Vendor Highlights

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 special childhood memories with his grandparents made him realize his dream: to own a farm of […]

Patyk Farm: Family Farming at its Finest

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-ownedand operated since its founding in 1922, and is currently managed by farmer John Thaler and his wife Rose.  John runs three different farms in Michigan.  The […]

Benton Harbor: Fruit Trees and Honey Bees

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

  Vegetarian Express, commonly called Tamales Express, is well known at the Loyola Farmers Market for their delicious 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

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