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Cheese, lemonade, apples and other news of the week

Time to catch up on the buzz of the week for dining in the 574 area. Here are the food stories we’ve got our eye on this week.  

1. Rachel Shenk, owner of Rachel’s Bread in Goshen (and also author of Flavor 574’s La Bonne Vie column), announced plans to open a cheese shop next door to her bakery. Angelle Barbazon, the Goshen reporter for The Elkhart Truth, reported that Shenk plans to offer a combination of imported cheeses from Europe and high-quality American cheese from local producers. 

“I grew up with the concept that you always have cheese around, and it was always good cheese,” Shenk said. “So a natural progression here making European-style breads, I thought about what people would want to buy along with bread – cheese.”

Get the full story at

2. Granger Farmers Market announced this week that it will be moving out of its current home at Bittersweet Centre. The South Bend Tribune’s Heidi Prescott reported Wednesday that the owners are currently negotiating a lease for a new location, though they’re not yet disclosing where it will be. Market co-founder Lydia Karacson said that limited space at the current location is a driving factor. Get the full story at

3. Elkhart County Lemonade Day is coming up on May 3, encouraging youngsters to catch the entrepreneurial fever and learn some business acumen in the process. Lydia Sheaks, education reporter for The Elkhart Truth, talked with event chair Meggan Fink to get the story behind the event. Each participating kid comes up with a unique lemonade recipe, chooses a location and sets up a stand. Check as May 3 approaches for a map of each stand’s location and support a future food entrepreneur (or a few).

4. Founders Brewing Co. announced the lineup for its annual Founders Fest in Grand Rapids, Mich. Eric Strader of the Elkhart Truth’s Hop Notes blog reports that this year’s street festival is happening June 21, 3 to 11 p.m. In addition to the obvious (excellent) craft beer presence, the fest brings in national, regional and local musical acts, local food vendors and local artists. 

Tickets went on sale Friday, April 18. There is also an All Day IPA contest to win tickets. Get the full story from Hop Notes at

5. If you’re worried about how this brutal winter may have affected our region’s beloved local apple crops, don’t be. Truth reporter Dan Spalding spoke with the Elkhart County Extension for Purdue University and Maureen Kercher, owner of Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Inc., in Goshen, and both said they don’t expect any damage. Peach crops, however, are a different story. Read the full article at

Other stories we enjoyed this week: 

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