BATESVILLE — One new area farmers’ market will open for the first time later this month, joining four other well-established ones.
The Sunman Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Sunman Farmers’ Market and getting it going, reports chamber President Carla Hacker.
“We know there’s a lot of those things going on around us, but it will be nice to have a stop right here .... to serve our area.
“It will support our local economy, and we encourage people to come into Sunman and shop the farmers’ market, take a look around and visit other businesses and see what we have .... It will also be a wonderful way to support your community and meet your neighbors,” she points out.
When the Batesville Farmers’ Market first opens, “there will be early season crops, flowers and some plant starts,” says market master Patty Reding.
Bob O’Bryan, Brookville Farmers’ Market manager, also predicts homemade foods and crafts being available there in mid-May.
Arlene Knudson, Ripley County Farmers’ Market contact person, expects to see a wide variety of produce when the market first opens, including cabbage, cucumbers, beets, zucchini, radishes and possibly potatoes, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and green onions.
Bryan Robbins, Main Street Greensburg executive director, who is in charge of the Greensburg/Decatur County Farmers’ Market, believes there will also be “fresh baked goods, locally raised meats and eggs and delicious jams and jellies to top it all off.”
The Greensburg, Batesville and Brookville markets received a Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant “to enable each to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) credits at the markets. Participants will be able to run their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards for tokens to be used exclusively at the markets,” he adds.
The grant dollars “will be used to equip the markets with processing equipment, a designated location for the transactions to be made and training for the market masters. Funds will also be used for marketing and promoting the new service.”