Daniel with Fairstream Farms
Mitch with Muddy Hands 219
Clint with Misbeehavin' Meads
Ali with Native Roots Farm
Coffee Creek Farmers Market is in its fourth year of operation. We pride ourselves on being the first 'Producer Only' farmers market in Porter County and sole market in all of NWI to have such standards. That means that ALL vendors grow, make, produce, and create the products for sale. Vendors include local farmers, specialty food producers, food trucks, and artisans.
We do have exceptions, such as local fruit and sweet corn,
in which case the item will include the farm of origin.
The 'Producer Only' model is important to small local businesses because the true cost of production is often significantly different compared to 'big box style businesses'. Think of a small local coffee shop compared to Dunkin' Donuts. By only accepting 'Producers' we create a more appropriate retail setting for our local community Farmers Market.
The perks of supporting our Farmers Market:
1) You often engage with the business owner. They are more
knowledgeable, carry a passion for what they do, and provide better customer service.
2) You learn about and directly engage with your community: We all belong to NWI and together we grow, sustain, and discover what The Region is all about!
3) Your supports affects our Community, both socially & economically! Join our Market Membership Program by clicking here!
Coffee Creek Farmers Market started as an idea in the Winter of '15-'16 by Ali and Damien Appel of Native Roots Farm.
One winter day they were driving back to their farm brainstorming new sales outlets for their produce for the upcoming Season. Ali said that Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve (CCWP) would be the perfect location for a Farmers Market.
In the Spring of 2016 Damien meet with CCWP to present the idea. CCWP said, "Yes! We'd love one!" What he didn't know going into the meeting was that he was going to be the one to organize and manage the weekly event. Damien with his strong entrepreneurial spirit jumped right into the Market Manager position after receiving approval from the CCWP Board of Directors and Town of Chesterton.
Damien assumes the management of the Farmers Market every Wednesday (3-7 pm) while Ali sells their produce and other goods at the Native Roots Farm market booth. They are joined by a conscious committed group of vendors who love being part of a 'Producer Only' Farmers Market and building the community of Local Food in NWI.
Native Roots Farm, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, champions its Coffee Creek Farmers Market as a major success in working toward its mission:
To promote the development of a local sustainable food system.