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The Indiana State Department of Agriculture encourages consumers to buy local whenever possible. Buying local gives consumers the opportunity to get some fresh high-quality food, get to know the farmer or entrepreneur so you can get questions answered and support your local community.
And Indiana has a wide variety to choose from! In addition to crops like corn and soybeans, Hoosier farmers grow more than 30 different major fruits and vegetables each year. Don’t know what fruits and vegetables are in season? Use the Indiana Fruits and Vegetable harvest Calendar.
Indiana is also one of the nation’s top producers of pork, beef, chicken, duck and eggs. Our state abounds with a cornucopia of food products from Indiana artisans that include sauces, desserts, candies, wines, beer and much more.
And it is easy to find the local foods you want and much more! Just go to Indiana Agritourism and Farmers’ Market Online Directory (more information below) to find the closest farmers’ market, U-pick or agritourism location near you.
ISDA, in partnership with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, created the Indiana Agritourism and Farmers’ Market Online Directory to help Hoosiers and visitors find agritourism destinations and locally-grown food across the state.
The Directory is exclusively on-line with interactive capabilities to allow consumers to easily search for their preferred product or destination. The Directory is also a free marketing tool to the farmers, food artisans and agribusinesses of Indiana. The online features also allows for access to their information so that the most up-to-date information on their destinations is available.
Steps to Register:
The Directory is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
ISDA offers the USDA National Organic Certification Cost Share Program to Organic Producers in the state who become organically certified or re-certified between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. Producer can simply fill out the attached two documents and send along copies of their organic certificate, invoice and proof of payment to ISDA in order to be eligible for this reimbursement program.
Hoosiers can now find farm-fresh eggs or just-picked apples right in their neighborhood, thanks to a new interactive Web site called MarketMaker. Learn more