The number of ready-to-eat options at the South Bend Farmer’s Market is growing; in the last four months Giuseppe’s Italian Street Food and Dee’s Backyard Barbecue have opened in the farmer’s market.
Tucked between Crooked Ewe Brewery and a local coffee roaster, Giuseppe’s is the brainchild of Joseph Raymond, whose cooking experience includes stints at Sorin’s at Notre Dame’s Morris Inn and the now closed Summit Club. Raymond launched the lunch counter during the South Bend Farmer’s Market’s showcase event Winterfest II on Feb. 20.
Raymond started working in kitchens when he was 15, but has bounced around a bit, dabbling in photography and management. He said when he graduated from Indiana University South Bend’s entrepreneurship program last year he decided he’d join the fledgling food truck movement in South Bend. With a background in Italian cooking, he did some research and came across piadinas, pocket sandwiches with cured meats, cheeses and fresh vegetables stuffed into folded flatbread.
“I found this and thought, ‘this is something I could bring to the people,’ ” Raymond said while rolling dough for a sandwich during his usual Saturday morning rush.
The food truck dream turned into a farmer’s market stall reality when Raymond went looking for funding. He said local banks don’t seem to be on board with the moving food movement and denied him the loan he’d need to get his truck on the road.
“I decided to combine my restaurant training with my business training,” Raymond said. “Who would be a better candidate for a loan?”
Raymond is keeping the menu simple for now, with a classic sandwich of prosciutto, ricotta spread, queso fresco, lettuce, tomato, onion and balsamic glaze ($6), a coppa sandwich with capicola salami, Genoa salami and hot banana peppers in place of the prosciutto ($7), and a cheese trio sandwich ($6). He also offers specials like creamy macaroni salad and the cannoli roll and maintains a consistent social media presence. The stall is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.
Dee’s Backyard Barbecue was opened May 28 by barbecue hobbyist David Andrzejewski. Andrzejewski, whose friends and family call him Dee, decided to wade into the pro cooking pool at the farmer’s market after 30 years in the sprinkler fitting industry. The menu at Dee’s features all the barbecue classics: baby back ribs, rib tips, smoked chicken, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans and collard greens.
“Our mission is to create quality barbecue that is also affordable,” reads the stall’s Facebook page. “We take great care in how we treat the environment by using eco-friendly, compostable packaging.” Dee’s is also available for catering. The stall is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The South Bend Farmer’s Market is located at 1105 Northside Blvd., South Bend. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.