7 places to go fresh and local
Peppers of all colors with a satisfying crunch and a little (or a lot of) bite. Plump berries at the very edge of ripeness. Sweet corn plucked fresh from the fields. You can find all that and more at farmers markets, U-picks and roadside stands.
Goshen Farmers Market
212 W. Washington St., Goshen, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays year-round, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays (May through October), GoshenFarmersMarket.org
You can fill your shopping basket to overflowing with fresh produce all from within 150 miles, along with meats, cheeses and baked goods. After browsing and selecting your bounty, enjoy a stroll on the peaceful Millrace Canal Trail.
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard
19498 County Road 38, Goshen, KerchersOrchard.com
They’re known for their apples in the fall, but you can get fresh produce throughout the spring and summer. It’s all seasonal, all the time at this family owned and operated orchard and farm stand.
Community farmers markets
Farmers and other craft vendors can also be found in temporary markets all summer long. As the weather warms up, expect to see greens, beans and peas, berries and melons, potatoes and other fresh market goodness at these locations:
– Elkhart: Kardzhali Park, 303 NIBCO Parkway, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through the end of August.
– Nappanee: 201 W. Market St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 12, 2019.
– Middlebury: 402 E. Warren St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through the end of September.
Summer means it’s berry season in these parts. You can buy them at a farmers market or roadside stand, or why not grab a basket and pick them yourself. You can even sneak (a few) berries into your mouth before they land in the basket. Here are some places to pick your own:
– Beech Road Blueberry Farm, 67041 Beech Road, Wakarusa, (574) 633-4583, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from July 1 to mid-August.
– Yoder’s Upick Strawberry Patch, 2021 S. 15th St., Goshen, (574) 642-3469, opening for season June 10, 2019.