Fishers Holiday Farmers’ Market Returns With 25 Vendors
Writer / Braden Ochs
Photography Provided by the City of Fishers
During the months of November and December, the Fishers Holiday Farmers’ Market comes to town with local businesses, family fun and holiday spirit.
Every year, there are two farmers’ markets in Fishers. The first one is the Fishers Summer Farmers’ Market, which occurs every Saturday from May through October. This farmers’ market usually focuses more on produce and summer-related products. The second is the Fishers Holiday Farmers’ Market, which occurs during November and December. This farmers’ market focuses more on gifts and products related to the Holidays. This will be its third year in Fishers.
“When the weather gets worse, it’s a fun thing to do as a family,” says Marissa Deckert, assistant director of fishers parks and recreation.
The Holiday Market is hosted in the community building at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park in Fishers. This year, they are bringing in 25 vendors, five of which are new. The vendors this winter include:
- Aahaa Chai
- Artisano’s Oils & Spices – every other week
- Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard
- Circle Kombucha
- Dragonwood Honey & Maple
- Garcia’s Gardens
- Generations Pie Company
- Gluten Free Creations
- Grace & Truth Farms
- Grandpa’s Beef Jerky
- Groomsville Popcorn
- Harvest Café Coffee and Tea
- Hidden Acres Farm LLC
- Johnnie Raber Family Farm
- Lazy Labs Bakery
- Louise’s Sweets
- Marta’s Goody’s
- Masters Home Preserves
- Mathoo’s Eggrolls
- Our Garden Soap
- Pig’s Tail Charcuterie (December 14 & 28)
- Tailored Toddies
- The Bearded Baker
Deckert has been with the parks department for about a year now, and she loves the farmers’ markets in Fishers. Much of her role is to oversee the activities in Fishers, including the farmers’ markets, concerts, Independence Day celebrations, Halloween celebrations and even a mud day event where children and families can have fun in the mud. She especially loves the farmers’ market because it brings local businesses and residents together as a community.
“As a Fishers resident, I love the sense of community it brings,” Deckert says. “Every Saturday, my family and I are at the farmers’ market and love running into friends and community members.”
Deckert wanted to focus especially on the holiday theme for the farmers’ market this year. She wanted to bring in vendors that could offer either a guest-bought gift basket or a guest-made gift basket. Some of the products featured this year include handmade Indian grown chai teas, egg rolls for breakfast, a lot of sweets and drinks and even homemade dog treats. As another special treat, Santa is visiting the farmers’ market closer to the Christmas season.
The Holiday Market is a scaled-down version of the Summer Market, where the Holiday Market only receives several hundred guests instead of the Summer Market’s several thousand. This is mainly due to limited space in the winter location. However, according to Deckert, they try to maximize as much space as they can for the holidays. It is set up in the Holland Park community building, and it’s a popular place for residents and guests to enjoy the winter season.
“Come and check out all these vendors,” Deckert adds. “You can’t get them in your normal supermarkets.”
The farmers’ market is not only a place for holiday shopping but a place where families and friends can enjoy fellowship. For those guests who want to come for more than shopping, the market includes a place for families and friends to hang out. They even provide a scavenger hunt for children to participate in.
There are also reusable shopping bags available for guests who have never been before or do not have a bag already. Deckert recommends that people stop by and ask about getting a reusable bag.
For Deckert, it’s always a tradition worth celebrating. Anyone and everyone is invited to bring their friends and family to shop for local treats and gifts, participate in scavenger hunts, pull up a chair and chat with friends and enjoy the holidays with the Fishers community.
For more information about the Holiday Farmers’ Market, visit playfishers.com.