Weekend Update: Tour the Town & Lafayette Farmers Market

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.Have you ever toured our 2 great cities? You can this Saturday, August 4 during “CityBus” Tour the Town. This is a free guided tour on Saturday mornings in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer tour guide shares facts about landmarks, people and community history while traveling by bus from downtown Lafayette to Purdue University and back. There are two tours each Saturday now through August 18. The bus departs at Fifth and Main streets at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The tour is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It lasts approximately 50 minutes and returns to the starting point. Great for visitors and locals alike, the tour is operated in conjunction with the Lafayette Farmers Market.

Before or after you Tour the Town, shop at the Lafayette Farmers Market. This market has been around for over 165 years! On Saturdays, from early May through late October, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

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!

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Past Intern, shares this blog!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Family Day at the Farm & Tour the Town

Such a cute little duckling at the Farm at Prophetstown!

Such a cute little duckling at the Farm at Prophetstown!

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.

Family Day is back at the Farm at Prophetstown! Please join the fun filled day on The Farm on Saturday, June 4. They will have demonstrations, blacksmithing, games, food, plenty of animals to see and more. Don’t forget to join in the  pie eating contest at 12:00pm! This event is FREE with park admission. Trolley rides will also be available throughout the day for $3 per person.

Have you ever toured our 2 great cities? You can this Saturday, June 4 during “CityBus” Tour the Town. This is a free guided tour on Saturday mornings in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer tour guide shares facts about landmarks, people and community history while traveling by bus from downtown Lafayette to Purdue University and back. There are two tours each Saturday now through August 20. The bus departs at Fifth and Main streets at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The tour is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It lasts approximately 50 minutes and returns to the starting point. Great for visitors and locals alike, the tour is operated in conjunction with the Lafayette Farmers Market.

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

It’s Farmers Market Time in Lafayette-West Lafayette

WL Markers Market2015Dave SchmidtFrom 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. 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.

Just a friendly reminder that pets are not allowed at any of these markets due to health and safety concerns!

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!

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog!

Easter Weekend Update 2015

Easter Farmers Market

Easter Farmers Market

It’s Easter 2015! What are you doing this Easter to celebrate?  Are you taking your family to visit the Easter Bunny?  Do you attend a religious service to celebrate your faith?  Or host a family gathering with all your loved ones?  This year there is a host of fun events taking place about this holiday.  Check out all the fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Visit the Tippecanoe Mall and meet the Easter Bunny for the entire Easter season! He will be available 11am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-8pm Friday-Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break from 3-3:30 daily!

Enjoy an Easter Musical, Passion Play, presented by Faith Church at the Long Center for the Performing Arts taking place April 2-4.  With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus.

Come out on Saturday, April 4 from 9am-1pm for the Lafayette EGGSTRAVAGANZA Egg Hunt at the First Assembly of God. This FREE family Easter event will have 2 shows, one at 9:30 am and one at 10:30 am, with 2 $100 Toys R Us gift cards given away at each show. There will be 60,000 eggs for an egg hunt for toddlers-12 year olds, including a hunt for special needs children. Free games, bounce houses, and extreme games and A SKY DIVING EASTER BUNNY are all part of the excitement!

Eggs, inflatables, carnival games, live music, cook out and more!  Where?   Eggstravaganza, sponsored by Connection Point Church at Klondike Middle School, is taking place from 1-3pm on Saturday, April 4. The egg hunt is by age groups, starting with crawlers at 1:30 PM then continuing with kids up to 11 years old.  The Wabash Township Firemen and their trucks will be there. They will also have face painting and colorful but temporary hair dying. This year our very own Boilermaker Express will welcome guests! Come and join in this completely free community event!

Do not miss the 5th Annual Ivy Tech Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival!  This Easter egg hunt and carnival will be from 11am-3pm this Saturday, April 4. Prizes, candy, pictures with the Easter bunny, over 40 different sidewalk carnival games, food, drinks, bounce house, music provided by Velocity Sound Service, dancing and more!

Easter Farmers Market2012.28JPGOn April 4, shop for your Easter treats at the Lafayette Farmers Market Pre-Easter Mini-Market.  This is the first peak at the Lafayette Farmers Market featuring baked goods, honey, tie dyed items, natural handmade soaps and bath salts, persimmon pulp, meats, dried fruits/nuts and more. 8am to noon on 5th Street, between Main and Columbia streets.

Also please note: If you are celebrating Passover please contact the Jewish Community of Greater Lafayette, at http://jfgl.org. They are a great source of information!

For more information about these events and activities taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Market & Harrison Band Boosters Club Show

Farmers Market- Please note this photo was taken in October of 2012.

Farmers Market- Please note this photo was taken in October of 2012.

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.

I am not sure what your plans are for the weekend, but you can find many of the staff of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette at the Thanksgiving Market this Saturday, November 23.  We will be stocking up on all the late fall produce (that is left after the early winter snow) to serve at our Thanksgiving dinners.  We will be browsing the booths buying homemade jellies, cookies, popcorn and more.  Last year at the Thanksgiving market, there was a booth selling decorative gourds that added the perfect compliment to our harvest table. There is something fun about heading downtown all bundled up in our winter jackets, walking the cobble stone road on 5th Street, and seeing the same vendors every year sell their wares.

After your visit to the market, warm up at the Harrison Band Boosters Craft Show, (located inside Harrison High School!).  Come and start your holiday shopping early.  Or if you are hosting Thanksgiving, shop for the perfect favors to give to your guests.  My mom always makes sure when she hosts parties to have a little something for everyone to take home, and the Harrison Band Boosters Club Show has over 100 vendors to choose from.  With this many vendors, the hardest part will be choosing between the bountiful numbers of items!  Also, don’t miss having lunch at the Harvest Cafe.   Admission is $2.

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

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

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

It’s Officially May! Farmer’s Markets, Trolley Tours & Wolf Park Nights!

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.

It’s officially May, and with that being said, the Historic Lafayette Farmers Market is back for the season (May-October).  Fresh garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts, honey, jams and jellies; need we say more!  The market is located downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets, and will be open this Saturday, May 4 from  7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Also, don’t miss the Sagamore West Farmers Market open Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the Purdue Campus Farmers Market open Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.!)

Trolley Tour

Another summer favorite activity is back this Saturday, May 4; the “Trolley Tour“.   Every Saturday, May through September, visitors can take a tour of Lafayette on the CityBus trolley. The tour departs from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer guide will narrate a 50 minute fact-filled tour of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Wolf Park extends its “Wolf Park Howl Nights” to Friday (May-November) and Saturday (All year) nights starting this Friday, May 3!  Enjoy a night of learning wolf communication, while watching the staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolves of the main pack.  The best part of all is you can “howl with the wolves” all night long!

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