Welcome to the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market!

Join the family, join the FUN!

Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market vendors are the BEST! Friendly, hardworking and knowledgeable, they pride themselves on providing not just the best products, but also the best market experience, Always smiling and willing to share a story, a tip or a recipe, our 40+ vendor families are the heart of our market.

Have you ever thought about being a market vendor? We are always looking for market gardeners, farmers, bakers, and makers of all kinds to join our vendor family. Our 2017 application will be released soon, but in the meantime, here are some important dates for anyone considering the KDFM:

January 26–Farmer Planning Meeting
Feburary 23–Prospective Vendor Meeting
March 31–Application due date
April 13–Vendor Meeting

Market Day Information

Opening day of the 2017 season of the Kokomo Downtown Farmers Market is Saturday, April 29th! The Midweek Market will begin June 14.

 

10 Reasons to Support the KDFM 

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

1. Taste Real Flavors

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Alan Davidson of Greener Side Gardens arranges produce between talking with customers.

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season

The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers

Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

4. Protect the Environment

Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself

Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety

At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals

At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA’s seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.

9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas

Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.

10. Connect with Your Community

Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful city.

 

The finest in fresh, local food

The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market offers the finest in local food and a feast for the senses! Smell fresh baked breads and cookies, see the vibrant colors of harvest, taste the difference fresh produce makes, hear the sounds of local musicians, and feel the craftsmanship our makers put into their work.

At our producers’ market, you can talk to the farmers and bakers who grew, raised or made your food and ask questions about your purchases straight from the source! Our vendors are proud of what they do and love to talk about their work and share recipes, organic gardening tips, and information on the benefits of eating fresh, local, free range foods. Feel free to ask your favorite vendor questions like…

  • Do you grow organically?
  • What kind of fertilizer do you use?
  • What is your favorite recipe for this vegetable?
  • Are your products vegan or gluten free?

The same goes with our amazing makers! They sell only what they have made themselves and you can often find them practicing and demonstrating their art at the market. Interested in learning about woodworking, throwing pottery or making soap? Ask one of our makers! They’ll be happy to share a little bit about their craft with you.

Every Saturday is different and new with a dynamic line up of vendors, incredible entertainment, and valuable educational workshops and activities for kids and adults. Check our calendar of events often for more details about each week’s activities. The market is open rain or shine. We will accept credit cards, but if you prefer cash, please remember ones. Don’t forget your reusable bags to carry purchases. The Market will be accepting SNAP as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers this season.

The Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market is sponsored by St. Vincent Hospital, Howard County Government, Ivy Tech Community College, Community Howard Regional Health, First Farmers Bank and Trust, and the City of Kokomo and is in partnership with the Kokomo Downtown Association and the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.