If you’re looking for a family friendly and fun way to start your weekend, make sure to stop by the Chesterton European Market. There is a variety of food that entices you the minute you step out of your car. There is always fresh hot coffee, produce is sold at an assortment of booths, there are crafts and clothing, and plenty of items to treat yourself to or that would be a perfect gift for family and friends.
Saturday May 7, 2016 launched the 13th year for the market. What started with just a handful of participants has grown to become a community favorite event with vendors from all over the Midwest. From food and crafts, to live music and even tree seedlings from the Chesterton Tree Committee there are plenty of options for all ages to enjoy.
“This is our fourth year here. Today we are giving out 500 seedlings for free which includes Dogwood, Redbud, and River Birch.” Said Gina Darnell of the Chesterton Tree Committee.
Darnell says that these seedling go fast and are an effort to make positive impact through the Tree City USA program that Chesterton is a part of.
Ken Flagel of Flagel’s Sugar House Pure Maple Syrup in Benton Harbor says that he started six years ago after trying local markets and hearing about Chesterton’s.
“It’s been fun ever since. I always look forward to coming back,” Flagel said.
Colleen Froehlich, whose products include breads, homemade jams, and preserves says that she enjoys being a part of the market because of, “The high quality products and loyal customers.”
The market is full of locals and non-residents alike.
Maura Durham, the president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce said, “We are so excited to be back for the 2016 season. The weather has worked out and the rain hasn’t deterred anyone from the fabulous vendors we have here. It’s a great atmosphere and what is really fun to see is the friendships between the vendors. Year after year they come back and support each other, it’s a wonderful event to be a part of.”
Durham says that she loves to see the vendors hugging, catching up, and the strengthening the bond that they’ve formed through the years because of this event. As a special bonus for this year the chamber was thrilled to have Ric Feterighi of WIMS AM 1420 doing a live broadcast at the market.
The Chesterton European Market is open each Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October from 8am to 2pm rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.chestertonseuropeanmarket.com/.