About The IWFM

2014-2015 Season Dates: Nov. 8, 2014, through April 25, 2015

The Indy Winter Farmers Market, an initiative of Growing Places Indy Inc., provides a venue for directly connecting farmers and producers to the community and visitors, enabling personal relationships in the exchange of fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, herbs, natural cleaning products and other locally produced food, garden and household products.

The IWFM supports family farms, encourages sustainable farmland preservation and urban agriculture, delivers seasonal and local product to Indianapolis residents and raises awareness of social and environmental considerations related to food. The IWFM encourages local entrepreneurship, a growing food culture, social and environmental consciousness and educational exchange toward the improvement of quality-of-life and quality-of-experience for Indianapolis residents and visitors.

The IWFM has three primary goals:

Location, Hours and Parking

The Platform
202 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 8, 2014 - April 25, 2015

Parking lots - Two lots will be available for free parking. These lots are usually paid parking, but on Saturdays the arms will be raised. These lots will not be marked as IWFM parking, but a sign will be placed at the entrance that reads "Park at your Own Risk." During the first weeks of the market, we will have a volunteer standing at the entrance to let you know which lots to park in. These two lots will be available:

  1. The southeast corner of Alabama and Market streets (directly across from the City County Building). Please note that this location is different than previous seasons.
  2. The southwest corner of New York and Alabama streets. This lot is directly north of the old central library/Indiana state museum. During the week, it is an honor lot, but it is offered graciously as free parking to IWFM customers on Saturdays. 

Metered parking is also available along Delaware, Market, Wabash and Alabama streets.

Check the Map.

Free bike parking is available outside the market near both the West Wing and the East Wing. You may also park your bicycle inside the Indy Bike Hub YMCA for free on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Bus Lines 2, 5, 8, 17, 19 and 21 make stops within walking distance of the City Market on Saturdays. Plan your route here.

If you bike, walk or take the bus, be sure to enter the Green Travel Raffle (at the Info Table) sponsored by INDYCOG and IndyGo! You will have the chance to win a monthly prize drawn on the last market of the month.

E-Newsletter

The best way to stay up to date with the IWFM is to sign up for our seasonal weekly e-newsletter. Find out what vendors will be participating each week, check out a new recipe and learn about special events and news related to local food and sustainable living.

Another good way to stay in touch and interact with the IWFM community is to "like" us on Facebook.

Electronic Benefits Transfer/SNAP Benefits

The IWFM accepts SNAP benefits! Stop by the Market Info table to swipe your Hoosier Works card and receive Eat Well Bucks vouchers to purchase EBT-eligible products. Eligible products include any food or food product intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hot foods and hot food products for immediate consumption. You may also purchase seeds and plants to grow foods for individual consumption. Almost all of our vendors qualify for this program. Check out more information on our Eat Well Initiative page.

Frequent Shopper Card

Pick up a frequent shopper card the next time you are at the IWFM for your chance to win a $50 market goods bag! Every time you frequent the IWFM, receive a date on your card at the Market Info table. Completed cards (12 marks) will be entered in a raffle to win. Visit us every week of the season and we'll enter your name twice in appreciation of your loyalty and support. Be sure to save your cards from previous seasons, as they can be combined!

The Power of One Challenge

We are truly inspired by the positive energy, hopeful attitude and gratitude presented by the IWFM community of shoppers and vendors each week. We believe in the power of one person to make a difference, when joined by many. That is the story of how the IWFM started and continues, and it has inspired us to establish the IWFM Power of One program.

Each week at the IWFM, you will have the opportunity to put $1 or any spare change you have in the IWFM Power of One collection jar at the Market Information Table. 100% of these funds will be used as part of our Eat Well Initiative to provide individuals using EBT (foodstamps) who shop at the IWFM with additional Eat Well tokens. Our goal is to provide every individual who uses EBT at the IWFM with an additional $5 to $10 in Eat Well Initiative tokens to enhance their purchasing power of the good produce, meats and dairy for sale at the IWFM.

If each person who visited the IWFM put $1 in the collection jar weekly, each individual would contribute up to $23 in six months. However, those $1 contributions, multiplied by over 1,000 weekly attendees, multiplied by 24 weeks in the market season, could total more than $23,000 raised to help feed our community, because all people deserve the right to Eat Well. That is the Power of One to combine with many to make a powerful difference to our community.

We believe this energy is benefiting our city and State well beyond the walls of the market hall, but sometimes it is hard for any one of us as an individual to believe that our singular participation, choice, or contribution really makes much difference. Together we are empowered to Be Well in ways we never could alone.

Volunteer Opportunities

The IWFM needs YOU! If you are interested in volunteering at the Market and/or representing it at local community events, please visit the Volunteer Spot to sign up.

If you have other skills that you feel would contribute to the endeavor (e.g. photography, marketing, media, events, etc.), please contact manager@indywinterfarmersmarket.org with your ideas. Not only are you providing valuable services for a great local cause, but you'll have lots of fun and meet many interesting and like-minded people in the process.

Waste-Free Zone

The IWFM was founded in 2008 on the concepts of sustainable consumption and conscious living. Please help us make the Market a waste free zone by bringing your own reusable shopping bags and by utilizing the recycling provided. We appreciate your attention and action in helping the IWFM minimize its carbon footprint. If you have any questions about the Market's recycyling efforts, please visit the Market Information Table at the entrance.

IWFM asks that all market visitors utilize the bins provided by RecycleForce for any recyclable materials.

Please dispose any recyclable material including steel and aluminum food and beverage cans, glass, #1 and #2 plastics (no plastic shopping bags please!), newspapers and magazines, in the recycling bins.

Additionally, please return empty egg cartons and jars to the vendor(s) who sold them to you, to help minimize waste and unnecessary expenses.