Farmers market season has arrived

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By: Krystal Vivian

J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth

Getting local food isn’t as difficult as some might think, especially now that the growing season is underway. There are several farmers markets and farm markets throughout Michiana that offer fresh produce and other foods from your hometown. Check out the list below and let us know if we missed your favorite market.

Goshen Farmers Market
What: Vendors include Clay Bottom Farm, Goshen Clay Artists Guild, Soapy Gnome and Sustainable Greens. Items for sale range from fresh produce to homemade cupcakes and locally-made jewelry. Accepting applications for new vendors.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (open year-round)

Where: 212 W. Washington St., Goshen

South Bend Farmers Market
What: Locally grown produce, meats, dairy and plants sold alongside specialty food, spices and baked goods from local artisans. The cafe in the center of the market is a major draw, offering meals prepared from market-fresh produce, meats and cheeses.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays (open year-round)

Where: 1105 Northside Boulevard, South Bend

Bullard’s Farm Market
What: Fresh seasonal produce picked from 12 to 24 farms in Michiana, including homegrown sweet corn from Bullard Farms. Hanging baskets, local honey, vintage furniture, antiques and more are also available.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday beginning Monday, April 7

Where: 5220 Middlebury St., Elkhart

Nappanee Farmers Market
What: Fresh produce and baked goods straight from Nappanee. Anyone interested in becoming a new vendor may call 574.773.0002.

Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Where: Coppes Commons, 401 E. Market St., Nappanee

Granger Farmers Market
What: Local and seasonal produce, baked goods, grass-fed meats, honey, eggs, herbs and spices, maple syrup and more. Use the online farmers market (open 3 p.m. Friday to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday) to place an order for pickup during Thursday market hours. 

Hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (year-round)

Where: 12435 Adams Road, Granger

Wakarusa Produce Auction
What:
 Produce grown in Elkhart County is auctioned off. Whatever is in season and available is offered.

Hours: Starting at 1 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Friday starting in the last week of April and going to the end of October.

Where: 65460 C.R. 9, Goshen

Woodlawn Nature Center Harvest Market
What: Locally grown food and locally produced art will be sold. Those interested in becoming vendors may attend a planning meeting for vendors at 5 p.m. on April 26 at Woodlawn Nature Center.

Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Fridays from May 23 to Oct. 10

Where: 604 Woodlawn Ave., Elkhart

Mill Stream Farmers Market
What: Fresh produce, herbs and baked goods.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from May 17 to Sept. 13

Where: 402 E. Warren St., Middlebury

Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market
What: Fruits and vegetables offered in-season, as well as jams, jellies, popcorn, noodles, maple syrup, honey, flowers and more. 

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, open on Sundays in May, September and October

Where: 19498 C.R. 38, Goshen

The Elkhart City Farmers Market
What: Vendors will sell mostly locally-grown produce with some items, such as citrus, imported from organic growers outside the area. Gardening tools and outdoor decorations will also be available.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning the first week of May

Where: 224 S. Main St., Elkhart, in the lower level (enter through the doors in the parking lot behind the building)

Elkhart Community Farmers Market
What: Formerly located on Main Street, this market has moved to Cassopolis Street, in the space formerly occupied by Shelton’s Farm Market. It will feature produce from its greenhouse in Bristol, alongside vendors like Miller’s Market, McCarthy Farms and Russ’ Fudge.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; beginning April 26

Where: 1645 Cassopolis St., Elkhart, next to the Penny Pinchers flea market

Syracuse Artisans and Farmers Market
What: Locally grown produce, plants, herbs, baked goods and produce, along with fine art, jewelry and crafts from area artisans. 

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 10 through Oct. 11

Where: Veterans Memorial Park at Crosson Mill on State Road 13, Syracuse

Plymouth Farmers Market
What: Local produce, meats, plants, herbs and eggs sold alongside prepared foods like jams, syrups, vinegars and baked goods.

Hours: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, May through October

Where: Corner of Garro and Rivers streets, Plymouth

Buchanan Farmers’ Market
What: Vendors vary from week to week, peddling anything from seasonal fruits and vegetables, to artisan breads and fruit butters, to handmade soaps and furniture.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, starting May 3

Where: Buchanan Common Grounds, 122 Days Ave., Buchanan, MI

Where is your go-to source for locally grown food? Are there certain things you always get from the market as opposed to the grocery store?

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