Griffith plans to open a weekly outdoor market

2013-04-17T00:00:00Z Griffith plans to open a weekly outdoor marketBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GRIFFITH | A comprehensive, colorful farmers’ market is scheduled to open May 3 in Griffith.

The market will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Friday through the end of September.

Griffith Central Market will feature a variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, herbs, honey, cakes, pastries, pies, cheeses, packaged meats, such as sausages and organic meats, vegan and gluten free foods, sauces and spices, both Italian and Mexican,  artisans displaying crafts and art, and food service venues.

The market will be located adjacent to the pavilion in Central Park along North Broad Street. Ample parking is available.

“Our vision goes beyond the typical farmers’ market. We intend to infuse food, entertainment and the arts and present an exciting weekly festival," said Kathy Ruesken, organizer of the farmers’ market project and member of the Imagine Griffith Committee.

“Our market will be clearly a family event. While adults are browsing our vendors, visiting the wine/craft beer tasting setting in the pavilion, or taking in the entertainment, children can play in the nearby playground.”

The committee plans to recruit 20 to 30 vendors. “At this stage, we are actively looking for the best possible merchants,” Ruesken said. “We feel that the Griffith Central Market will give them an outstanding opportunity to succeed. And initial rental fees for vendors are very reasonable.”

Griffith has earned a regional reputation for hosting an annual art fair known as the “Park Full of Art." The Griffith Central Market intends to build on that reputation and broaden the services offered to the community, Ruesken added.

For more information and how vendors can apply, visit www.griffith.in.gov or email www.centralmarket@griffith.in.gov.

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