Lucas, Payne: ShopIndianaGrown.org connects Hoosiers to local products

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 2021) — Indiana Grown recently launched the Shop Indiana Grown online marketplace connecting Hoosiers directly to local vendors and products, according to State Reps. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Zach Payne (R-Charlestown).

"The variety of goods produced across our state continues to grow," Lucas said. "Indiana Grown members can benefit from the free marketing of their products on this new website, and consumers also have the opportunity to support their fellow Hoosiers."

When using ShopIndianaGrown.org, Hoosiers can find nearly 60 vendors offering more than 200 products for sale. According to Lucas, new vendors are signing up daily to sell their goods like honey, coffee beans, chocolate treats, hot sauces, candles, and more. Hoosiers can shop by product category and vendor, and purchase directly from the site.  

According to Payne, this new online marketplace helps Indiana farmers and producers reach a greater market for their products and be able to educate consumers on the importance of buying locally grown, raised, processed and packaged items.

"Expanding to an online marketplace helps connect consumers with thousands of hardworking Hoosiers," Payne said. "Buying local supports jobs, builds sustainable communities and honors our state's agricultural heritage."

More than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agriculture items in the state are Indiana Grown members. Lucas and Payne said Hoosiers can become a vendor for free online at ShopIndianaGrown.org and clicking on "become a vendor" at the top right of the page.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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State Rep. Zach Payne (R-Charlestown) represents House District 66, which includes
all of Scott County, most of Jefferson County and northeastern Clark County.
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