A growing resource to gardeners since 1954
In 1954, Cecil and Janet Jansen opened what would become a blooming fruit market in Hobart: Jansen's Fruit Market. Their open season began in the spring with spring vegetables, some flowers and vegetable plants. These goods were mostly grown locally in northwest Indiana or southwest Michigan.
By the 1960s, Cecil had expanded his business by joining forces with his two sons, Walter and Bruce. And by the 1970s, business was booming. Jack Furgye began working in 1973 as a stocker and carry-out boy. As Jack Furgye gained experience, so did Bruce Jansen.
As years passed, and with his father's blessing and mentorship, Bruce took over the market. As demand grew in the late '70s and early '80s, Bruce and Jack expanded their knowledge and selections of plants and produce. They began selling many different varieties based on feedback from customers.
In 2010, Jack Furgye took over the business with his wife, Robin. Like previous years, Jansen's opened this year in late March, selling mostly nursery stock and fresh produce. However, the market offers a much larger variety of plants than years past.
Jansen's has five greenhouses. Landscaping nursery stock, perennial and annual flowers are also sold there. This includes hanging baskets, most new assortments of potted annual flowers, and a wide selection of flowering tropical plants.
As the seasons change, so does Jansen's stock -- from spring plants to refreshing summer fruits, and from summer fruits to fall harvests. After planting season, the market sells a wide range of fresh produce that comes from all over the country. Voted by consumers of northwest Indiana, Jansen's sells "the best fresh produce in northwest Indiana."