Southsider Voice writer
Nancy Miller was on her way home from the YMCA four years ago when envisioning a farmers market in Southport. After meeting with Mayor Jesse Testruth to discuss her idea, an agreement was made for such a market. The rest, as they say, is history.
Miller is ambitiously preparing to open the market May 10, and it’s her goal to make it a must-stop place for anyone who appreciates locally grown vegetables, honey maple syrup, baked goods, dairy products (home delivery available from Oberweis Dairy), fruits, meat, poultry and gardening and landscaping items.
Twelve vendors have registered to sell their wares, and Miller is hoping for at least five more.
The market, located at Bethel Community Church, 2810 E. Southport Road, will have a sister market at St. John’s United Methodist Church,
Miller explained that the Southport market has enjoyed gradual growth, mostly because of its reputation for quality products. She anticipates this to be the best year yet. “Most of the people who go to this market like to buy products that are fresh and local. The majority of products that will be available are organic and healthier for you,” she said.
The market plans to offer the Women, Infant and Children and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional programs to ensure that needy people have access to fresh vegetables and fruit.
Miller was adamant that everyone knows that everything sold at the markets are grown in Indiana. “We have one vendor who sells tomatoes that have been on the vine since February. All of our vendors must grow their stuff in our state, which is why you will not see anything like bananas since they are not grown in this state.”
She was quick to point out how the products at both markets are fresher and taste better when compared to what is sold at grocery stores. They also have more nutritional value, she added. “And you won’t believe our prices.”
The Southport market will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 3-6 p.m. Thursdays; the market at St. John’s will be open from 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning May 11. People interested in becoming vendors can call Miller at 431-3267.