Now that the warm weather appears to be here for good, our community is gearing up to head outdoors and stay there for the next few months. For my husband and I, warm weather means riding bikes on the trails, hosting cookouts in the backyard, taking day trips to the lake, and spending time in the garden, but visiting local farmer’s markets tops our list.
I don’t think there’s anything better than fresh, locally grown produce, and not only are the products tasty and healthful, but the market gives you the unique opportunity to understand where your food is coming from, as well. Farmer’s markets offer more than just fresh produce. Many feature baked good, garden supplies, personal care items, art, and other handmade wares, as well.
Our region is home to a multitude of markets, so make it a mission to shop local this summer and visit one.
Barr Street Market
302 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Organized by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, featuring fresh produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts.
East State Village Market
Tecumseh Library on East State
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Hours: Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Featuring fresh produce, plants, herbs, flowers, arts and crafts, pottery, jewelry, and live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Main Street Market
1936 West Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Hours: Fridays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring over 50 vendors, offering certified organic produce, locally grown produce, beef, poultry, eggs, breads, and flowers. Also includes artists and fine antique dealers.
Solomon Farmer’s Market
817 Dupont Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Hours: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade breads and pastries, Indiana honey and maple syrup, and homemade personal care products.
Southside Farmer’s Market
3300 Warsaw Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Hours: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fort Wayne’s oldest farmers market, featuring 100 stands with locally grown fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, antiques, fresh baked goods, eggs, and hormone-free pork and chicken.