Shop Local at 3 Farmers Markets!

From the months of May to October, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Farmers Markets make their return. From farm fresh products to handmade gifts the markets offer something unique. These markets run one day per week at the different locations. The locations include downtown Lafayette, Purdue University campus and Cumberland Park in West Lafayette.

IMG_4445The Lafayette Farmer Market has been around for over 165 years! That makes it the oldest farmers market in the state of Indiana. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:30pm the market is buzzing. You can find it on 5th street between Main and Columbia streets in historic downtown. If you are looking for parking, spots are available on the streets as well as in the public parking garage with the entrance off 5th street. You will find a beautiful mural backdrop celebrating the long running tradition of the farmers market in downtown Lafayette. Typically there is some sort of live entertainment going on. This market showcases fresh flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

IMG_4441The Purdue Farmers Market it slightly different. This market is held on Memorial Mall on campus. This market occurs every Thursday from 11:00am until 2:00pm, May through July and 11:00am until 3:00pm, August through October . At this market you can find a lot more ready to eat food. This is a popular lunch spot for students both in summer school and in the fall semester. I purchase my bread from the market each week on my walk back home from classes!

West Lafayette Farmers Market2014Finally, the third market is held in West Lafayette. This market is held on Wednesdays at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette from 3:30pm-7pm. This market features additional goods available for purchase including children’s clothing, handmade glass jewelry and soaps. Additionally, musicians will perform, wine tasting is available and restaurants provide take out meals. Seating is also provided for a relaxing evening in the sunset.

Shopping locally supports the local economy and business owners. Head to the markets this week to find some delicious and in seasons fruits and vegetables!

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Weekend Update! Feast of the Hunters’ Moon & Historic Lafayette Farmers Market

Herbed Pork Chop

Herbed Pork Chop

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s back for its 46th year; The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! This festival, taking place October 5 & 6, is jam packed with delicious food, entertainment, shopping and history.  Enjoy browsing the food booths where most items are cooked over an open fire.  From homemade French onion soup, ginormous apple dumplings, to an herbed pork chop, visitors cannot go wrong.  Browse the tents selling homemade soaps, toys, clothing and more.  Best of all, watch as thousands of participants re-enact the annual fall gathering of the French and Native American which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s.

Enjoy another historic event this weekend!  On Saturday, October 5, do not miss a visit to the Historic Downtown Lafayette Farmers Market, which has been taking place since 1839.  Vendors selling fresh fall produce, flowers, candies, cookies, and more line 5th street, downtown Lafayette.  Fall brings pumpkins and bright colored mums that are awaiting your purchase!  Fall squash, apples, peppers, and cabbage are just a few of the delightful vegetables available.  Along 5th street, people stroll and enjoy the crisp air as they shop and take part in an event that has been taking place for over 150 years!

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

Weekend Update: Head Downtown! Farmers Markets, Trolley Rides, Galleries, and Shops

Vegetables at Farmers Market

Vegetables at Farmers Market

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We love weekends in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Start your Saturday off right with a visit to the Historic Downtown Farmers Market where fresh garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts, honey, jams and jellies abound!  Next, jump on the CityBus trolley to tour the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.  The trolley leaves at 9:40 am and 10:40 am from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer guide will narrate a 50-minute fact-filled tour of the area.

Next, make sure you head to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, where the exhibit, “Visions of Community” is being featured.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has invited citizens from their fourteen county regions to participate in a fundraising art exhibition. “Visions of Community” is comprised entirely of work created by people in the region!  (Possibly, even you, if you wish to participate!  They are accepting entries during the exhibition (which runs through September 8) or until they run out of frames.

Shopping!

Shopping!

Spend your afternoon browsing one of our many downtown shops and galleries that feature everything from decorative home goods, custom made jewelry, hand crafted stationary, original pieces of art, and much more.  We recommend a stop at Kathy’s Kandies for one of her homemade truffles or cake balls!  They are delicious!

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

Fresh and flavorful baked goods from Great Harvest Bread Company

photoHappening Now!  Right now, the talk around town is about all the fresh and flavorful baked goods from the Great Harvest Bread Company.  Homemade breads, scones, cookies, fruit bars and muffins; what more could one ask for!  With an ever-changing menu of items baked every day, there is always something special to choose from this local bakery.

My family has been an avid fan of the Great Harvest Bread Company for years. Ever since I was a teenager (which was years ago!), it has been a tradition to get a fruit bar (our favorite is cherry) from this bakery at the Downtown Lafayette Farmers Market.  The Great Harvest Bread Company is usually located somewhat in the middle of the farmers market, so we would stroll along the vendors in anticipation of this sweet treat.  The cherry fruit bar has a light, flaky crust and is filled with cherry goodness!  My sister comes home every summer from Phoenix, Arizona, and we have never missed a visit to this stand at the farmers market.  We usually purchase a loaf of homemade cinnamon swirl bread to take home for breakfast the next morning.  It is the best cinnamon swirl bread I have ever had.  The bread is moist and dense, and the cinnamon is light and flavorful without being overpowering.  It is perfect for breakfast or even an afternoon snack!

Great Harvest Bread Co. at Downtown Farmers Market

Great Harvest Bread Co. at Downtown Farmers Market

I would be remiss to not discuss the cookies!  Every day of the week different cookies are featured.  They are baked fresh every morning. They make two sizes, a regular size cookie (2X2 inch approx.) and a large size cookie (4X4 inch approx.).  My goal is always to have the will power to order one regular size cookie, but I never achieve that goal!  Most times I order a few of each flavor or one large cookie.  Their oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, with the peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie coming in a close second.  I think the oatmeal makes the cookie so rich, plus it makes me feel like I am eating something healthier!

photoThe Great Harvest Bread Company also features a “gluten free” menu.  With many people having a gluten allergy, I think it is great they are accommodating those who cannot have wheat and other grains.  They take special orders for gluten free products.

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 this bakery and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com