The winter market, which runs every Saturday morning (9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.), November through April, will be housed within The Amp, an artisan marketplace and food hall in the 16 Tech Innovation District located at 1220 Waterway Blvd in Indianapolis, IN. The AMP, situated inside the district’s innovation hub, HqO, boasts 20+ restaurants and retailers in colorful shipping containers and food stalls. In addition, the AMP is home to community gathering and event space, featuring fresh food and produce from local chefs and artisans.
Since 2008, the IWFM has provided a venue for Indiana’s sustainably-minded family farms and food producers to sell products throughout the fall and winter, improving the community’s year-round access to fresh, local food. This year, the market looks forward to the return of longstanding vendors and the introduction of new vendors alongside local farmers, food producers, and small businesses selling fresh, regional, and seasonal items.
The IWFM has also announced the return of the Triple-Match SNAP Program, which allows shoppers to turn $20 into $60 of fresh food and produce. This program is made possible by donors, community partners, and individuals. It provides any individual who swipes their SNAP card for $20 to receive an additional $20 of market tokens and $20 of Fresh Bucks checks. The first $20 can be spent on any SNAP-eligible item, and the extra $20 of Fresh Bucks can be spent on produce.
This season visitors to the IWFM will have access to all that 16 Tech, Indy’s Innovation District, has to offer. This 50-acre live-work-innovate community, where The Indy Winter Farmers Market will live, includes The AMP, an expansive artisan marketplace and food hall dedicated to showcasing local culinary entrepreneurs and vendors, currently houses more than 20 restaurant concepts. Sixty-five percent of the open businesses are minority or women-owned and led, with 56 percent being new concepts. All are invited to take part in the winter market.
The IWFM is truly a space for everyone and has become a critical ingredient to our local economy, food systems, and community. In support of the IWFM, 16 Tech will offer free parking to the public from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays from November – April.
Additionally, 16 Tech and the IWFM will be continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, rules, and regulations and adhering to CDC guidelines and the recommendations of state and local health department officials.