TERRE HAUTE —
Downtown Terre Haute’s Midweek Market opens today in a new location, with locally grown fruits and vegetables, specialty foods and handmade arts and crafts available to the public.
The weekday extension of the Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays in Fairbanks Park, along the main drive near the playground.
Market master Majel Wells said that 10 of the regular 36 Saturday vendors have committed to the midweek event, but she said there could be as many as 15 vendors offering products along the banks of the Wabash River, which is a change from last year’s location in a parking lot near Union Hospital.
“We just wanted a place that is more family friendly and where the children could play safely nearby,” Wells said. “This is the Year of the River, and this location is still considered downtown, since we are the Downtown Terre Haute Farmers Market.”
The park is within walking distance of many area businesses, the courthouse, and the housing communities of Dreiser Square and Indiana State University’s family housing.
“We are providing healthy food closer to communities that may not have the chance to walk downtown to the Saturday farmers market,” Wells said. “It gives them healthy food choices, too.”
Vendor Marta Shelton of Harvest Bakery agrees. She will be taking her home-baked goods to Fairbanks Park, including breads, cakes, cookies, pies and her popular sourdough products.
Shelton said she has been a farmers market vendor for five years, and last year she tried the midweek market, but found it too hot. She said she expects Fairbanks Park to be a better location, but she still does not know if the public will turn out.
“It’s a step of faith every time you set up for the market,” she said, “because you never know if any customers are going to show up.”
Wells said she expects the midweek market to grow as the community becomes aware of it. She said she is also looking for local entertainers to perform during the Tuesday market.
Anyone wanting to contact Wells about reserving a market booth or about performing can call her at 812-243-5922.
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