Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Summer Market hours, location and dates for the 2018 Season?

The Market is held every Saturday morning from May through September on Carmel’s Center Green, located adjacent to the Palladium concert hall. Hours are 8 to 11:30 AM.

Where do I park at the Summer Market?

We have FREE, safe parking in two City of Carmel parking garages. At the 600 space Tarkington parking garage, adjoining the Center Green campus, you can step out of your car, walk a maximum of 150 feet, take the elevator to the first floor and you are in the heart of the Market. Enter this garage off 3rd Avenue SW. You can also park in the Veterans Way parking garage. To enter this garage just go a half block south of the intersection of Carmel Dr. and Rangeline Road. Then follow the signs to Veterans Way. From your spot in this garage you simply walk across the Monon Trail and you are in the Market. By parking in either garage your car is out of the summer sun that can wilt your purchases on the way home.

How many people attended last summer’s Market?

During our 2017 season we had a record attendance of nearly 85,000 guests during the summer. For this year's twentieth anniversary season we expect, depending on the weather, nearly 90,000 visitors.

What products are permitted for sale at the Winter/Summer Markets?

Only Indiana-grown or produced agricultural products may be sold at the Market. A rare exception may be made for agricultural products that are not grown in Indiana.

No craft items of any type are allowed.

Are Pets Allowed?

Pets are NOT permitted on the Market grounds in order to protect the health, safety and sanitation of the Market.

How can I keep up with what is going on at the Markets?

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Are there other things I might want to know about the Carmel Farmers Markets?

  • Vendors must reside in Indiana.
  • Foods prepared off-site must be made in a certified kitchen. No "home prepared" foods are allowed.
  • At least 50% of the products sold at the Market must be grown and/or produced by the Vendor. The remainder can only be purchased directly from another grower (with the exception of beverages). No products sold at the Market may be purchased from a middleman such as a commission house, food broker or auction. The Market has a Vendor Relations Committee that visits our Vendors prior to and during the growing season to make sure this rule is followed. At times the Committee will even ask Vendors for receipts for purchased produce.
  • The Carmel Farmers Market was founded in 1999. It is managed by an all-volunteer board.
  • We welcome inquiries from prospective new Vendors. Whether you are an experienced farmers market participant with a traditional product, or you have a new food item you would like to begin to market, feel free to contact us. If you do become interested in actually being a Vendor at the Market, please read our Prospective Vendors section, then submit an application by clicking on the link at the bottom of that page.
  • Carmel-based community groups have access to the space we have set aside for that purpose. If you would like more information about the Community space, contact us for a copy of our Guidelines for Community Group Participation.
  • The Market is made possible by the financial support of civic-minded sponsors. For the Summer Market, our presenting sponsor is IU Health – North Hospital. The Winter Market at the Wire Factory is made possible through the cooperation of the Pedcor Companies.