The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville’s Alec Kosla (pictured) performs with his band, Evans Street Quartet, at a 2018 Noblesville Farmers Market. Kosla will perform Saturday for this season’s kickoff of the market, which runs 8 a.m. to noon.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville’s Alec Kosla (pictured) performs with his band, Evans Street Quartet, at a 2018 Noblesville Farmers Market. Kosla will perform Saturday for this season’s kickoff of the market, which runs 8 a.m. to noon.

It’s hard to believe that the calendar says it’s already the first week of May.

That means it’s also time to rise and shine on Saturday mornings and head to the Noblesville Farmers Market.

The market opens on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon at Federal Hill Commons. It’s the third year for the market to be at the park, which opened in 2017.

Folks attend the Noblesville Farmers Market for many reasons, some to buy produce or flowers, others for breakfast, some just to walk their dogs, and for many to hear the live music.

Local musicians are booked for every Saturday of the market, through Oct. 12, said Lorna Steele, executive director of Noblesville Main Street, which organizes the market.

Saturday’s market kicks off with Alec Kosla of Evans Street Quartet We’ve seen the quartet perform more than once at the Farmers Market, and the foursome is really good. Kosla is leader of the quartet, which is also booked to play the market on May 11. 

Kosla will not only perform on his own on May 4, but also May 18, Aug. 24 and Oct. 12. NHS student Aidan Board, who plays drums with the quartet, also performs with the trio of CHF, will play at the market on Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 5. They’re all either Noblesville High School students or recent graduates.

Another NHS student is Audrey Ouillette, who plays the ukulele, and will perform June 22, July 13, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 at the Farmers Market.
Trevor Mather, a baritone saxophone player and recent NHS grad, will perform May 25 and July 6. Other musicians on the calendar are Jared Thurman, June 8, 15 and 29; Dwayne Conaway, June 1 and Aug. 17; Lois Wielinski, July 20 and Aug. 10; Sara Kays, July 27 and Aug. 3; and Playing for Change, Sept. 21.

This year, there will be 100 vendors, expanding the area from 90, and all spaces are sold out for the season, Steele said.

Vendors arrive early, unpack their wares and set up shop. The vendors fill the large pavement on the park’s west side, they set up booths next to the park’s Green Room banquet facility and they line the sidewalk that curves from the Green Room all the way around the event lawn to the public restrooms building near the playground.

The Farmers Market welcomes kids, and dogs on a leash. A playground is on site.

Also, again this year, one nonprofit group is given free booth space each Saturday to share info about its organization. Each group is eligible for only one Saturday during the 2019 season.

For those who go to the Farmers Market for breakfast, there are lots of consumable choices, from fresh fruits and veggies to take home, to prepared items to eat there. In 2018, we found breakfast sandwiches and wraps filled with eggs, sausage, cheese, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls and freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Again this year, Shine Yoga in downtown Noblesville will be at the Farmers Market the first Saturday of every month offering free yoga classes, adults at 9 a.m. and a kids class at 10 a.m. on the lawn. 

The downtown merchants encourage Noblesville Farmers Market visitors to stay downtown after visiting the market. Also, there is a new trolley, Premier Trolley Co., running from downtown to the market each Saturday.

What else is going on this weekend? 

-Noblesville Main Street’s First Friday Upstairs Downtown is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with 13 spaces open for tours. Visit https://noblesvillemainstreet.org/ for tickets, at $10 each self-guided, or $20 for tour guide, during the hours of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

-Hamilton County Artists’ Association First Friday artists reception, with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, is open to the community from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St., with live art demonstrations by artists Walt Thacker, Barb McEvoy and Greg Clack. 

-Nickel Plate Arts offers First Friday activities from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the unveiling of “Young Artists,” an exhibit that highlights art from elementary school students from seven Noblesville school art programs. Guests can enjoy live music, refreshments, beverages and also a local artist showcase by Richard Parker.

-On Monday, folks are invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a catered lunch from Chipotle and bingo at Noblesville Parks’ Forest Park Inn. This 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. luncheon is intended for ages 45 and older, according to the City’s website. Cost is $10, $12 nonresident. For a full list of the parks’ spring events or to register, visit Noblesvilleparks.org or call 317-776-6350.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com. Read more about Farmers Market musicians in the Betsy Reason column in upcoming editions of The Times.