Our Farm Locations
Boner Fitness & Learning Center
This farm location is what we call our hub. It houses two shipping containers where we pack and store harvest, tools and educational materials. It’s also where we host our weekly Thursday Farm Stand in summer months. It serves as a space for weekly yoga classes in the summer and most of our public programming and classes. At this location, we farm in raised beds, in the ground and in green houses.
RAISED BEDS: Our work at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center (BFLC) began in 2012, managing 2,500 square feet of raised beds. We continue to grow roots, perennial herbs, edible flowers and more in this area. It also serves as a great learning space for groups on the farm.
IN-GROUND: In 2014, the farm expanded space from raised into a 13,000 square foot direct planting area, making this our largest site. The public is invited to purchase produce here during our Summer Farm Stand, and it is the site for our Produce On-Demand pickup. Visitors will save money by purchasing our low-cost produce, actually see where their food was grown, and have the chance to ask questions about preparing, storing or growing produce on their own. During this time, we also have local guest businesses selling coffee and treats, kraut, eggs, and bread.
GREENHOUSE: In addition to the Raised Bed and In-Ground areas on this site, we also manage two 1,000 square foot greenhouses in partnership with The Boner Center and Arsenal Tech HS. Plants for all of our sites are started from seed in these greenhouses and are transplanted throughout the season. We are also able to sell plant starts to the public and many area schools in early spring thanks to our greenhouses. In winter, we grow microgreens, pea shoots and sunflower shoots in the greenhouses, which helps to sustain our business through one of the toughest farming seasons in Indiana.
Cottage Home Neighborhood Farm Spaces
We farm two lots in Cottage Home. The first is highly visible at the corner of Michigan and Oriental Streets. It is a 2,200-square-foot micro-farm, nestled on a residential lot. The lot is in a high-traffic area for cars, buses, bikes and pedestrians, allowing people to see and think about the role of urban agriculture in residential areas. The lot has been part of various urban farming operations since 2008, and Growing Places Indy has managed the site since 2012.
The second site is the newest of all of our GPI farm sites and is about the same size as the corner lot. It sits between a few houses on Dorman Street between St. Clair and 9th Street.
White River State Park Farm
Located between the JW Marriott Hotel on Washington Street and the Indiana State Museum, we have been growing food at the farm at White River State Park since 2010. This farm site is nearly 6,000 square feet.
Because of this garden’s unique location, more than 3.5 million visitors each year have the opportunity to interact with this urban farming site. Our hope is that it stimulates visitors to ask questions about the role of urban agriculture in Indianapolis and in their home countries, cities and towns.
Support Our Farms
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Indy Winter Farmers Market
Join us at the Growing Places Indy Winter Farmers Market every Saturday, November through April from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Indy Winter Farmers Market hosts over 75 local vendors and is located at
the Circle City Industrial Complex (1125 E Brookside Ave).
The IWFM has three primary goals:
To provide a venue for Indiana’s sustainably minded family farms and small batch food producers to connect to the community and grow their businesses.
To create a fun and interactive environment which improves everyone’s access to local fresh food.
To provide an opportunity for individuals and local businesses in Indianapolis to invest in community wellness.
To apply to be a vendor for the upcoming market season, please fill out the online forms below and submit all required documentation.
- IWFM 2019-2020 Vendor Application
- Vendor Agreement Form
- Criteria for Vendor Selection
- Pay New Vendor Application Fee
- Pay Accepted Vendor Deposit (please only pay this deposit once you have been officially accepted into the market for the 2019/2020 season)
- Marion County Public Health Department – Food and Consumer Safety Information
The market hosts a weekly community table featuring many community partners, a kids’ area full of fun seasonal activities, a live band and café area, and a donation-based yoga class at Soundspace, located next door to the market entrance.
Location and Hours
The Indy Winter Farmers Market runs every Saturday from November through April from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We are located in the Circle City Industrial Complex at 1125 E Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (NW corner of East 10th and Brookside Ave).
Transportation and Parking
Cars: Shoppers can enjoy free parking directly in front of the new market entrance. Once heading north on Brookside, take the first left for a cut out lot with limited spaces. If those are full, head a few feet more north on Brookside and use the lot on the right-hand side of the road. This lot has over 500 free parking spaces.
Bicyclists: There is plenty of bike parking right outside the market space and near Centerpoint Brewery.
Bus Riders: IndyGo Lines 10 and 21 make stops within a short walking distance to the Circle City Industrial Complex on Saturdays. Plan your route here.
The Growing Places Indy Winter Farmers Market is looking for sponsors and partners who would like to invest in fresh, local, affordable food for all through this incredible weekly community event.
To learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact our Executive Director, Victoria Beaty.
The SNAP matching program at the IWFM is one way GPI helps our community by increasing access to fresh local foods. GPI works hard to gather funding to provide a 1 to 1 match for SNAP shoppers their they are able to get more green for their green.
But we don’t stop there, our market happily partners with Fresh Bucks to provide an additional match, making us the only market in the city providing a triple match.
Here’s how it works:
- Any shopper with a SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) card checks in at the market’s front desk.
- They swipe their SNAP card for any amount they choose.
- The market will give them tokens to spend at market booths. They will receive tokens in the quantity they purchased plus up to $20/week matching dollars from our market match and up to $20 from Fresh Bucks.
$20 SNAP + $20 Market Match + $20 Fresh Bucks = $60 for fresh local food!
The market SNAP matching program is dependent on generous donors and community partners, donations from yoga classes, and individuals who care about seeing the program succeed and volunteer their time.
The past two market seasons, GPI has matched more than $14,000 dollars in SNAP dollars!
If you’d like to make a donation to help us continue the SNAP matching program, please consider donating.
SNAP shoppers please note: A small amount of vendors, like prepared food vendors, do not qualify to take tokens. Learn more about how SNAP and Fresh Bucks work here:
Get your summer fix of fresh local veggies!
GPI Farm Stands run from June through September and are open to the public. We encourage area residents and their families to make this a regular stop for their weekly vegetables!
Boner Fitness and
727 N Oriental Street
June 4, 2020 – September 3, 2020
4 – 6:30 PM
Much like our Indy Winter Farmers Market, our Farm Stand at the Boner Fitness is a weekly community gathering space where family and friends can walk the farm and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of summer.
Bonuses of Farm Stand at this Location:
Food In Transit at
IndyGo Transit Center
201 E. Washington Street
Starting July 1, 2020 – September 2, 2020
2 – 5 PM
Accessibility: Produce at the Farm Stands is sold at as low-cost as possible. SNAP-EBT (food stamp) benefits and Fresh Bucks are accepted at all of our Farm Stand locations.
Bonuses of Farm Stand at this Location:
CSA (veggie share)
Experience urban agriculture and
take home a "share"!
A Veggie Share program, or CSA (Community Supported Agricultre), is a seasonal subscription for vegetables. Growing Places Indy offers two CSA memberships throughout the year — Summer and Winter. Our Veggie Shares are specifically designed for individuals or families who love to eat a lot of vegetables and cook regularly!
GPI has a 12-week Summer Veggie Share or CSA for individuals or families interested in picking up a weekly variety of fruits and vegetables over the summer.
Part of our mission is to educate about local, sustainable food, and offering an introductory, short-season Veggie Share allows individuals and families to join at a lower price point and time commitment. In addition to a convenient share size, including 8-12 different items each week, we also offer a wide diversity of vegetables for those who want to sample much of what grows in central Indiana.
Veggie Share applications open in early Spring and we advise interested parties to sign up immediately as shares tend to run out.
Our Summer CSA is now closed.
GPI has an 8-week Winter Veggie Share or CSA for individuals or families interested in picking up a weekly variety of fresh micro-greens, sprouts and shoots during winter months.
Winter greens are grown in our greenhouses and are very nutrient dense. They make a great addition to salads and excellent topping for soups, stir-fry, casseroles, bowls etc. They also tend to be popular with kids because they look like small trees and tend to be sweeter than their adult counterpart veggies. We grow a variety of micros and shoots including kale, cabbage, basil, sunflower, peas, and more.
Veggie Share applications open around the new year and we advise interested parties to sign up immediately as shares tend to run out.
The Winter Veggie Share (CSA) opens in December.
Know where your garden starts are coming from!
With the Growing Places Indy annual Plant Sale, you can pick and choose your plant starts
and get an early jump on the planting season!
Are you an organization interested in ordering plant starts in bulk ahead of time?
Email Rachel, our Manager of Farming Operations, to place a bulk order or get more info!
The GPI Plant Sale goes live in February. Plant starts are grown from seed in our greenhouses and sold in packages of 10 plants. Each package type is designed so that all the plants are ready to put in the ground or pots at the same time of year.
Plant packages are sold by season:
kale, collard greens, swiss chard and more
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and more
rosemary, thyme, basil, sage and more
Source your restaurant's produce from Growing Places Indy!
We proudly sell produce and micro-greens to many restaurants in Indianapolis. Check out our restaurant partners below and support our local business by supporting theirs.
If you’re interested in sourcing produce from GPI for your local restaurant, fill out the form below, or send an email to Rachel, our Farm Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.