A visit to downtown Madison on a Saturday morning provides another sure sign that summer has arrived.

The Farmers' Market at the Broadway Fountain is alive and well. Saturday is the market's largest day, but it also is held on Tuesday and Thursday. Hours are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Tuesday and Thursday markets are scaled-down versions of the Saturday market, but all three days offer a wide variety of items.

The Farmers' Market is part of an effort to grow and sell produce locally. In the past it has received strong local support, and we expect that to continue.

A 2013 study by Hanover College and Indiana University students found that the market brings in about $700,000 a year to the community.

That includes additional business for downtown merchants who benefit from the crowds visiting the market.

While downtown, people should take advantage of shopping and dining opportunities. Our local merchants need and deserve our continued support.

The market also offers a great atmosphere to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

If you're looking for juicy tomatoes, delicious strawberries, freshly baked pastries, farm-fresh eggs, lettuce, spinach and a host of other healthy (and, some not so healthy) items, the market is an event you don't want to miss.

If you haven't visit the market before, or if you are new to town, be sure to stop by.