Homegrown Indiana Talent at Indiana Artisan Marketplace
Originally formed in 2008 as an economic development program, the Indiana Artisan program is now a nonprofit organization celebrating and promoting the handmade creations of nearly 250 foodists and artists from 56 counties. These include baked goods such as Lisa’s Pie in a Jar, along with candies, cheeses and wines, as well as jewelry, woodwork, leatherwork, photography and other fine crafts that enrich the Hoosier lifestyle.
“The whole goal is to identify Indiana’s highest quality artisans and food artists,” says Eric Freeman, director of Indiana Artisan. Artisans must apply, and their craft is then judged by a jury based on quality and how closely it’s tied to the state. Once in, artisans can take advantage of many benefits, including selling their goods via the Indiana Artisan online store or at the annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace.
The next marketplace will be held March 28-29, 2015, at the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where 200 participating artisans will share and sell their gourmet goodies, crafts, artwork and more. Sample and peruse a host of artisan-made products ranging from popcorn and pretzels to paintings and pottery from all over the state and beyond. Buy directly from the artisans, watch art and craft demonstrations, and enjoy live music from local bands. For more information, visit www.indianaartisan.org.