Vermilion: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:18 am

STATEHOUSE (July 23, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion).

The program is available thanks to a 2014 law and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Vermilion said more than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agriculture items in the state participate in Indiana Grown and new members join almost daily.

"It is as important as ever to support our local businesses and neighbors," Vermilion said. "Indiana Grown helps consumers do just that by labeling products made in Indiana, making these goods easier to find and purchase."

According to Vermilion, Indiana Grown members and partners include farmers, producers, processors, artisans, retailers, grocers and restaurants. Hoosiers can join for free online at IndianaGrown.org, and have to provide information to ensure their products meet Indiana Grown's guidelines.

Vermilion said consumers can also go to IndianaGrown.org for local shopping guides, recipes using Hoosier-sourced goods, locations of nearby farmers markets, and their popular Indiana Grown maps, trails and guides.

"You can visit Indiana Grown's website to find a variety of Hoosier-made products, or look into becoming a member for free," Vermilion said. "The benefits of joining are numerous, and it's another tool to help promote your business."

Housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in the last five years Indiana Grown worked with partners to connect schools with local food producers, paved the way for more locally sourced options in hospitals and made local products more readily available to consumers in grocery stores.

"My time with Indiana Grown has been truly rewarding," said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. "More important than these high impact projects are the ripple effects each one has created for our members and partners."

For a complete timeline of Indiana Grown's past five years and more information, visit IndianaGrown.org.

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State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

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