YLNI Farmers Market: Hawkins Family Farm
Jun03

YLNI Farmers Market: Hawkins Family Farm

Located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corner Barr Street and Wayne Street, it’s the Summer YLNI Farmer’s Market! The YLNI Farmer’s Market supports nearly 75 local farmers, producers, bakers and artists who will offer fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, breads, jewelry, and much more. Throughout the summer, attendees can enjoy free activities, such as yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and music entertainment, along with special events like Coffee with a Cop and Bottle and Bottega. In this series, we’ll be spotlighting local vendors. Today, we’re looking at Hawkins Family Farm! Hawkins Family Farm Back in 1957, John Leo and Velma Hawkins purchased ninety-nine acres of farmland in North Manchester, Indiana with their whole savings. Owned and operated by Jeff and Zach Hawkins, the farm is still going strong today! What they sell: Farm-raised beef, pork, turkey, chicken, and eggs, plus fresh vegetables. Why their products are awesome: When you buy from Hawkins, you can be sure that you’re shopping local and getting quality meat and produce! The family has been farming in Wabash County for six generations, and on the small farm outside of North Manchester for four generations. Advice to other business owners: “Fail boldly, but small. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but do so at a manageable scale. For example, this season we will try out several new vegetable varieties and some different breeds of chickens on the farm, but we will limit them to small plots and test batches in order to learn about them before we consider including them in our general rotation.” – Zach Hawkins Check out Hawkins Family Farm at the YLNI Farmers Market tomorrow! The summer market is located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corners of Wayne and Barr Streets, and is open rain or shine from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday now through September. Follow Hawkins Family Farm on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their website for a full list of products. Hawkins Family Farm is located at 10373 N 300 East, North Manchester, IN...

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