Indiana Grown Marketplace features local products
The Indiana State Fair is in full swing now at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis. The multi-week fair has many more days of operation left and plenty of opportunities to shop local at the Indiana Grown Marketplace in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building.
“The Indiana Grown Marketplace is one of my favorite stops at the Indiana State Fair,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Not only can I find Hoosier-made products, but I can also try new products and, occasionally, meet the makers themselves who are roaming the store. The store isn’t just a place to shop; it is an experience.”
Shoppers can be immersed in a storefront featuring only Indiana grown, processed, packaged or produced products. In addition to shopping, the store also features educational displays and artisan demos showcasing their craft, like yarn spinning, soap carving and more.
The Indiana Grown Marketplace at the state fair has more than 80 vendors and contains nearly 500 products, like hand-crafted sauces, salsa, drink mixes, dried pastas and spices. Shoppers can also find ready-to-eat products like cured meats, chocolate and candy. There is cold local root beer, kombucha and ice cream as well as artisan-made products for daily use like wool dryer balls, yarn, skincare regimes, hand-poured candles and more.
“The Indiana Grown Marketplace is a wonderful experience for both shoppers and Indiana Grown members,” said Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture. “Our members are the heart and soul behind the storefront and without them this experience wouldn’t be possible. I encourage everyone to shop local this fair season at the Marketplace. There is something for everyone.”
The Indiana State Fair runs until Aug. 22 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and the Agriculture/Horticulture Building, where the Indiana Grown Marketplace is located, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn more about Indiana Grown at indianagrown.org.