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Edward Tucker of Innovative Catering & Sweets shows their crab boil plate served at the July 17 Farmers Market

Lake County Eats Local adds more dates to Farmers Market at ArtHouse

Contributed By:The 411 News

Fresh produce, food crafts, and specialties from caterers to address food deserts in Lake County

More Farmers Markets are coming to the ArtHouse. Lake County Eats Local held their first market on July 17. New market dates are on the following Fridays: July 31, August 14 and August 28. Hours are 3 to 6pm.

LCEL Farmers Markets are held in Gary and East Chicago to address food accessibility

Vendors include Ancient Mystic, Faith Farms, Innovative Catering and Sweets, Laird Farms, That Keto Kitchen, Trail My Mix and Your Way Catering.

The program, funded by a grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture, is a partnership between the cities of East Chicago and Gary, Legacy Foundation, the NWI Food Council, and Purdue University Cooperative Extension. The program aims to increase revenue and sustainability in the two Lake County, Indiana cities.

The goal of Lake County Eats Local is to increase accessibility of fresh produce by offering farmers markets for a 16-week period during the summer, and on-the-go markets throughout the year. Markets will be located along locations that are easily accessible to residents, including ArtHouse in Gary and HealthLinc in East Chicago.

To increase affordability, vendors will be accepting payment options including EBT/SNAP and cash. Market dates and locations, vendor list and vendor application can be found at For more information, please email Program Manager Marie Pittman at

Story Posted:07/25/2020

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