Spring in Northern Indiana
There’s nothing we look forward to more than our Farmer’s Markets opening in May. In addition to the sweet scents of wildflowers, the heavenly aromas of local market wares begin to fill the air as they open their doors to the spring. And as the spring turns to summer and then autumn, the fresh produce that’s available just becomes more and more abundant. The Chesterton European Market, Portage Community Market and Valparaiso Farmer’s Market feature farm fresh produce, honey, baked goods, artisan products and more from May or June through October.
The Culver Farmers' Market and Plymouth Farmers’ Market are two more of our favorites. You’ll find annual bedding plants and perennials, homemade jams and jellies, popcorn, all-natural wreaths, fresh and dried flowers, and fresh farm produce that was harvested by the grower just hours before the Market opens for business. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
Known as the “Antique Mecca” of Northwest Indiana, one LaPorte County’s biggest draws is the LaPorte County Antique Show, which features dealers from several states showcasing everything from lamps to vintage linens. You’ll also enjoy an antique tour that takes you around to the best the County has to offer.
Celebrate the arrival of spring in Downtown South Bend at an Egg Stravaganza for all ages. Start with a family buffet breakfast and greet Peter Rabbit. Then hop right into the excitement of balloon bunnies, egg painting, sack races, egg hunts, wagon rides and more!
Spring is a wonderful time to visit our many parks. You’ll discover six outstanding county parks including Ox Bow and River Preserve along the Elkhart River, and a wooded preserve surrounding historic Bonneyville Mill, Indiana’s oldest gristmill. Our two major rivers, the tranquil and wide St. Joseph and the narrow and swift-running Elkhart River, offer diverse landscapes and wildlife. On the St. Joseph, anglers will find great fishing for walleye just below the dam east of Elkhart. And both rivers are excellent for bluegill, catfish, and small- and large-mouth bass. At the confluence of the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers a footbridge connects Island Park to the quiet terraces, picnic tables and benches of the RiverWalk —an outstanding example of urban waterfront landscape architecture.
As the weather begins to warm, local worshippers start warming up their boat engines. Dewart Lake, Lake Tippecanoe, Webster Lake and Lake Wawasee all feature unique boat-in church services held on the lake beginning Memorial Day weekend. To join in, simply anchor your boat near the “altar boat” or participate from the shores.
Another local event that signifies the arrival of spring is the opening day of the Midwest’s Largest Outdoor Flea Market. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from May through September, the Shipshewana market is filled with vendors selling antiques, books, candles, clothes, crafts, fresh fruit, furniture, games, gifts, home décor, jams, jewelry, kitchen items, leather goods, plants, signs, spices, tools, toys and more.