Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

May 9, 2013

Farmer’s market returns to downtown Greensburg

Greensburg — The annual farmer’s market returns to downtown Greensburg Friday, and is set to bring a wide variety of locally grown and produced goods to area residents every Friday until October.

Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m., many local growers will set up at the farmer’s market on the south side of the courthouse lawn to sell their goods. Everything available at the market is locally grown or produced, strengthening both the local economy and local health. The director of Main Street Greensburg, Bryan Robbins, is excited about this year’s farmer’s market season and the new changes that come with it.

Late last year, the market began accepting SNAP benefits thanks to a grant from the USDA’s farmer’s market promotion program. This year, SNAP benefits will be accepted from the beginning of the market season. Customers can bring their Hoosier Works cards and get credits to be used at farmer’s markets in Greensburg, Shelbyville, Batesville and Brookville. The goal of the grant program is to help vendors expand their customer markets and to help customers get fresh, locally grown products.

Another new change is the addition of farmer’s market kids’ gift certificates. It is a new program and the farmer’s market is still looking for sponsors to assist. Every child under the age of 12 will be given a gift certificate for one dollar upon entry into the farmer’s market, with a limit of one per child each Friday. The gift certificate can be spent at any stall, for any item that costs one dollar or less. The goal of this program is to get kids used to looking locally for fruits and vegetables when possible, both giving them healthier options and boosting the local economy. This also teaches children to make healthier choices while giving them independence, Robbins noted.

Drought conditions in recent years have affected vendor participation for obvious reasons, but with good growing weather predicted for 2013, the vendor turnout and product variety looks to be impressive. On average, customers can expect to see anywhere from 12 to 36 vendors, with the possibility of numbers reaching into the 60s or 70s.

The Greensburg farmer’s market is a free market, meaning there is no charge for spaces. Robbins attributes this to the city's support. Because of the free spots, many individuals set up stalls with their garden-grown products.

The farmer’s market in Greensburg is primarily a grower’s market, with the focus on locally grown produce, but customers can expect to see a wide variety of products through this year’s market season. In years past, featured products included locally grown or produced, garden plants, flowers, baked good, meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, and bread mixes. Robbins said customers can expect “anything from a watermelon, strawberry, and cilantro popsicle to a rack of ribs to fresh kale- and all of it locally grown.”

Everyone is invited to come out to get some healthy, fresh food and support the local farmers of the community, Robbins said. Family trips to the farmer’s market are a wonderful way to get everyone outside and, in recent years, there have been many forms of entertainment available at the market, mentioned the Main Street director.

In addition to organizing the farmer’s market, Main Street Greensburg plans to show movies on the courthouse lawn every second Friday of the month in a program called "Movies on the Lawn." This year, viewers can expect to see the animated version of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” June 14, “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor July 12, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn Aug. 9, Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” Sept. 13, and “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage Oct. 11.

All movies will begin at dusk and alternate locations are arranged in case of rain. Robbins urged residents to bring their families out to enjoy the show.

In connection to an upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland” by local theatre group, the Tree County Players, there will be a short live performance before the showing of the movie June 14.

Any questions about either the farmer’s market or the Movies on the Lawn program should be directed to Bryan Robbins at 812-593-4207.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

 

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