Updated: Dec 3, 2021
February 18, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Madison Main Street Program has announced that it will take over the management of the Madison Farmer’s Market beginning in May 1, 2021. This change comes after a yearlong discussion with the Market Advisory Committee.
“Madison Main Street program is excited to begin managing the Farmers Market of Madison, Indiana. Many consistent shoppers at our downtown businesses, also frequent the Farmers Market each Saturday and we know this synergy will continue our mission to support local businesses, farmers, producers, and creators,” said Main Street Executive Director Austin Sims.
The Madison Farmers Market is the oldest farmer’s market in the state of Indiana with its roots stretching to the city’s founding in 1809. Many elements of the farmer’s market will remain the same including the summer hours. The farmer’s market will remain located at the Broadway Fountain every Saturday 8am to Noon from April to October.
The Market Advisory Committee will continue to run the winter farmer’s market until the Madison Main Street Program takes over management in May. Members of the Market Advisory Committee are committed to maintaining their involvement in the farmer’s market by joining as members of the Madison Main Street Farmer’s Market Committee.
“This transition is really good news: it's an indication that the market is growing. The vendors have been running market for the last five or so years now, and we're excited to say that we've outgrown ourselves! We're excited that by bringing market under Main Street, we can bring in some real expertise with marketing and publicity, grant writing, and just growing the number of customers and vendors. Main Street was clear from the start that they want farmers and vendors to have lots of input and to serve on the market committee. It just feels like a natural and strong relationship,” said Market Advisory Committee chair Liz Brownlee.
Madison was one of the first three original Main Street pilot communities in the United States, which started in 1977. Madison Main Street, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is designated by Indiana Main Street as a nationally accredited Main Street America program.
The local Main Street organization sponsors many projects that assist businesses and bring people downtown, including Music in the Park, Girls’ Weekend, and the Main Street Loft Tour. For more information or for questions about the 2021 Madison Farmer’s Market, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-274-0385.