Tis the Season…for Farmers Markets!
Submitted by: Sarah Smenyak
Feature photo from Michigan City photo collection
Did you feel that? That little bit of sunshine and warmth this weekend, mixed with some April showers? Spring is coming. And with it comes the opening of Farmers Market season. There are many markets to choose from in the Dunes area. If you plan ahead, you might be able to try them all this season. Check the market websites for lists of vendors, entertainment and more.
Chesterton’s European Market is a Chesterton downtown tradition. Opening in May and running through the end of October, the European market brings a mix of farmers, chefs, venders, artists and musicians from across the local area. You can stock up on produce, and plants as well as plan a breakfast or lunch in the park. Every Saturday, rain or shine, the market is open from 8am to 2pm at Thomas Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton.
The European Market also sponsors a Market on the Square , in Burns Harbor, Indiana. On Wednesdays evenings from 5pm to 9pm, food trucks, entertainment and local produce vendors converge on the former Westport Community complex, on hwy 149, in Burns Harbor. This is a great stop after a long Wednesday at the beach.
Miller Beach Farmers Market is a part of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative Collective. Sundays from 11am to 3pm, June through August, the market supports local farmers and artists through an entirely volunteer staff. According to reviews, if you want the best tacos (and who doesn’t?), this is the market to try! The Miller Beach Market is located on South Lake Street, just north of highway 12.
Valparaiso Market is held twice a week at the William E. Urschel Pavilion in Valparaiso’s Central Park. Opening June 1st, on both Tuesdays and Saturdays, the Valparaiso Market is open from 8am to 2pm and features local produce, plants, artisans, as well as live entertainment and food vendors. Special Saturday celebrations are also held throughout the summer months.
Market on the Square at Founders Square Park in Portage, is held every Friday from 3pm to 9pm, June 7th – August 30th. There will be produce, food, and craft vendors as well as live music beginning at 6pm each evening. Each Friday at the Market, a family movie will be screened beginning at dusk, making this a fun Friday night outing for the whole family.
Michigan City Farmers Market . From May 5th through October 13th, on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm, the Michigan City Farmer’s Market is located at the corner of 8th and Washington Streets, in Michigan City. The Market has seasonal produce, food vendors, music and is pet friendly. Last year there were even handmade dog treats for sale.
The New Buffalo Farmers Market opens this year on May 30th and runs through September on Thursday evenings from 4-8pm. Located in downtown New Buffalo, local farmers/growers, artisans and businesses, have everything from produce, foods, coffee, sweets, artwork and locally made goods. The New Buffalo Market also features weekly activities for the kids, giveaways and even Market Swag. Opening day will feature a Market Bag giveaway!
The Coffee Creek Farmers Market , at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, in Chesterton will start on May 1st and runs on Wednesdays from 3-7pm, through the middle of October. The Coffee Creek Market is a “producers only” market. All vendors, grow, make, produce or create the products they are selling, which helps support local businesses.