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INDIANA BOROUGH: Farmers market official requests more support

by on August 21, 2013 11:00 AM

Chloe Drew, a volunteer for the Indiana Farmers Market, again Tuesday evening asked Indiana council to provide more support for the twice-a-week market held at the borough-owned parking lot at Eighth and Church streets.

Drew last month urged council to consider providing a location with more space for the market because there is not enough room for everyone wanting to participate and vendors this summer have been turned away.

“All over the country, farmers markets are growing,” she said, and not just for the traditional in-season produce that typically is offered but also because some markets have also become venues for artisans and musicians.

“This year is one of the best (for the Indiana market) because we’re diversifying,” Drew told council.

The Indiana market operates from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and will continue into October. Typically 10 to 12 vendors are present.

The fare being offered at the Indiana market has expanded from farm produce and now includes breads and pastries, kettle corn, flowers, crafts, eggs, meat products and ice cream (on Wednesdays). Musicians and artists participate on Saturdays. Food demonstrations are also planned, Drew said.

She also told council the market benefits Indiana businesses because it attracts “a continuous traffic of people through the downtown.”

“If it’s not in Indiana, it will go elsewhere,” she said.

Councilman Kevin Kravetsky, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said Drew’s request for more space is under discussion.

“The committee’s intent is to keep the farmers market” and new arrangements for next season may be ready for council’s consideration in September or October, he said.

More details on the farmers market are available at www.indianafarmmarket.blogspot.com.



Randy Wells has been a reporter and staff writer at The Indiana Gazette since 1988. His regular assignments include coverage of the Indiana County commissioners, Indiana Borough council and the Marion Center Area School District. His email address is rwells@indianagazette.net.
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