Indiana Grown Marketplace open for business at state fair
The Indiana State Fair is in full swing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis. The multi-week event has many more days of operation left and opportunities to shop local at the Indiana Grown Marketplace in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building.
“Like many Hoosiers, I enjoy shopping local in support of Hoosier farmers and small businesses,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “That is why the Indiana Grown Marketplace is one of my first and favorite stops at the Indiana State Fair. It is always fun to see what is new each year.”
Shoppers can be immersed in a storefront solely featuring Indiana grown, processed, packaged or produced products. In addition to shopping, the store also features educational displays, product sampling and demonstrations from artisans showcasing their craft.
The Indiana Grown Marketplace at the state fair boasts more than 80 vendors and contains nearly 500 unique products, including hand-crafted sauces, salsa, drink mixes, popcorn, spices and more. Shoppers can also find ready-to-eat products like cured meats, chocolates and candies. There is also cold local root beer and bottled tea as well as a variety of artisan-made products one can use daily such as wool dryer balls, yarn, skin-care regimes and hand-poured candles.
“The Indiana Grown Marketplace at the Indiana State Fair is an incredible opportunity for our members to market their products and for consumers wanting to support Hoosier businesses,” said Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture. “I encourage everyone to stop by and support local businesses on their Indiana State Fair visit. There is truly something for everyone.”
The Indiana State Fair runs until Aug. 21 (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.