Six Food Producers to Follow
We aren’t suggesting a stalking episode here, but we do think these farmers and food producers are worth getting to know. Stop in at one of the state’s winter farmers markets to chat them up and taste-test the edibles.
Batch No. 2: Who knew you could turn mustard into a sought-after superstar, but food maker Zach Rohn has done just that. This time of year you can usually find him and a table full of his condiments (think traditional and curried catsups, ballpark mustard, blackened Cajun mustard and wholegrain mustard) at the Indy Winter Farmers Market.
In 2014, Big Brick House Bakery owner Leigh Rowan started producing a noodle and pasta line, and that line has since expanded to include stone-ground flours, mixes, artisan breads and more. Head to Fort Wayne’s winter market for a meet-and-greet with Leigh over some of her perfectly crusty creations.
Earl and Barbara Smith of Blue River Natural Foods are well-known in Hancock County farming circles for being champions of locally grown food. Catch up with them and their farm-raised fare (like beef, pork, chicken and eggs) at Greenfield’s Farmers Market at the Fairgrounds.
For chicken, pork and eggs from Indiana’s southern half, make your way to the Columbus City Winter Farmers Market, where you can meet Nate and Liz Brownlee of Nightfall Farm. For the past few years, the Brownlees have been very active in the Columbus local food scene, and—what with their work in creating the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition—they’re perched to become diversified farm proponents for the state.
Kristy Kikly was a senior research advisor at Eli Lilly and Company before becoming a goat farmer and cheesemaker with her husband, Mike Hoopengardner, at her side. Now the couple’s RedBud Farm and Caprini Creamery goat cheese creations have garnered fans and accolades statewide. Find the Caprini Creamery crew at the Broad Ripple Winter Farmers Market on the weekends.
The almond butter line of Revival Food Co. has such a following that you’d think eating those butters was something of a religious experience. Classic, Superspread, Coco Love and Chai Time make up the line of nutty spreadables, which can regularly be found, along with Revival owner Rachel Klein, at the Carmel Winter Market.