About Us

About Us


Marilyn’s Bakery, est. 1986, is a family run business located on Johnson’s Farm Produce, a 5th generation farm. We are passionate bakers and chefs, utilizing in-season and local ingredients to create the highest quality sweet and savory treats.

Marilyn’s Bakery is a full line bakery and café. Baking from scratch daily with our farm culture background, our goal is to share our unique homemade tradition with you.  Wedding cakes, baby shower caterings, birthday celebrations, funeral dinners, and holiday pie – Let our family tradition be part of your family tradition. 


Five generations of farmers instill a certain culture: eat what is in-season that you have grown, store for the winter, or don’t eat. Well, modern technology has helped us with that, but we continue to hold the same concepts about food. We eat in-season, local foods. It’s healthier, provides for the local economy, reduces the carbon footprint, and just tastes better. We source our ingredients first from the family farm, then from the area, and mostly within 100 miles. Even though we are now “carnivore friendly” we are committed to using only locally raised meats from small farmers. Taste the difference of fresh, minimally processed food. Food should be great!

Need Help for your party? Whether it is for an office party, meetings, or a backyard barbeque our Chef Ted Zych is offering catering services for all events and budgets.

Chef Ted Zych, General Manager of Marilyn’s Bakery, offers Summer Night Dinners on the Patio. Guest will choose from the Pre Fixe 3 course dinner: Appetizer, Main Entree, and Dessert. Service and drinks are not included. Menus will be reflective of in-season and local foods and will have both vegetarian and carnivore-friendly options. Enjoy a delicious dinner, straight from the farm. Paid reservations required. (Please note food allergies or considerations, if needed.) $25 - $30 depending on the menu. Menus will be posted one week in advance. 

Once a summer we offer a five course, gourmet vegetarian dinner. Set on Johnson’s Farm, guests dine in a community style atmosphere amongst the beautiful landscaping. The menu for each dinner is reflective of the season. We use in-season, locally grown produce to create a healthful, delicious, and truly unique dining experience. Menu may be tailored to accommodate food allergies and special requests. Paid reservations required.

We strive for superior customer attention and top quality products to offer a unique homemade tradition from our family to yours.


In the summer of 1986, Marilyn (Johnson) Pearson opened Marilyn’s Bakery in a small workspace at Johnson’s Farm Produce.  Aunt Carol Brenn passed down her bakery knowledge and equipment to Marilyn.  With the help of many family members the business continues to grow.  Today, Marilyn’s daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Robert, with their bakery crew produce almost 70,000 pies a year.  The tradition of a true family business continues.

As a family run business we are dedicated to serving both our neighborhood and our world by supporting the local economy and environment.  Since 1986 Marilyn’s Bakery has provided Northwest Indiana with quality homemade baked goods.  We have adopted the farm culture values of sustainability into our business practices, as we are dedicated to using local, in-season fruits and environmentally sound production practices.