Farmer Nick’s is back at the Market for the second year.  Founded by Nick Janovski 16 years ago, they provide pasture raised beef, pork, poultry, and eggs.  His family farm raises his livestock without the use of antibiotics or animal byproducts.  They are currently located in Spring Grove, Illinois. His […]

Farmer Nick’s: Sustainable Meat is Not an Oxymoron


The Benton Harbor fruit stand has been a favorite at Loyola’s Farmers Market since the market launched in 2011.  The company has been family-owned and operated since its founding in 1922, and is currently managed by farmer John Thaler.  John runs three different farms in Michigan.  The largest is in […]

Benton Harbor: Fruit Trees and Honey Bees


Vegetarian Express, commonly called Tamales Express, is well known at the Loyola Farmers Market for their delicious Hispanic food.  Run by Raul Diaz, Vegetarian Express has been offering fresh-cooked dishes for both vegetarians and meat-eaters at the Loyola Farmers Market since 2013. With tasty food options ranging from vegetarian or […]

Vegetarian Express: Food Everyone Will Love



Oatmeal raisin cookies. When you typically bite into an oatmeal raisin cookie, your first thought is, “Ah! This isn’t chocolate chip?!” But, when you bite into Kate Merrill’s oatmeal raisin cookie, you think, “Oh, THIS is how a cookie should taste. This is the best.” Want in on a secret? […]

Kate’s Cookies: Recipe for Sweet Success


Summer and weekends with grandpa meant getting up early, breathing in the fresh Wisconsin air, and working hard on the farm for John Patyk, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way.  His time and special childhood memories with his grandparents made him realize his dream: to own a […]

Patyk Farm: Family Farming at its Finest


Diane Mejia, owner and pastry chef of Mindful Baking, developed her specialty baking skills in pastry school. During this time, she discovered she was gluten and lactose intolerant. Instead of giving up on her flour-filled dreams, she decided to take the task of baking gluten-free and vegan goods. Mindful Baking […]

Mindful Baking: More than Dietary Restrictions



Being a vendor at the Loyola Farmers Market since its inception, Stamper Cheese is a real original. Bret Stamper, the owner of Stamper Cheese, boasts about the art of cheese making, “We age them to reveal deeper, spectacular flavors waiting to be unlocked.  These aged cheeses cannot be found elsewhere.  […]

The Art of Stamper Cheese


From left to right: Thomas is a junior studying Conservation and Restoration Ecology. He has volunteered with the market the last two seasons as a greeter and a booth assistant. He is excited to see the vendors from the previous years, and meet the new ones this year. Brandi is […]

Meet your 2016 management team!