Would you like to go on a tour of the Batesville Farmers Market so you can get a glimpse of all they have to offer?
I thought you might. So when I visited on Saturday, I took my camera and a notebook with me.
Batesville Farmers Market Tour
The Batesville Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning, May through October, from 8am to 11am.
It’s located near the Fifth Third Bank at the corner of Boehringer and Main Street in Batesville Indiana.
The Olde Garden Shack
Our tour begins at The Olde Garden Shack’s booth.
That’s Market Master Christy Ludwig pictured reaching over the table to help a customer.
This is the largest booth at the Batesville Farmers Market. It’s manned by several members of the Ludwig family, including a couple of their adorable and helpful kids.
The Olde Garden Shack sells a wide variety of vegetables and melons. In the spring, they have pansy’s and hanging baskets and in the fall, mums and pumpkins.
They operate a retail store on State Rd 46 in Batesville in addition to selling their goods at this and several other markets in the area. Be sure to check out their website to see more of what they have to offer.
Stienfort Flower Farm
The Steinfort Flower Farm booth is filled with fresh cut, local flowers for sale.
Aren’t they beautiful! I wanted to take them all home with me!
You can call the Stienforts at (812) 934-4598 to order flowers if you can’t make it to the Market on Saturdays.
St. Peter’s Busy Bee Acres
Lisa Holman and her very cute helpers greeted me at her booth where she sells maple syrup, honey, jellies, jams and baked goods.
It’s all produced on her Sunman Indian farm.
They sell fresh eggs and berries in season occasionally as well.
The Holman family can be reached at (513) 236-3343.
Sam Robinson sells vegetables, gourds and blueberries (in season) at the Batesville Farmers Market.
He said he has a small operation and he doesn’t sell anywhere else.
The Baker Farm
The Baker Farm is located in Oldenburg Indiana. Jim and Jan Baker offer vegetables, eggs, berries, jams and jellies in their Batesville Farmers Market booth.
You can reach the Baker’s by calling (812) 216-6334
Paul’s booth is filled with handcrafted wood items. He makes bowls, canes, walking sticks and more. My pictures don’t do these works of art justice.
To order, you can reach Paul at his Batesville wood shop by calling (812) 934-4072.
Doll’s Orchard sells several varieties of apples at the Batesville Farmers Market. They are grown by George and Patty Doll in Oldenburg.
The Doll granddaughter, pictured below, was helping out when I visited Saturday.
Check out their website to see what varieties they are picking now, or for directions to their Orchard.
Linda Vincent Cakes
Linda Vincent is a custom baker from Batesville. She had cookies and cakes for sale on Saturday, along with information about and pictures of the beautiful wedding cakes and delicious sounding cheesecakes she creates.
You can get in contact with Linda about placing an order through her Facebook Page or by calling (812) 934-3599.
Meyer’s Produce is one of the larger booths at the Batesville Farmers Market. They sell a lots of vegetables and melons.
Matt Meyer, who mans the booth every Saturday, lives in Sunman Indiana. If you’d like to order produce and pick it up on the farm, call him at (812) 209-9217.
The Meyer’s Farm also has a Facebook Page, but Matt told me they just don’t have much time to keep it updated.
June Apothecary’s booth is filled with handmade pure soy candles, wax melts and bath and body products.
Small Acres Family Farm
Small Acres Family Farm is run by John Small and his family. They sell pastured pork, all natural chicken, eggs, no-spray vegetables and homemade scones at the market.
Those scones must have been good, because they were selling like crazy!
John also sells grass fed beef, but you have to order that.
You can contact the Smalls on Facebook or by calling (812) 623-8500.
Bright Soap Works
Elmira Wilke creates handmade soaps and lotions in her Bright Indiana home.
She or her husband Ed sell them each week in their Batesville Farmers Market booth.
To place an order, call Elmira at (812) 637-2499 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salatin’s Orchard grows a lot more than just fruit! There booth is full of lots and lots vegetables too.
To me, this looks like the second largest booth at the Batesville Farmers Market.
When I visited on Saturday, they were selling peaches, apples, grapes and plums along with tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, onions and more.
Salatin’s Orchard is owned and operated by Richard Salatin and his wife. They live on Chesterville Road in Moores Hill Indiana.
They operate a large on farm store that you can shop at on their farm.
You can reach them by calling (812) 744-3481. Be sure to visit their Facebook Page as well.
Tub Creek Farms
Bonnie Robbins sells goat cheese, goat meat and goat milk caramel sauce at the farmers market.
Did you know that goat is the most popular red meat in the world?
If you’ve never tried it, I encourage you to. I really like it.
Tub Creek Farms also offers goat milk heard shares.
You can get in touch with Bonnie and Tub Creek Farms through their Facebook Page or at (812) 934-3010.
Sarah’s Guilt Free Sweets and Treats
Sarah is from Sunman Indiana. She bakes up gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free sweets and kale chips to sell at the Batesville Farmers Market each week.
She will do custom baking upon request.
You can get a better look at what Sarah cooks up on her Facebook Page.
Breads, Cookies and Dog Treats
This booth has yummy looking breads, cookies and even handmade dog treats!
The booths owner didn’t want her name published online, but she said it was Ok if I took a picture to use in this post.
Blossom Family Farm
The Blossom Family Farm sells herbs, soy free eggs and a few vegetables at the Market each week. The both owner gave me permission to list his farm’s name in this post and use his photograph, but he doesn’t want to be listed in our directory yet.
He has never heard of Real Food Southeastern Indiana. I think he was taken aback by someone offering free advertising online.
I have a lot of respect for a cautious, skeptical person. I can be one myself. But I hope he changes his mind about being listed on the website. I have two friends who’d love to find a local supplier of soy free eggs.
October 2015 Update: Blossom Family Farm decided to have me add them to our listings! You will now find them listed under eggs.
Jeremiah’s chickens are forage fed in rotational paddocks and supplemented with an organic soy free and GMO free layer ration. They also have an egg delivery service. To learn more you can reach Jeremiah @ (765) 647-2911
A Few More
There were a few more booths set up at the Batesville Farmers Market who’s owners didn’t want to be pictured or mentioned by name online.
I introduced myself first and asked permission before taking any pictures. I wouldn’t like it one bit if a stranger was snapping my photo without asking first.
These were small booths run by older people.
One of them said they didn’t use the internet and they didn’t like phone calls. This made me laugh because it reminded me of a relative of mine.
The other one was run by a man that had just turned 80. He told me he thinks this is his last year being a vendor at the Market. I smiled and told him I thought he deserved a rest from it if that’s what he wanted.
And as I walked away, I hoped in my heart that there is a young person somewhere in Ripley or Franklin County that is learning to be a farmer right now to take his place. Because that’s what our community needs if this beautiful Farmers Market is going to continue to be here for our children and grandchildren.
More Tours To Come!
I hope to take you on a tour of several other markets in and around Ripley and Dearborn County soon!!
Hint, Hint………….I also hope that some of you, our readers, will volunteer to take your camera and a notebook to a few farmers markets in your neck of the woods and share what you discover here with all of us. Email or message me if you’d like details on what doing so would entail.
Are you a local food lover or a proud Hoosier?
If you are, we hope you’ll keep in touch!