Farmers' Market returns downtown Saturday
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 11:00 AM
Local residents can purchase fresh produce, arts and crafts and enjoy a hot breakfast at Madison's Farmers' Market, which returns this weekend.
The market opens for the season Saturday and will run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until Oct. 26.
"It's almost like a little festival every weekend," said Dave Adams, who has helped coordinate the event for the past 15 years.
On Monday, the Board of Public Works and Safety approved the street closures for the annual event, which has been in Madison since 1809, making it the longest-running farmers' market in Indiana.
This will be the fourth year the market will be at the Broadway Fountain location.
During each Saturday market, both lanes of Broadway will be closed from Main Street to Third Street from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, only the southbound lane of Broadway will used for the market.
Adams said he has made it a goal to put an emphasis on bringing in more local vendors. Madison's Paradise Cove Catering will be back this year providing breakfast for patrons.
"When you buy local, you know your money is staying here," Adams said.
Adams reported at the Board of Works meeting that the average Saturday attendance last year was 354.
Citing an economic survey conducted by Hanover College and Indiana University students, Adams said the market brings in about $700,000 a year to the community. The findings include revenue to local businesses and farmers from the market, as well as spillover business to local shops and tourism - plus the study found that about 7 percent of all visitors were not Madison residents.
"We also found out that more than half the people that come here come from the hilltop," he told the board.
There is a $75 fee to join as a farmers' market vendor for the entire season. For registration information visit www.madisoninfarmersmarket.com.