A new retail dining destination coming to the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is working to put more Indiana products in the hands of the airport’s 9.4 million annual travelers. Once completed, The Farmers’ Market, featuring Indiana Grown, will showcase Indiana’s rich culinary landscape by offering foods, beverages and brands that can only be found in the Hoosier state.
“The Farmers’ Market will give people from all over the world the chance to experience and enjoy a taste of Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “We have everything from small town favorites to top selling national brands, and this market will allow us to share some of these products with the world.”
The 3,300 sq. ft. market, managed by SSP America, will be located in Concourse B. There will be a sit-down dining area, where visitors will be able to enjoy a fresh, locally-grown salad or hand-tossed pizza, or order from a full-service menu created by celebrity chef and Indianapolis native, Greg Hardesty. They can also sip on some of the state’s top signature craft beers and local wines.
Available for purchase or on the go, The Farmers’ Market will feature a wide selection of locally-sourced products. Although the full list is still being developed by SSP America, in consultation with Indiana Grown, some examples might include Indiana-based barbecue sauces, handmade snacks and local spirits.
Nationwide, this is the first time a private company has partnered with a statewide local branding program, like Indiana Grown, to open a retail dining destination in an airport.
“SSP America is honored to partner with Indiana Grown given its important role in promoting locally grown and created products,” said SSP America Business Development Vice President, Bob Stanton. “We look forward to developing the market jointly with the Indiana Grown team, and we’re certain the Market will be a must-visit destination for IND travelers.”
The Farmers’ Market was one of several projects recently approved by the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board, as part of its Concessions Refresh initiative. Launched in 2016, the effort addressed the pending expiration of airport concession contracts and is intended to showcase a healthy mix of national offerings, and local products and brands that represent the culture and community in Indianapolis.
“The Farmers Market is a perfect fit with the customer experience travelers have told us they want, which includes food and beverage options that reflect the authentic taste of Indiana and the Indianapolis community,” said Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director, Mario Rodriguez.
Although construction on the market is expected to begin this year, completion of the project and opening timeline have yet to be finalized.
Indiana farmers, producers and businesses interested in featuring their products in The Farmers’ Market are encouraged to fill out an online survey. Participation in the survey is not a guarantee of sales.