Indiana Farmer’s Market: LaPorte #NWIndiana

laporte farmer's market collage

(L) My market haul: Shelling peas, pea pods, tomatoes and garlic scapes. (Top L-R) Handmade goods & locally grown produce – A Row of various vendors (Bottom L-R) The corner block that hosts the market – Amish Vendors

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.

LaPorte, Indiana Farmer’s Market

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?

2 Responses to Indiana Farmer’s Market: LaPorte #NWIndiana
  1. Sue Baxter
    August 18, 2014 | 8:40 AM

    Well, I tried and compared. Tried the tomatoes, blueberries and peaches and there was no comparison in taste. Went to the “other” big box store and purchased the same products and actually compared them on the same weekend. All three had much better taste, especially the tomatoes. My mother (who lived in Florida) always said “There’s nothing like an Indiana tomatoe.” The blueberries has so much better flavor, the ones at the grocery were real bitter and needed alot more sugar just to tolerate. They also have several baked goods vendors that have specialty products to die for. You might spend a little more, but it’s well worth it, especially when it comes to freshness, taste and buying gasoline to get out of town for the big box stores.

  2. Mary Jo
    January 25, 2015 | 10:45 AM

    Hi Toni,
    I was amazed and delighted you visited the LP Farmer’s market last year. You did come early in the season and with the rains and cooler temps, the produce vendors were a little bare at first. Usually we have roughly 19 different vendors. We accept craftsmen as well as produce and meat suppliers. Last year we had only 1 organic farmer. This year it looks like we will have 2 as well as a couple other local farmers.
    Come back and see us for the 2015 season, hopefully produce will be on target this year!!!!

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