As I mentioned in an earlier post (Indiana Farmer’s Market: Plymouth and Valparaiso), I am trying to make my way around area farm markets in order to promote more fresh, local eating. This past weekend, I decided to drive a bit north to see what was up with the LaPorte, IN farmer’s market. The growing season is still early so the market was a bit small. Being my first time at this particular market, I really didn’t know what size to expect.
Location: State Street Circle, North of Courthouse off Michigan Ave.
LaPorte, IN 46350
Frequency: Saturdays only, May 17th – October (weather permitting)
Time: 8:00am to 1:00 pm CENTRAL
My Review: This was my first visit to this particular market. The market is held on a corner paved lot right off of the main drag through LaPorte. I counted roughly 12 vendors this particular day, which is still early in the growing season. I am unsure how many vendors might be selling in the height of the summer. It seemed to consist of: a cheese vendor out of Chicago, 2 Amish vendors (1 produce & 1 baked goods), several other baked goods vendors, handmade soaps and the like, also other crocheted/sewn items and also local in-season produce growers. I got there a little late that morning so some of the items were already sold out, however I did come home with two quarts of peas (2/$5), some tomatoes ($4 qt) and garlic scapes ($2 – using for pesto.) If there is an upside to attending a market late, you can haggle a bit with the produce vendors as they really don’t want to take their produce back home (I got a deal on the peas.)
Have you ever been to the LaPorte Farmer’s Market? What do you think?