Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market (FWFM) was established in September of 2012, when it was realized that several customers were left without fresh meats, produce and baked goods in the fall/winter months. Also many vendors who were left without a great venue to sell their items and for sustainable income for their family once the summer markets were over for the season. With all of this information it was realized that an bustling indoor market was desired and a possibile. We got to work and within 6 weeks a year round market was born, formed and functioning.
Shortly after our first year operating, we decided on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month. After much discussion amongst our vendors and FWFM volunteers. We made the decision that our goal of being a year-round, weekly market was finally ready to become reality. In the fall of 2016, we began our first weekly indoor season.
One thing we feel that sets us apart from other markets is that we hold our vendors to some pretty stringent standards. We perform routine farm inspections for all of our farm vendors. We do this to ensure that auction produce and wholesale items are not being brought into our market. Sure, I’m guessing that some of that still does occur, but we try our absolute best to ensure that it doesn’t. We also are now requiring any home based vendors or sampling vendors have their ServSafe certificate. Everything at our market must be from within a 100 mile radius. In many cases, it’s from 50 miles or less. We also maintain a strict 80/20 rule when it comes to the vendors we allow into the market. Most markets end up being, 90% farm/food or natural products, while just 10% Artisan/Craft. Our goal first and foremost, is to be a farmers market. We are here to support and help our vendors, and firmly believe that the market will only be successful if the vendors are.
Locations, Times for our year round farm market:
Hours: 9AM to 1PM every Saturday.
Barr Street and Wayne St. in the historical footprint of the the original Barr St. Market. Find us from the middle of May through September for all of your families needs.
Parkview Field in the Lincoln Financial Event Center, this is located at the corner of Douglas and Webster St. We are here from the first Saturday in October to the middle of May.
We hope to have a permanent location for our customers and vendors in the new Electric Works (former GE campus) On Swinney Ave. off of Broadway. This is located SW of the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, but still easily accessible to other great events taken place and the new River Front Development.
(See: Market Dates)
Weather & Pet policies:
Winter - Snow Emergency issued by the County,
Summer - Tornado warnings past 10AM
Service Animals/Dogs: Because our indoor market is held at Parkview Field, only documented and trained service animals are able to be on the concourse and in the Lincoln Financial Event Center. We hope that everyone understands that when it’s not a farmers market, it’s a dining room and we try to be mindful of this. We have no control over this policy please contact Parkview Field directly for questions or concerns.
Summer Market, we like to see pets being brought to the summer market. Owners should follow the city’s guidelines while at the market. We like it when pets are just as excited to be there as their owners, but Please be respectful, clean up any waste left by them.