farmers market moved to the new Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville this year, filling it to capacity with more than 80 vendors offering a wide variety of items including farm-fresh produce, locally grown meat and handmade baked goods.
Thankfully, the market’s popular food court also made the trip across State Road 32. Local favorite Texy Mexy did more than survive the move—it doubled its footprint in the new location. Tempt your taste buds with native Texan Sophie Abell’s breakfast tacos or homemade tamales, and remember it’s never too early for her award-winning salsa.
Grab a bite to go, or if time allows grab a table and stay awhile. Live performances are scheduled throughout the season.
Fishers Farmers Market
Nickel Plate Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive
8 a.m.-noon through Sept. 30
This year’s Fishers Farmers Market features more than 55 full- and part-time vendors with a decidedly local flavor—including 5280 Bistro, which serves breakfast and sandwiches sourced in part from the market itself.
For the flavor of Fishers by way of Laos, try the addictive Mathoo’s Eggrolls. You won’t want to skimp on the delightfully sweet-and-spicy sauce. Too much heat? Grab a Pat’s Philly Pretzel to soothe the burn. Or if sweet is more your thing, stop at Love and Cobbler for a fresh fruit masterpiece or drop by Mary's Confectionary for artisan cake balls.
Carmel Farmers Market
5 Center Green
8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 30
With the popular Monon Greenway running along its eastern border, it’s no surprise the Carmel Farmers Market draws almost 80,000 visitors each summer. Its 64 vendors sell locally produced food and plants, with a chef-inspired twist here and there.
If you’re up for adventure, try new arrival Apricot Sun Mediterranean Food Bar and its Mana'eesh, billed as the pizza of the Middle East. Is barbecue more your speed? Stop by Rosie’s Riblets for a taste sensation. And when only breakfast will do, check out The Walking Waffle Co.
Westfield Farmers Market
130 Penn St.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays from June through September
Westfield’s Saturday market opens in June, offering a similar mix of fresh produce and instant gratification. And since it’s open past noon, even late risers can get a taste of local food done right.
7177 E. 161st St., Noblesville
3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays
For a sweet treat that’s fresh from the farm—literally—check out the produce stand at Spencer Farm. Well-known locally for its you-pick strawberry season that begins at the end of April, Spencer also grows black and red raspberries, along with blueberries and grapes. Full from your day at the markets? The you-pick asparagus available in April and May probably will survive the car ride home.