Muncie supports several mobile and farmers’ markets to ensure residents have access to local produce and goods. Ball State University is partnering with area nonprofits and producers to establish a Food Hub Partnership, Hoosier Roots, to strengthen connections among producers and consumers.
Farmers Market at Minnetrista
With nearly 80 vendors, Farmers Market at Minnetrista—held year-round—is the largest in Muncie, offering everything from homemade noodles and desserts, to fresh produce, locally-sourced honey and fresh meat and dairy.
The market, located on the north side of Minnetrista’s campus, is a gathering place. In warmer months, residents sit while enjoying coffee and hot sandwiches before shopping for produce and local goods. On the last Saturday of every month, from June to October, the site features cooking demonstrations that feature produce available at the market. During the winter, the festivities move inside Minnetrista’s main building.
MITS operates routes to Minnetrista, and as of August 2017, Ball State has offered a free shuttle from campus to the market.
Address: 311 West St. Joseph Street, Muncie, IN. The winter market is in the Center Building at 1200 North Minnetrista Pkwy.
When: Year-round on Saturdays
Time: 8 a.m.-noon, May through October; 9 a.m.-noon, November through April
Payments accepted: Credit card, Women, Infants, and Child (WIC), Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons and IU Health Bucks.
Yorktown Farmer’s Market
This farmer’s market is open air and offers a variety of products. These include produce, meat, cheese, pickles, honey, crafts, jewelry and more.
Address: 1901 S. Tiger Drive in Yorktown, Indiana
When: June through mid-October on Wednesdays
Time: 4:30-7 p.m.
Payments accepted: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons.
Open Door Farmer’s Market
This market is operated by Open Door Health Services and offers vendors such as Spangler’s Farm Market, Landess Farms, the Schrock Family Farm, Pinehurst Farms and a couple of mobile markets. Their mission is to “provide employees, patients, and community members with fresh and readily available produce and make it easier for everyone to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the community.”
Address: 333 S Madison St in Downtown Muncie
When: July through mid to late October, Tuesday-Thursday
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Payments Accepted: Cash, Checks, Women, Infants, and Child (WIC), Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons, and IU Health Bucks.
The Makers Market
The Makers Market is similar to the farmers markets, but it also offers homemade crafts. It is held June through October. Moth Danner, the founder of the Makers Market, hopes to improve food deserts and is popular with vendors.
Address: Located in the parking lot of the Friends Memorial Church in the Old West End neighborhood of Muncie.
When: Every Saturday, May – October
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
Payments accepted: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Northern Tropics Greenhouse
This is a local farm that grows a variety of unusual plants and vegetable plants such as bananas, palms, tomatoes, peppers and much more! They sell at the Farmers Market at Minnetrista. Their farm is also open for those wanting to stop by.
Address: 1501 East Fuson Road, Muncie, IN 47302
When: Monday through Saturday
Time: 12-6 p.m.
Payments Accepted: N/A
Landess Farm Market Daleville
They are committed to growing clean, fresh produce and offer a variety of activities on the farm. One of these activities is their farmer’s market, which is a great way to see all of the products they offer!
Address: 6000 WCR 700 South, Daleville, IN 47334
When: Sunday through Friday
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Payments Accepted: Women, Infant, and Child (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons.
Flavor Fresh Mobile Market Tree Hill Farms
Tree Hill Farms is dedicated to providing communities with fresh, flavorful, local food and the surrounding area. Locations, start times and options vary, so make sure you check out the site!
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Muncie Food Hub Partnership
In 2015, Ball State designated $300,000 to supporting a food hub to increase the supply of local produce and goods. Since then, a team of community leaders and Ball State professors have supported the effort to create a food distribution system that invites producers to distribute to one location, which then supplies institutions and consumers with produce and goods.
The food hub, named Hoosier Roots, has held several local food summits to discuss overall issues facing the community, including poverty and access, as well as obstacles associated with realizing a food hub, including a lack of cold storage/warehousing space and financing.
In addition to a warehouse, Hoosier Roots is exploring a mobile market that would distribute local produce throughout the community, focusing on food deserts. When the hub gets up and running, it will join three existing food hubs in Indiana—Hoosier Harvest Market in Greenfield, the Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend and This Old Farm in Colfax/Clinton County. According to a state department of agriculture study published in May, food hubs have been proposed in Batesville, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Columbus. [Learn more]