Date: Aug 10, 2016
Produce Aisle at the Shipshewana Flea Market
It's the USDA's National Farmer's Market Week! To celebrate, I went out to the produce aisle at the Shipshewana Flea Market, also known as our "farmer's market" to see what I could find.
The first booth I stopped in is right at the corner. It's Boersma's, and they've got lots of locally grown veggies and fruits. Tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, green beans, blueberries, cherries...so much! An amish man named James runs the booth for the owner, Larry Boersma. James buys all local produce when he can. The fruits and veggies he labels as "local" are all purchased within a 10 to 15 mile radius of Shipshewana. He also carries produce from Michigan and other areas to be able to offer such a wide variety of goods.
You'll also find baked goods that were homemade by James' wife in Boersma's booth. She does baking every Monday for the Tuesday and Wednesday market.
Right across the aisle from Boersma's is Cox Landscape Nursery. You've probably noticed their beautiful bushes and flowers as you've passed by, or maybe even as you've stood in line for some of Harvey's Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Gary Cox has been a vendor in the produce aisle of Shipshewana Flea Market for 13 years. If you don't see the plant you want at the flea market, Cox Landscape Nursery will get it for you.
"We have quality plants and affordable prices," said Gary.
Here are some other sights from the produce aisle. Lots of great locally grown food - even Red Haven peaches! Plus honey, jam, olive oil, fairy garden supplies, hanging flower baskets, mums, and more. Be sure to load up while you're here! And happy National Farmer's Market week!
The Shipshewana Flea Market is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm from May through the first weekend in October. Also open on Labor Day!