The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Folks visit a local honey booth during the 2020 Noblesville Farmers Market; this year's market kicks off the season on Saturday at Federal Hill Commons.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Folks visit a local honey booth during the 2020 Noblesville Farmers Market; this year's market kicks off the season on Saturday at Federal Hill Commons.
The weather's getting warmer. Today, the forecast calls for a high of 83 F in Noblesville. And it’s only four days until May.
Folks are more than ready for the opening of the Noblesville Main Street’s Noblesville Farmers Market this Saturday morning to check out all of the homemade and locally made items.
The market is the oldest and largest in all of Hamilton County with annually more than 70 vendors featuring home-grown fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, jellies, breads, baked goods, flowers, plants, local honey, handmade soaps, jewelry, art, home décor and breakfast items, ice cream, pretzels, lemonade, ribs, veggie pies and more.
The annual market, which runs 8 a.m. to noon at Federal Hill Commons, will be open to the community every Saturday, for the next 24 Saturdays, through Oct. 9.
For those of you who are pondering the idea of being a vendor, applications are still available, although the market is no longer accepting applications for vendors who sell dog food, cookies, soap, lotions and candles, baked goods and cut flowers.
While I love going to the market, finding a parking space in years hasn’t always been easy.
Sometimes, I have driven to the market and found no spaces in the parking lot or along the road, so we park in the BlueSky Commerce parking lot on the hill; there are usually spaces there.
But this year, although we hope for huge crowds, maybe parking will be more plentiful.
Something interesting that I read in this year’s vendor contract, in boldface type. “Any vehicles owned by a vendor or someone working for a vendor, are to be parked as far away from the selling area as possible. If a vendor’s car is left in the main parking lot after 8 a.m., Noblesville Main Street reserves the right to fine the vehicle owner $50.” I find that rule -- which expanded from the 2020 application -- interesting because in the past several years, I’ve noticed vendors parking in the main lot, taking up spaces that could be used for market customers. I’ve seen market customers walking from Kroger parking lot, Ace parking lot and from the Riverview overflow lot, which was the former market location.
This year, to help vendors who need to be right behind their vendor booth, Main Street has allocated eight designated parking spaces near vendor space which may be reserved for an additional $300.) This season, there has also been verbiage added to the vendor contracts about the sale of CBD and Hemp products, which must adhere to federal and state guidelines.
Also, thanks to a Hamilton County Community Foundation award of $2,500, announced by Noblesville Main Street last week, customers who participate in the SNAP program, will be able to debit money from their SNAP cards in return for tokens that can be spent at Farmers Market vendor booths.
Also, mark your calendars this season for two Kids Days at the Market: Aug. 14 and Sept. 18, when young entrepreneurs can set up their wares at the Noblesville Farmer Market with advance registration.
Noblesville Main Street asks that masks be worn at the market while making transactions and while waiting in line. Of course, social distancing is also encouraged.
Besides the farmers market, Main Street has lots of other happenings on its schedule for 2021. Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming weekend events:
-Main Street’s First Friday event in May will showcase spaces in downtown Noblesville during the Upstairs Downtown event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 7.
More than 10 spaces will be open for visitors, including: Parker Mortgage, 960 Logan St.; Lash & Esthetic Studio, 935 Conner St.; 12 Stars Media Studio, 1236 Conner St.; Shine Yoga Studio, 833 Conner St.; Caylor Building, 925 Conner St.; Gordon Marketing building first floor and second floor, 110 N. Ninth St. The Adler Building, 136 S. Ninth St.; and the Hamilton County Museum of History, 810 Conner St. A self-guided tour is $10, while a guided tour with a local historian is $20 per person.Purchase tickets day of the event at the Adler Building at 9th Street and Maple Avenue in downtown Noblesville or online at https://www.noblesvillemainstreet.org/
-The Indiana Peony Festival will be in downtown Noblesville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 22, at Seminary Park, featuring peony judging, floral arranging, bouquet off, peony growers, food trucks, art vendors, floral vendors, fashion vendors, plants, Master Gardeners and more.
-The Noblesville Street Dance, which in 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic, returns in 2021 with a new name, Main Street Block Party, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, with food, beer garden and live music in downtown Noblesville. (That same weekend, Noblesville Lions Club will have its annual Pork Chop Dinner all day on June 4 and pancakes on the morning of June 5, and possibly with more food offerings planned for the Block Party that evening on the Square. Also, the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s tradition of the Darlington Bed Race, which is usually that Friday is expected to be scheduled for the fall.)
-Music & All That Jazz returns four First Fridays this season, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1 on the Courthouse lawn. Chairs and blankets encouraged.
-The Noblesville Duck Race tradition continues,as folks can watch Noblesville Main Street dump 2,000 ducks off the downtown bridge at 3:30 p.m. July 24, during the Duck Race event, which runs 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Buy a duck for $5, and if it’s the first Ducky to cross the finish line, the owner wins $1,000, second- and third-place Ducky winners receive $500 each.
-Chocolate Trail returns the first Friday of September, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 3, with stops at participating merchants for chocolate surprises.
-Fall Fest is First Friday of October, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 with fun fall activities.
-Flannel Fest is First Friday of November, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. Wear your favorite flannel downtown and receive special deals from participating merchants.
-Small Business Saturday weekend encourages folks to shop local in downtown Noblesville on Nov. 27 and 28.
-Deck the Downtown offers favorite holiday festivities the First Friday of December, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, with Santa on the Square, Lights over Seminary lighting ceremony, ice skating at Federal Hill Commons and a trolley to take you everywhere.
-Also on the Main Street calendar is a free Downtown Business Summit at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Primeval Brewing, where participants will hear updates from Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Noblesville Main Street, City of Noblesville and Nickel Plate Arts.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.