5.29.2010

Chesterton European Market - Indiana


This is what came home with me from our outing to the Chesterton European Market today: one silk scarf, one bunch of local organic asparagus (although most asparagus is organic anyways), one beef steak tomato grown in a local hoop house, and one vintage jar from an antique store (soon to become a spice jar). It's still a little early in the season for local produce, but we did find a couple tasty items. Chesterton is more of an artisanal market than farmer's market. The majority of the vendors are selling handcrafted clothing, bags, breads, cheeses, art and jewelry. Although you will find produce and garden plants aplenty. 

Unlike the opening weekend on the first Saturday in May which was cold and windy with only a couple stands, today was 72, sunny and the market was packed with people and vendors.  I felt a little left out as we had neither a stroller nor a dog like 95% of the shoppers, but that's okay because both of those things would make navigating through a crowd difficult. 

The community of Chesterton is alive and well.  After perusing the booths we walked through the adjacent downtown district and visited several antique shops and then had lunch at a little outdoor cafe called Pablano's. 

What a great way to spend an afternoon.  The European Market is open 8:00-2:00 on Saturdays May - October in front of the old railway depot in Chesterton, Indiana.  For additional information visited the Chesterton European Market website: http://www.chestertonseuropeanmarket.com/

9 comments:

  1. Oh I love places like this. Our town, Vancouver WA, has a nice one also. It is still unseasonably rainy here, but I am pining for nicer weather and the chance to get out more easily.

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  2. I went to the market today too :) came back home with some tomatoes, green onions and a head of salad. Can't wait till next Saturday to go back again.

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  3. That scarf is beautiful... and so is that asparagus. I came home from the market today with a bunch of asparagus and a mint plant. It's the best of the season thus far!

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  4. That is an amazing looking tomato! Asparagus looks great too. I love going to markets like that! Looks like you had an awesome day :)

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  5. Nice loot. ;-) I'm really happy with the success our local farmer's market has had in the past few years. It's really great.

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  6. I love outdoor markets! Great purchases :)

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  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE outdoor markets :)

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  8. I LIKE THIS MARKET
    STELLA SRILANKA

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  9. What a wonderful afternoon. This is my kind of day:)

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