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  • Photos Courtesy Kosciusko County Farmers and Artisans Market The Kosciusko Farmers Market provides a place for artisans and crafters to show off their work.

  • The Kosciusko County Farmers Market has many vendors with homemade and homegrown items.

  • The Kosciusko County Farmers Market offers produce such as strawberries.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:00 am

Markets expanding offerings

Crafters take places next to fresh produce

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Farmers markets have grown up, and those in northeast Indiana are more than just fresh tomatoes and sweet watermelon.

Produce is still the linchpin, but more will be on display this summer – from art and bread to crafts and even entertainment.

“We worked really hard to try to make our farmers market that earliest form of a small-business incubator,” said Rob Miller, executive team member with Huntington's Downtown Farmers Market. “A lot of folks in town have a lot of individual talents.”

The Huntington market is on Wednesdays – as opposed to the more traditional Saturday – and he hopes people see it as a midweek opportunity to restock their fresh foods. This year's market has moved locations to accommodate additional vendors. It is also adding demonstrations and music.

It's the fourth year for Huntington while some others have been around longer.

The Decatur Farmers Market has operated since 2009, and Chad Hunter has been manager for the last five years.

He said the market opened in May and the early season is all about fresh flowers, including hanging baskets.

Hunter said in the beginning of June vendors will ramp up to produce – the marquee item of the summer. In the fall, mums will arrive. Handmade items and homemade baked goods are also available.

Here is what you need to know about your regional farmers markets:

New Haven Farmers Market

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from June 21 through Sept. 20

Where: Schnelker Park, 956 Park Ave.

What: Produce, jewelry, arts, crafts, baked good, breads, honey, syrup and live music each week

Whitley County Farmers Market

When: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays though Oct. 28; 2:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 28

Where: The Saturday market lines three street blocks around the Whitley County Courthouse in Columbia City; the Wednesday market is at the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, intersection of U.S. 30 and Indiana 205.

What: Boasts nearly 50 vendors including seasonal vegetables and fruits, bedding plants, eggs and meats, jams and honey as well as musical guests and artisans

Huntington's Downtown Farmers Market

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through October

Where: Along Cherry Street, adjacent to public library and police department

What: New larger space can host crafters, artists, farmers, bakers, music and food trucks

Decatur Farmers Market

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Decatur Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 125 E. Monroe St.

What: Fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, preserves and baked goods; about a dozen vendors now and that will ramp up to more than 30

Kosciusko County Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28

Where: Center Street in Warsaw, between Buffalo and Lake streets

What: Produce and flowers; artists and crafters also will have homemade items

Downtown Auburn Farmers Market

When: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, ending late October

Where: East Side of Main Street, between Seventh and Ninth streets

What: Grows to more than 30 vendors in the late summer; items include produce, flowers, herbs, spices, baked goods

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