The foundation of our communities begin with our businesses and small business owners. With precision and care, the best locations are selected for shops, restaurants, markets, and boutiques, and as relationships with customers grow, so does the purpose of each company.
The Collective, a powerful team of entrepreneurs located in Northwest Indiana, is driven by community, and the passion to see local businesses thrive. On October 2nd, 2022, they will partner with Round Barn Estate in Baroda to bring their Fall Artisan Market, and its massive following of artisans, to Berrien County.
“We are all unique, and know how hard it can be running a small business,” says Jen Marren, Events and Marketing Specialist for Moersch Hospitality Group. “Being able to connect and support other businesses recovering after a pandemic means a great deal to us.”
Round Barn welcomed the first Collective market in July of this year, and could not wait to host another. More than seventy-five vendors will pop-up their shops on the grounds of the estate on Sunday (10/2), and from 11 a.m – 5 p.m, your shopping will support small businesses, local non-profits, and each other. You will find a vast array of handmade and specially-selected items: candles, beauty care, clothing, signs and home decor, crafts, jewelry, and so much more.
Admission for this event is $5 per person, and ten percent of the gate will be set aside to be donated locally. “The non-profit we have chosen to benefit from this market is United Way of Southwest Michigan. The funds raised will be dispersed to mental health services across the area,” Jen says.
Live music will echo throughout the vineyard as Erik Donner takes the stage from 1 p.m to 3 p.m, followed by PT & The Cruisers from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m for the usual, and always anticipated, Jammin’ In The Vineyard concert.
There is also an opportunity to participate in their Charcuterie & Wine Pairing Workshop, offered twice throughout market day. Join Olga, of Olga’s Food Truck, as she teaches the basics of charcuterie, and delights your palate with each exciting bite of adventure. A pre-selected wine flight is included, as well as a take-home charcuterie board for two, and covers the $5 admission to the market. Tickets for this workshop are $75.
This is a rain or shine event, so unless the skies turn stormy and the weather grows ferocious, the market is on! Round Barn asks you to follow their social media pages to stay up to date with any last minute changes.
“Collaborating through events like this allows us to continue the growth and awareness of small businesses across Southwest Michigan and the Northern Indiana areas,” says Jen. Sip your favorite Round Barn beverages, shop your favorite local artisans, and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Southwest Michigan, the harvest way. October is just around the corner, and the vineyards are calling your name.
By Jocelyne Tuszynski, MOTM Contributor