Elkhart to become a two-market town this season

 
by Gwen Ragno - gragno@flavor574.comApril 11, 2014
 
There’s a new farmers market opening this season in downtown Elkhart, in the same space vacated last year by the Elkhart Community Farmers Market. Peter Recchio, the owner, is excited at the prospect of bringing farm-fresh produce back to Main Street.
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Starting April 26, the Elkhart Community Farmers Market will be back in business at 1645 Cassopolis Street, in the building that houses the Penny Pinchers flea market. It will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
 
Langley said the new location is more spacious and will provide more visibility and thus, he hopes, more traffic for the market. Plus, it will allow him to offer on-site refrigeration for vendors who wish to store their goods between market days rather than hauling them in and out.
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Back on Main Street, the new Elkhart City Farmers Market will offer primarily local produce from vendors like Rise Up Farms, Fish Lake Organic Berry Patches and Ferro’s Breads, with a focus on organically grown foods and the farmers themselves manning their stands. Seasonal plants and flowers will also be available.
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Recchio’s vision is to have downtown restaurants supplying their menus with farm-fresh produce from the market, and cooking demonstrations hosted at the market on a regular basis. Church Community Services’ new Men Alive program is teaming up with Seed to Feed to operate a booth the market, giving those in the program a chance to practice the business skills they’re learning.
 
The Elkhart City Farmers Market will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays starting May 3, then add Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours as the season progresses.
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