More consumers today are seeking out fresh products and ingredients for their daily meals.
Whether you'd like fresh tomatoes and onions for homemade grilled pizza, zucchini for a family pasta recipe, fresh strawberries for a sweet pie or corn for a tasty chowder, there are a variety of fruits and vegetables and other items available at area farmers markets.
There are still plenty of shopping days left in the season to peruse your favorite market. Take a look at the following list and plan a visit. (If we haven't listed your favorite market, let us know).
• Chesterton's European Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of October, on the corner of Broadway and Third Streets, in downtown Chesterton. The market features a variety of items including fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheese, ethnic foods, flowers, crafts, jewelry, art work and more. Musical entertainment is often featured. FYI: (219) 926-5513 or chestertonseuropeanmarket.com
• Crete's European Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 5, at the corner of Exchange and Main Streets, downtown Crete. Produce, food, herbs and more are featured. FYI: www.cretechamber.com
• Crown Point Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through the beginning of October, on South Main Street, Crown Point. On sale: Produce, flowers, honey, jewelry and more. As of 2007, the market was sanctioned as a Farmers' Market nutrition program through the Indiana Health's WIC program. FYI: (219) 662-3290 or www.crownpoint.in.gov
• Green City Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, through October, at the south end of Lincoln Park, between Clark and Stockton, Chicago. The year-round farmers market, which moves indoors in the fall and winter, features a variety of foods as well as special activities and entertainment. Chef demos (10:30 a.m.) are also highlighted. Among upcoming chef appearances are Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat on July 31; Rosalia Barron of The Signature Room on Aug. 21 and Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company on Aug. 24. Visit the market's website for more information on the upcoming Green City Market Community Cookbook and how to submit recipes for it. FYI: (773) 880-1266 or www.chicagogreencitymarket.org
• Hobart Summer Market on the Lake, at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, Hobart, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 26. Produce, ethnic food, gourmet items, organic produce, pastries, and spices are among items on the roster. FYI: (219) 942-6112 or www.city.hobart.in.us
• Miller Beach Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29 on Lake Street and U.S. 12, Gary. The market features a variety of items including fresh produce, local food vendors, flowers, plants, craft items, homemade soap, Michigan City honey, and other products. FYI: (219) 678-0288
• Munster Farmers Market, 8 to 1 p.m. Sundays at Centennial Park, 901 N. Centennial Drive. Among items will be fresh produce, jams, jellies, flowers, baked goods and arts and crafts. FYI: (219) 836-7275 or www.munster.org
• Schererville Farmers Market, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 13 at Redar Park, near Austin Avenue and Park Street, Schererville. Among features are fresh produce, artisan cheese, bread, wines, olive oil and more. FYI: (219) 865-5530
• St. John Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 27, in the parking lot of The Community Hospital Outpatient Centre, 9660 Wicker Avenue, St. John. Consumers can purchase everything from fruits and veggies to flowers, baked goods and other items. FYI: (219) 365-6043 or www.stjohnin.com
• Thornton Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 9 at Hubbard Park, at Ridge Road and Margaret Street, Thornton. A variety of items including fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, candles and arts and crafts will be available. FYI: (708) 877-4454
• Valparaiso Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays at Central Park Plaza, corner of Indiana and Lafayette. Fresh produce, plants, herbs, baked goods and more are featured. FYI: (219) 464-8332
• Whiting Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through October, in front of City Hall, 1443 119th Street, Whiting. On the menu: Fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers, corn, cheese and more. The market will be closed July 27 during Pierogi Fest. FYI: www.whitingindiana.com