Get your “fresh” on this summer
May11

Get your “fresh” on this summer

By Lauren Caggiano Summer is synoymous with fresh in the Summit City. What better way to make the most of the summer season than patronizing local famers markets and other venues? Schmucker’s Produce Farm, 12815 Doty Road in New Haven, is a must-see for anyone who appreciates fresh, locally grown food. The grocery section offers a sundry of items, including grains, dried herbs, raw sugar, soup bases, seasonings, marinades, noodles, cereals, canned meats, beans, nuts, seeds, syrups, jams, apple butter, salsas, pickled eggs, candy, pop corn, and even soap! Many of these items are produced by the Schmucker family.  They also have a small fresh cheese section and an impressive produce section. You can’t much fresher than this! Hours are April through October are Monday-Saturday 9 am to 5pm; closed on Sundays. Note: many Amish businesses do not accept credit cards, so have plenty of cash on hand or a checkbook handy!In the spring and summer months, be sure to check out the greenhouse located on the property.  They typically have tomato, cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupe, strawberry, eggplant, pepper, okra, and assorted herbs, just to name a few, all ready to be planted in your garden or container.  Check out the beautiful flowers for planting, as well as pots of mixed plants and hanging baskets, are ready to add some color to your porch or patio. Joseph Decuis is all about the farm-to-table experience. Located about 20 minutes outside of Fort Wayne, this farm/restaurant/store is quite the experience. One of the most intriguing aspects of the farm is the story of  its Wagyu beef. According to their website, they are the only restaurant in the United States raising Wagyu beef, strictly employing the all-natural, humane Japanese husbandry practices taught us by the legendary Wagyu farmer, Mr. Shogo Takeda. The good news is you don’t have to eat at the restaurant or cafe to experience their world-class products.They offer for sale special cuts of their farm-raised Wagyu, and other seasonal foods, from like minded farmers. In addition, their chefs prepare quiche, desserts, and seasonal soups all frozen to be enjoyed at home. Barr Street Market, at 302 E. Berry St. is organized by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, and boasts fresh produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts.Local musicians are there to entertain as welll. The best part is they opened earlier in the season than in year’s past. Catch them now thru September Saturdays from, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Southside Farmer’s Market, at 3300 Warsaw St., is a diamond in the rough. This one is off the beaten path, but well-respected in the community for its  locally grown fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, antiques, fresh baked goods,...

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