One of the best ways to experience local flavor in any area is by visiting a farmers market. 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.
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.
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 16 until Sept. 26.
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.
River Valley Farmers Market
Located near the Commerce Center building in downtown South Bend, this smaller market features about 20 vendors and includes only fresh produce and other farm products. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Portage Farm Stands
A seasonal market that runs from late May through October, Portage Farm Stands sets up from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Near Northwest Neighborhood of South Bend. You can find it in the parking lot across from The Local Cup, one of our favorite coffeeshops. Its vendors bring organically grown produce, meat, eggs, baked goods and more.