TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A community staple made its 2023 debut as the Terre Haute Farmers Market kicked off the new year at The Meadows Shopping Center.

Around two dozen vendors were on hand for the event, which ran from 8 a.m. to noon. Market manager Carrie Schoffstall it’s a great chance to support local business owners.

“Over the last few years, it’s really come to our attention just how important it is to support our local businesses, to shop small and to shop local,” she said. “We love having an opportunity to give those vendors and those small business people an opportunity and a voice.”

The Meadows hosts the markets on a monthly basis throughout the winter– it picks up to weekly once the weather gets warmer. Schoffstall said, despite a slower January market due to the recent winter storm, it’s a great opportunity to get fresh ingredients. 

“It’s difficult to shop at the grocery store right now because prices have increased so much,” she said. Because we’re shopping local and we have minimal transportation costs, our farmer’s have been able to maintain their prices more than larger companies. You can buy local, fresh organic produce for prices that compare to what you’re finding at the grocery store, and that’s really exciting our farmers here.”

The next market will be on Saturday, Feb. 4th. April will be the first month with multiple markets.