The annual Sunshine Market drew dozens from the community to shop with local vendors in the outdoor market, watch live demonstrations and learn more about the 1800s farmstead in Zionsville.
At the Saturday, June 29 event, visitors could grab a drink from The Cork and Barrel, a quick snack from a variety of food trucks and then shop at a variety of vendors, who offered everything from handcrafted wooden bowls, stained glass, clothing, personalized wooden plaques and more.
“I think people like to shop local. They like hand crafted, small businesses,” said Chrissie Stacy, Maplelawn volunteer. “We really push that here at the farmstead because it fits with the theme. They like to come out, hear the history and see the sawmill running. It’s like a one-stop shop.”
The Humane Society for Boone County presented pets for adoption, there were unique critters on display with Enchanting Animals, photos were available with historical vehicles and tractors and many people were interested in the portable saw mill demonstrations.
Stacy said the board goes out of its way to create an event, true to the farm's heritage.
“We don’t allow any direct sales or network marketing," Stacy said. "Everything has to be locally made and handcrafted, or you have to be a small business looking to further your boutique. We want to foster our place in this community. This is a Depression-era farm, so we look for the reuse and repurpose things."
Volunteers ran tours throughout the day, educating the community on the history of the farmstead based on the Depression-era, including dishes, furniture and items found in a home at that time.
“We had a lot of people today that this was their first time at the farmstead. It’s been fun to see all the people come through and learn all about it,” Stacy said.