The cultural enrichment of the food scene in the Benton Harbor Arts District will take a quantum leap this summer and fall thanks to a couple that owns both an organic farm in Coloma and a mobile wood-fired pizza food truck that has been roaming the Midwest for the last several years but now will establish a presence on Main Street across from Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park.
You may well have crossed paths with Wendy Uhlman and her husband Steve Zieverink at places like North Pier Brewing or even in South Bend, Chicago and beyond, but this summer they are establishing a new space at 225 E. Main Street in the middle of the central business district as part of the Arts District where they will maintain the food truck and transition to part of the building there that has already been rehabbed, while they build out the rest of the space to be an Italian style Farm Market for the fall.
Wendy tells me that they established their organic farm half a dozen years ago, while the mobile food truck and market has been their vehicle for getting their products into the hands of fans. They also see the enterprise as a value-added way to express Steve's Italian heritage, lessons from his Nonna and past chef experience.
The new place will be named Emma Hearth & Market in honor of his Nonna, and plans are to have art and music be an integral part of the entire experience. Their organic farm is called Live Station Farm.