Guest blogger Jennifer Stringer writes about fascinating people and fun places in Central Indiana. This week she visited our Hamilton County farmers markets.

Even though Indiana suffered through one of the worst droughts in our state's history this summer, there is still plenty of good produce to find at the farmers' markets in our 8 Great Towns. I know because I visited the Carmel Farmer's Market last Saturday, and my family devoured almost all of my purchases in just three days!


When I arrived at the market, the first thing I found was the folks from My Dad's Sweet Corn unloading a truck teeming with fresh-picked corn. As I strolled through the other booths, I found green beans, beautiful red tomatoes, robust watermelons and vibrant red, orange and green peppers. The prices were good too - in many cases cheaper than what you would find at the grocery store. I found a baker's dozen of corn for $7, two green peppers for $1, and $4 watermelons.

Of course, there's more than produce at the farmers' market. The 60+ vendors at the Carmel market sell everything from cooking oils to chocolate, tea, flowers and meat. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a fun snack there too since you can find crepes, kettle corn, smoothies and ribs! And if you need to pick up dessert, stop by the booth for Lisa's Pie Shop.

The Carmel market opens each Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., next to the Center for the Performing Arts. If you're walking or biking on the Monon, it's at mile marker 3.

If you are in the Fishers or Noblesville areas, check out their Saturday morning markets. In addition to great weekly vendors, both markets have special events planned for the season, including Kids Day on August 25 (Fishers market) and Pet Day on September 15 (Noblesville market).

Of course, if your Saturday morning is booked you can get an early start on your weekly shopping at the Westfield market, Fridays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Or catch the last market of the season in Cicero on Wednesday, August 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.