2019 listing of Northwest Indiana farmers markets

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2019 listing of Northwest Indiana farmers markets

 Chesterton European Market

The Chesterton’s European Market is held Saturdays from through Oct. 26 from 8:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. at 220 Broadway, next to Thomas Centennial Park. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors their products and services. Featured are artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers. For more information, call 219-926-5513 or visit www.chestertonseuropeanmarket.com.

Michigan City Farmers Market

The Michigan City Farmers Market runs Sundays, through Oct. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the corner of 8th and Washington Streets in Michigan City. The market features locally-grown fruits and vegetables in season as well as craft items, flowers, and herbs. Featured are hanging baskets of flowers, pots of aromatic herbs, homegrown fruits and vegetables, and local honeys, butters, and cheeses, along with entertainment. For more information, call 219-210-2055 or visit www.emichigancity.com/farmers-market.

Munster Farmer’s Market

The Munster Parks and Recreation Dept. invites you to the town’s annual Farmers Market. This event takes place on Tuesdays through Oct. 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Park, 900 N. Centennial Dr. This market attracts people from all over Munster as well as surrounding communities. Live entertainment will be provided every other Sunday, starting May 20. For more information, call 219-836-7275 or visit www.munster.org.

Valparaiso Farmers Market

The Valparaiso Market is held Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through Oct. 19. Featured are fresh produce, plants, flowers, and lunch on the go from one of the food vendors. The Valparaiso Market is located at Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette, near the downtown business district. For more information, call 219-464-8332 or visit www.valparaisoevents.com.

Coffee Creek Farmers Market

Porter County’s first producer-only farmers market runs Wednesdays through Oct. 16 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, 178 E. Sidewalk Rd., Chesterton. The market features produce by local farmers, specialty food producers, and food trucks. To learn more, call 219-707-9327.

Burns Harbor European Market on the Square

The Burns Harbor European Market on the Square concludes Wednesday Sept. 18 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Westport Community Club, 1237 Westport Rd., Burns Harbor. Promising a festive community experience, this market features foods, artisans, clothing, meats, and jewelry. For more details, call 219-926-5513.


Local orchards offer U-pick opportunities

In the market for produce but want to choose your own fruit or vegetables from the tree or vine? Then consider one of the U-pick farms in Northwest Indiana.

These farms enable the consumer to “up close and personal” with nature, as you see the actual origins of your favorite produce. You become part of the picking process before you take it home for dinner, unless you try a taste in the car on the ride home.

Some farms have expanded their market to include other produce and related foods and gift items.

Northwest Indiana has a few U-pick farms. Here is a listing

County Line Orchard

200 S. County Line Rd.




Garwood Orchards

5911 W. 50 South




Radke Orchards

8999 W. 200 North

Michigan City



Hayrides aplenty in NW Indiana for fall

Ready for a hayride this fall? Northwest Indiana offers plenty of opportunities for a hair-full of straw and fun times before that first snowfall. Here are some locations in the area.

Hidden Lake Park, Merrillville– Now through Oct. 20; available weekends and weekends, noon to 8:00 p.m.; fees are $75 on weekends and $50 on weekdays for Ross Township residents; 219-769-2111.

Buckley Homestead Park, Lowell– Reserved hayrides through October; $100 Fridays through Sundays, $75 Mondays through Thursdays; maximum number 25 (more children) includes bonfire; non-reserved hayrides are $2 on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 23 through Oct. 28 Homestead; 219-769-7275.

Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso– Set up your own hayride party through Porter County Parks; rate is $75 per hour; call Darlene, 219-548-0219.

Deep River County Park, Hobart/Merrillville– Deep River Classic Fall Fun, reserved hayrides at Big Maple Lake, 7302 Ainsworth Road entrance; Classic Fall Fun, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; non-reserved hayrides are $2 per person; hayrides start times are noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m.; 219-947-1958 or 219-769-PARK.

Oak Ridge Prairie, Griffith– Regular hayrides offered in September and October; also offering handicap-accessible hayrides in which participants remain in their wheelchair; 219-884-7238 or 219-769-PARK.

Stoney Run County Park, Hebron– Hayrides and campfires available through Oct. 25; bonfire rental $30 any day; hayrides Mondays through Thursdays, $75; Fridays through Sundays, $100; 219-996-6500.
Calumet Park Chapel, Merrillville/Hobart– Free hayride at Fall Festival weekend which includes face painting and pumpkin painting at two locations: on Saturday, Oct. 5. at 7535 Taft St, Merrillville and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 370 N. County Line Rd, Hobart; open to all children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult; 219-769-8803.

Elzinga Farm, Dyer– Hayrides now through Oct. 31; Mondays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.; features include haunted forest; corn maze, corn stalks, Indian corn, mums, specialty pumpkins; apples, cider, baked goods; and fall décor; 219-865-1181.

Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch, Lowell– Open through Halloween; featuring market, corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, Hayrides to Pumpkin Patch, barrel train, and pedal cars; Pumpkin Peak Slide and Pumpkin Sling Shot on weekends; general admission, Mondays through Thursdays, adults $4; children $6, Fridays through Sunday, adults $6; children $8; 219-690-1503.

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, Lowell– Featuring corn maze, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick, playland, fun slide, free hayrides, and pre-picked produce; 219-440-2386.

Fischer’s Pumpkin Patch, LaPorte– Featuring hayrides, sweet corn, pumpkins, corn maze, gourds, and Indian corn; open now through October; 219-362-8661.

Guse Corn Maze, Wanatah– Hayridesoperate Sept. 28 through Oct. 27 on weekends, Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays, noon to 6:00; featuring corn maze, pumpkin patch, kiddie train, corn box, and game yard; 219-733-9346.

Merrie Acres, LaPorte– Activities include fall festival, cow train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, pig races, tractor-pulled hayrides, bounce house, gift shop, bouncy castle, birthday parties, and school tours; 219-369-6088.

Scheeringa Farms, Highland– Offering pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, mums, petting zoo, $2 pumpkin bounce house, $2 hayrides running Sept. 29 to Halloween, Fridays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 219-836-6369.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Valparaiso– Hayrides available Saturdays and Sundays in October from noon to 4:00 p.m.; pick-up at depot, $3 plus admission fee; 219-462-0025.

County Line Orchard, Hobart– fall hayrides available by reservation, call 219-947-4477.

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