CFM Thanks its Longtime Vendors
Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Submitted
For the Carmel Farmers Market (CFM), the support of not only the market-goers but the vendors has been instrumental in the market’s growth and success over the last 20 years. Ron Carter, CFM president, took some time to share with us the 14 vendors that have been with CFM the longest. In the case of Phelps Family Farms, this vendor has not missed a Saturday since the very first CFM summer market!
“We have provided, as a market, a venue for these 14 vendors and the many other vendors who have not been with us as long as these 14 that allows them to grow their businesses and, in some cases, be able to sustain farms that they may not have otherwise been able to sustain,” Carter said. “It has been great to be able to watch them grow and to watch some of their kids grow that have been with us from the very start of the market. We’ve watched as these kids have matured and learn to count money and change, look people in the eye and become young entrepreneurs in their own rights.”
In good weather and bad, in times of feast and famine, following CFM from its original location to the big move to Center Green, the vendors and the folks at CFM have experienced many highs and lows together, but they worked through it all together and have made each other stronger, forging strong friendships and bonds.
Carter added, “It has been very fulfilling to be able to work with all of our vendors but especially the 14 that have been with us for so long. We’ve had such great relationships with our vendors over the years. When we first started out, we wanted to make sure that we had an affordable market and that we had the best market from a facilities standpoint and from a management standpoint overall. I think that these vendors in particular have recognized that and see the value of being at the Carmel Farmers Market. For most of our vendors, it [the market] is their number one market, and we appreciate that very much. We also appreciate that they bring such high-quality products and have for such a long time to the guests that come to the Carmel Farmers Market.”
Visit, carmelfarmersmarket.com for a complete list of vendors and events.
Scholars Inn Bakehouse – originally The Bakehouse
Product(s): Baked goods
The Scholars Inn Bakehouse was created 20 years ago to create world-class European breads and pastries. The Bakehouse does not use preservatives in its breads, baked goods and granola.
St. Athanasius Byzantine Catholic Church
Product(s): Baked goods
St. Athanasius creates fresh, traditional, homemade baked goods with authentic ingredients. Nut rolls, poppy seed rolls, kolachy (kolache), pierogi (pyrohy, vereniky), biscotti, pizzelles and pumpkin roll are all available online for purchase.
VanAntwerp’s Farm Market
Product(s): Vegetables, berries, melons, bedding plants, herbs, cut flowers
Contact: Follow VanAntwerp’s Farm Market on Facebook at @vanantwerpfarm
VanAntwerp’s Farm Market was founded in 1977 and is a family-owned business. They do markets in Indy, Bloomington, Carmel, Seymour and a farm market located on the farm (open 7 days a week).
Lisa’s Pies offers award-winning, homemade pies in a jar. It also offers fresh breads, cookies, quiche, pumpkin rolls and more. Visit the website for more details.
Phelps Family Farms
Product(s): Meat, eggs
The Phelps have been participating at CFM every Saturday since the first market. Phelps Family Farm can be found at the Carmel Farmers Market during the summer season and the winter market through March 17 at Carmel.
Fields Farm Fresh Produce
Product(s): Vegetables, herbs and plants
Contact: Follow Fields Farm Fresh Produce on Facebook at @fieldsfarmfresh
Fields Farm has grown fresh local produce, herbs and plants in the Indianapolis metro area since 1978. You can find its products at several local farmers markets and area restaurants that use fresh local ingredients.
Circle City Sweets
Product(s): Baked goods
Circle City Sweets brings its delicious baked goods to the Carmel Farmers Market. Circle City Sweets is known for its delicious breads, cookies, brownies, bars, fruit bars, breakfast, granola, jams and soups.
My Dad’s Sweet Corn
My Dad’s Sweet Corn is a family-owned business that provides the tastiest and highest quality sweet corn possible. The sweet corn is handpicked daily to ensure freshness and the best quality.
Nading Farm produces lettuce, potatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, red raspberries, sunflowers, gladiolus, cut flower bouquets, heirloom tomatoes, black raspberries and its signature whole hog sausage.
For 120 years, Doud Orchards has been helping people say thank you by growing and providing delicious, healthy apples. Doud Orchards is located in the heart of Hoosierland – Denver, Indiana, 10 miles north of Peru.
Product(s): Prepared BBQ riblets, pulled pork, chicken and sides
If you haven’t had the delectable experience of Rosie’s BBQ riblets, pulled pork or her famous sauces, then you will have another reason to visit the Carmel Farmers Market and try her menu items for yourself.
Old Tyme Poppin Corn (Wurks-A-Poppin, Inc.)
Location: Mexico, IN
If you love fresh kettle corn that is made onsite, then be sure to find Old Tyme at the Carmel Farmers Market and bring home a bag or two!
Happy Everything! Catering
Product(s): Freshly prepared salads, dips, and meals.
“We believe great food has a way of lifting people’s spirits. That’s why we’re called Happy Everything! Catering.” Happy Everything! Catering can provide an elegantly tasteful touch to any occasion.
Hunter’s Honey Farm
Product(s): Honey, beeswax candles, honey soap, honey sauces, spun honey, other honey treats
Hunters Honey Farm has been with CFM since its first year. At Hunter’s Honey Farm, they have been making life sweeter for over 100 years. They keep their honey as pure and natural as possible.