Weekend Update: Make Goat Soap at The Farm & More!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend and every weekend in our area, there’s a chance to do something very unique! If you’re feeling creative and crafty, there are two great events coming up that you can take part in! First, join expert Felicia Payne Nicholson in “Making Goat Soap” – a workshop put on at The Farm at Prophetstown on Saturday, May 19. Felicia comes from Patchwork Acres Farm and will be demonstrating the art of goat soap making. Felicia runs a very successful farm business where she makes products using milk from goats raised right on her farm. She will demonstrate milking and the process of making goat soap. Guests are welcome to pop-in for this demonstration or stay for the entire learning experience. For more information, please visit their website!

Also happening this Saturday is the Spring Boutique and Craft Fair! Hosted at the Tippecanoe County Mall, there will be a exciting array of options to explore. There will be over TWENTY vendors – ranging from handmade crafts, to Pampered Chef, to It Works, to Lu La Roe. Bring your friends for a fun day of shopping, giveaways, awesome samples, and  you can support local small businesses at the same time! Crafts, shopping, samples, giveaway, grands, sew, sale,unique, homemade, fun, jewelry, clothes, nutrition, makeup, accessories…. All at this weekend’s Spring Boutique & Craft Fair! Check out their Facebook page for details.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk & Global Fest

Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Football Season is back!  Friday night head to “Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk” at the John Myers Pedestrian Bridge as loyal fans rally with the team before the Boilermaker home football game on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky. Lead by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders and the Boilermaker Special; the football team will cross the bridge to the cheers of young and old. Weekly marshals, chosen from local youth groups, will huddle with the team and join the walk across the bridge. Put a face with a name, as the players will be wearing their jerseys for this up close and personal event. As they cross the bridge, players will have special giveaway items from local businesses for fans lining the way.

Looking for a relaxed and lovely way to spend a few hours of your day on Saturday, September 1?  Head over to the Morton Community Center for the special event, “Global Fest“.  This is a day of celebration as we embrace the many cultures in our community.   It’s a small (which kind of makes it nice), friendly street festival with great music, global food samplings and crafts from around the world just waiting to be purchased.  Lafayette-West Lafayette CVB President Jo Wade shares, “Always a great event for a variety of international food and entertainment. Walking through the classrooms full of international products/gifts to be purchased is always a treat.”

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Lafayette Farmers Market Season 2012

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about the Lafayette Farmers Markets, where locals and travelers have purchased fresh produce, locally crafted goods, local flowers and more for over 150 years.

Words cannot express the elation I feel that it is May and officially farmers market season.  My heart beat races in joy at the thought of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, apples, herbs, kettle corn (popped on site), homemade cookies and pies, etc.  I have an internal check list of everything I will buy throughout the whole year.  I did make a quick trip to the Easter Farmer’s Market in April, and walked away with oriental flowers (for my mother and mother in-law for Easter), lettuce, green onions, and monster cookies.  The salad I created with the fresh lettuce and onions was superb and my husband had the cookies eaten in 5 seconds flat!

I love cooking with fresh, local ingredients.  First, it feels good to support local farmers and producers.  Who doesn’t like feeling happy about supporting their local community?  Second, the produce is fresh and has a true taste.  True taste?  What does this mean, you may ask?  To me, a true taste is what vegetables and fruit should taste like.  There are no preservatives added to them to make them last longer, which alters the taste.  Have you ever had a locally grown Indiana strawberry?  They are juicy and sweet and literally, addicting!

The best part about Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, it has three locations to buy local goods.  The Historic Lafayette Farmers Market (Saturdays), Sagamore West Farmer Market (Wednesdays), and Purdue Campus Farmers Market (Thursdays) offer visitors an opportunity to buy the finest produce around.  I live 5 minutes from each!  I am one lucky lady!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about these farmers market, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.