April 2021 Who\u2019s ready for the Carmel Farmers Summer Market? The volunteer committee is more than ready to welcome us all back for a season that will look, feel and sound more like summer seasons from the past! When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Limoncello! While it\u2019s important to support the Indiana purveyors and growers that participate in the market every Saturday, it is equally important for the market goers to experience a sense of community that inherently comes with attending CFM every Saturday at Carter Green. With the pandemic in play, it has been a challenge, to say the least, for any organization to create a sense of normalcy and tradition without major pivoting and reinvention. The dedicated CFM volunteers put in over 580.25 volunteer hours at the market last season, planning and implementing, and their efforts paid off. \u201cWe were able to provide good, safe and wholesome food to the citizens of Carmel and beyond,\u201d Ron Carter, president of CFM, said. \u201cWe had volunteers so dedicated to the market\u2014it was literally almost open for two years every Saturday. We pivoted and overcame obstacles. I think it\u2019s good that we continue to be a volunteer organization because all the other markets that are municipally run didn\u2019t run . We were able to welcome people and make sure that many of our vendors continued to have a livelihood.\u201d CFM vice president Deborah Schmitz added, \u201cWe revamped the sites to make it safe for everybody by dividing the booth spaces so there is separation from the people next to them, giving that 6-foot barrier, and we did signage everywhere to keep it a one-way traffic pattern, which worked very well.\u201d Carter was pleased to report that the market did not have any contact-tracing come back to the market last summer. \u201cWe had no indication from any of the authorities that there was any traceable back to the market,\u201d Carter stated. \u201cWe had masks and hand sanitizer that were supplied by the Carmel Fire Department.\u201d CFM created new traditions that came out of a season when \u201cYou can\u2019t do that\u201d was the mantra for most typical traditions. The market held a walking parade on July 4, absent the city\u2019s renowned holiday traditions. And Carter arranged for a stilt walker and a flyover! Carter has arranged for more flyovers on Saturday, May 1 and Saturday, July 3! \u201cBecause we stayed open an extra month in October\u2014we usually shut down for two weeks before the winter market\u2014we were here on Halloween,\u201d Schmitz shared. \u201cWe dressed in costumes, had a scavenger hunt and \u2018musical pumpkins.\u2019\u201d She added, \u201cLast year was a challenge, but it has been fun!\u201d The market is going to boast a lot of new additions to add to the joyous Saturday morning rituals, as well as welcome the return of classic market features, such as weekly live music and fresh and delicious food offerings for market goers to devour and enjoy while shopping, congregating with family and friends and taking in the splendor that only Carmel Farmers Market can generate throughout Carter Green in the heart of Carmel. Get Fresh on Saturday, May 1 Schmitz was excited to share that the majority of their regular and devout vendors are returning this summer, and they\u2019re adding nine new vendors to the CFM family! \u201cOur volunteers are all coming back, and we\u2019ve got a few new volunteers joining us this season,\u201d Schmitz said. \u201cThey are so excited and are promoting the market left and right!\u201d For a complete list of returning and NEW vendors, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com. Join us at the Summer Market at Carter Green for opening day on Saturday, May 1 from 8 \u2013 11:30 a.m.! MAY 1, 2021 Blair Clark Entertainment Take a little pop, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of jazz, and the result is the electrifying sounds of Blair Clark. MAY 8, 2021 Bryce Ernest Taylor Entertainment Bryce's smooth lead vocal is accented by electronically enhanced harmonies, interesting instrumentation and rhythms. MAY 15, 2021 Island Party Entertainment Caribbean music. MAY 22, 2021 Tim Wright Entertainment Tim Wright has a voice as nimble as his fingers, picking a seemingly endless succession of stringed instruments. MAY 29, 2021 Witch Hazel Valley People Entertainment American roots and Western swing music. You're bound to sing, clap your hands and go to cuttin' the rug! JUNE 5, 2021 Island Breeze Entertainment Two steel drums, keyboard, guitar, Island hand percussion and great vocals make this band unique.