A Guide to The Bend’s Farmers Markets

One of the best ways to experience local flavor in any area is by visiting a farmers market. It’s no different in The Bend, whether it’s history and tradition in South Bend or the outdoor vibe in Mishawaka.

Local vendors line up with fresh vegetables, locally grown flowers, coffee and more. Here’s a guide to our biggest farmers markets.

South Bend Farmers Market

There’s a buzz at the South Bend Farmers Market, especially on Saturdays in the summer. You can feel it as locals chat with vendors they’ve known for years while the scent of fresh popcorn and flowers waft through the air. The market is open Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays year round. It is open Fridays starting the first week in May and ending in late September.

Visiting the Market During COVID-19

The South Bend Farmers Market continues to operate regular hours during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s open year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the addition of Fridays starting the first week in May an ending in late September.

But there are some guidelines in place with coronavirus in mind. Here are some things to consider before visiting:

  • Shoppers are asked to wear a face covering while inside the building.
  • Please maintain social distancing (six feet apart) wherever possible.
  • Curbside pickup orders are available via the website.
  • Wash and sanitize hands as much as possible.
    • Hand sanitizer is available at the exits and throughout the market.

Farmers Market Café

Visiting the market is a must for any foodie traveler spending time in The Bend.

The Farmers Market Café sits at the heart of the market. Most dishes are prepared using ingredients — fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc. — right from the nearby vendors. That freshness helped make the café one of 10 finalists during 2017’s Breakfast Wars competition.

With coronavirus in mind, the café is operating with some updated guidelines:

  • Operating at 50 percent capacity.
  • Staff are wearing face coverings.
  • Tables are being sanitized between guests.
  • Curbside pickup is available on to-go orders. Please call ahead.

Mishawaka Farmers Market

Spring is in the air when the Mishawaka Farmers Market comes to life. Located at Ironworks Plaza in downtown Mishawaka, this open-air market takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday beginning May 17 until Sept. 27.

You’ll find many vendors unique to the Mishawaka Farmers Market, plus fun activities for kids. Several parks and the Mishawaka Riverwalk, which runs on both sides of the St. Joseph River ear nearby. Visiting the farmers market could be the start of a morning spent exploring some of The Bend’s best parks and trails.