June 2020 While things will certainly look and feel differently in Carmel this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Carmel Farmers Market Committee has been hard at work planning a market extravaganza that will be held July 4, 2020, at Carter Green during normal market hours. Celebrating Our Independence Day at Carter Green While maintaining proper “physical” distancing protocols, the CFM committee is finalizing its itinerary that will include music at the amphitheater by a group of musicians representing the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and family-friendly activities that—again—will be in accordance with the safety protocols that the market volunteers have put into place along with the governor’s guidelines. CFM President Ron Carter discussed what marketgoers can expect on the Fourth as well as the market committee’s wish to evoke a sense of community and patriotism at our city’s market on our nation’s birthday before they head home or elsewhere to continue their holiday celebration—hopefully, with many wonderful products from the market in tow. “We have reinstituted seating on the green,” Carter explained. “However, it is taking up both the east and west portions of the green so that we have ample physical distancing. We have made our aisles one way so that we can control the number of people strolling down the walkways. We have increased our volunteer presence who pass out hand sanitizer and instruct people on the new layout so they understand where to walk and where to go.” Carter shared that the elevators are open and operating but are limited to 50% capacity and are also equipped with hand sanitizer. “We try to do lots of things that help our volunteers, visitors and vendors, even though we're outdoors where there is much less risk of this virus,” Carter emphasized. “We've tried to make sure that we can keep everyone at the market as safe as possible.” Carter continued, “We will be reinstituting music at the market on July 4. Rather than starting off our entertainment schedule with one of our regularly scheduled artists, we have collaborated with CSO to help give them visibility and give them a boost. It will also be a nice way to move closer towards a ‘normal’ farmers market environment. They will be playing a set list that will include songs from the Great American Songbook as well as patriotic music. We feel that it’s something that CFM can do to help CSO and the market combined, while lifting the spirits of our community even further this coming holiday weekend.” Get Everything You Need for Your Holiday Feast at the Market Come to the market on the morning of July 4 and get everything you need for your holiday spread! From steaks, sausages, burgers, fixings for your salads and sides, fruits and veggies, wine, coffee and tea, chocolates, pies and desserts galore, ready-made meals and sides and a whole array of delectable products from Indiana growers and purveyors—it’s a one-stop-shop experience at the Carmel Farmers Market. Show the vendors some love and help make them feel like a part of our Carmel community by shopping and supporting local at the best farmers market in the region! “Get Fresh on Saturday” and celebrate our nation’s birthday with more than 70 vendors at the Carmel Farmers Market! Be sure to visit the market every Saturday from May 2 through Sept. 26, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For a complete list of vendors and their products, visit carmelfarmersmarket.com.