Recently a customer asked about the history of the Broad Ripple Farmers Market (BRFM) and we asked a couple of local historians to help us recreate the timeline.
Peter George started the Market which would become BRFM in 1994 outside of his restaurant located at 8501 Keystone Crossing. The following year John Hill, owner of Broad Ripple Brewpub, decided to open a summer market in Broad Ripple and invited all the same vendors to participate. Peter did not see the need for two markets and stretching the vendors too thin, so he ended his market after one season.
We believe it was 1995 when BRFM became an event of the Broad Ripple Village Association. The BRVA provides insurance and bookkeeping services for the Market.
Here is the venue history:
- 1994: Peter George’s Restaurant, 8501 Keystone Crossing
- 1995-1998: Broad Ripple Brewpub, 842 E. 65th Street
- 1999-2004: Broad Ripple Station, 1075 Broad Ripple Avenue
- 2005: Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th
- 2006-2019: Broad Ripple High School, 1115 Broad Ripple Avenue
- 2020: Glendale, 6001 Rural Street
- 2021: Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian Street
In 2015, Mark Demerly started the Broad Ripple Winter Market. It was held indoors at Bent Rail Brewery at 5301 Winthrop Avenue, which later became Half Liter. Due to the pandemic, the 2020-2021 Market was held indoors at Glendale Town Center. As of 2015, BRFM has been operating as a year-round Market.
BRFM has grown considerably over the years and has become the largest Farmers Market in the state of Indiana, with 75 vendors in 2021.