To the editor:
One of my favorite activities when visiting a new city is to track down and explore their local farmers market. It’s truly a unique experience every time and is such a great way to get to know the climate, cuisine and culture of your destination.
When my family decided to move to Nashville in August 2016, I immediately started searching the Internet for details on the local farmers market. I had visited Nashville and Brown County several times growing up and was familiar with the area and aware of the value placed on locally produced goods, so I was sure I was missing something when I couldn’t find anything for a farmers market in the town of Nashville. After moving and asking around, I learned that while there was not an already established market in town, there were plans to start one in the spring of 2017, and I was thrilled.
Because the market was just getting started and I was looking to get more established in the community, I decided to take a further leap of faith by signing up as a vendor, for my first time ever. Over the course of the season I made a lot of friends, met many new people in the community, grew my business, and ultimately became a member of the Farmers Market Board.
I am so thankful for what I gained from and was able to contribute to the Nashville Indiana Farmers Market in its first season, but I’m even more excited about the changes and improvements we’re working on for the upcoming 2018 season.
For anyone else out there who is new to the community, or even established residents just looking to try something new, I would highly recommend considering becoming a vendor or even just making a visit to our Sunday market part of your weekly routine.
We’ll be shifting hours this year to better accommodate our customers and vendors, but will still be in the same location in front of the Brown County Inn every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through October.
Thanks again to everyone in the community and our fantastic vendors for your support and participation in 2017, and I’m looking forward to an even better season in 2018.
Kara Hammes, Brown County
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