Shop Small Challenge Day 296: South Bend Farmer's Market

Since you’re already planning on driving a couple of hours for the mouth-watering “PBBJ burger,” you need to make another stop a couple of miles away. In fact, some of the produce and ingredients from Evil Czech Brewery come from here.  Don’t worry if it’s a rainy day, the South Bend Farmer’s Market is indoors and year round.

south bend marketWithout a doubt, if I lived in the area there would never be a reason to go to an actual grocery store. Though I love our local markets, an indoor market market offers more than ours possibly can: a huge assortment of dairy, fresh seafood, and local farm meats. Of course, since it’s indoors and year round, inclement weather is never an issue.

Granted, I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have, but it was crowded and frankly I was too busy kicking myself for not bringing a cooler so we could take more home.

Two booths you have to visit. The first, Wild Eats. Sure you can get juices and teas anywhere, but you won’t find 9 year old Kahlie just anywhere. Seriously, this girl can sell! She works at her parents’ booth- probably since birth- she knows her stuff, and offers a smooth up sell! The fresh, raw juice (mine was called something “Fred”) was delicious and the bottles they’re sold in are adorable.

ben'sThe other spot is Ben’s Soft Pretzels. Yes, you can get the traditional soft pretzel, but go with the ham & munster stuffed pretzel (reminded me of Gnarly Knots): filling, delicious, and by far the longest line at the market.

Still hungry after hitting all of the booths? There’s even a Cafe serving breakfast and lunch. I’m sure you can guess where the ingredients are sourced!

They’re obviously doing something right at the South Bend Market, it’s been in the same location since 1928, though it originated in 1911. It’s not overwhelmingly huge, but there’s certainly enough variety to please everyone.

Though it is open year round, it’s only open 4 days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Ben’s Soft Pretzel photo credit

South Bend Farmer’s Market
1105 Northside Boulevard
South Bend IN 46615

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