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The Madison Main Street Program's Executive Director and Board of Directors congratulate Gina Johnson on her appointment to the Indiana Grown Initiative Commission. The Madison Farmers Market, operated by the Madison Main Street Program, is fortunate to have Gina as its Market Manager. Gina is doing a superb job of managing the Madison Farmers Market and we are confident she will be a valuable contributor to the Indiana Grown Initiative Commission. Gina is now 1 of 10 members recently appointed by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch for the Indiana Grown Initiative Commission.

This opportunity means so much to me as I will be able to not only represent the voices and needs of Farmers Markets on this commission, but I will be there as a representative of the Madison Farmers Market, the Madison Main Street Program, and the City of Madison.

- Gina Johnson, Madison Farmers Market Manager

The Indiana Grown Initiative Commission will represent the voices of the over 1,800 members of the Indiana Grown community...

- Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.

The members of this commission will work closely with the staff of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to provide guidance and support on behalf of the Indiana Grown members. The commission will be chaired by the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and be joined by a representative from Purdue University. The ISDA mission is to "Support growth in Indiana agriculture by serving as an advocate at the local, state and federal level; defining and nurturing economic opportunity in the food, fuel and fiber sectors; and enhancing the stewardship of natural resources on agricultural land..." (ISDA)

Members of this commission include:

  • Natasha Cox – Farm Credit Mid-America

  • Mike Hoopengardner – Indiana Farm Bureau

  • Mayasari Effendi – Mayasari Tempeh

  • Jeff Bricker – Ivy Tech Community College

  • Nicky Nolot – Tolon Restaurant

  • Rachel Boyer – Rachel’s Taste of Indiana

  • Marcus Agresta – Piazza Produce

  • Leigh Rowan – Ft. Wayne Farmer’s Market

  • Gina Johnson – Madison Farmer’s Market

  • Jennifer Rubenstein – Edible Indy

The Madison Farmers Market Committee is delighted with Gina's recent appointment with ISDA. She has been the main driving force in the Market's recent renaissance.

- Jeff Brautigam, Chair, Madison Farmers Market Committee, Vice President, Madison Main Street Program

The Madison Farmers Market, operated by the Madison Main Street Program since 2021, is a year-round 100% Producer-Only market held at the Broadway Fountain every Saturday. Vendors offer nearly everything a local shopper wants or needs: vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, honey, flowers, herbs, plants, soap, shoulder bags, jewelry, gift cards, and art. The Madison Farmers Market is the oldest Farmers Market in the state of Indiana with its beginnings dating back to 1809.

We can't wait to see you in downtown Madison!

Madison Main Street Program

Austin Sims

Executive Director, 812-274-0385


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