STATEHOUSE (July 27, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).
The program is available thanks to a 2014 law supported by Ziemke and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Ziemke 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.
"Indiana has always been known as a farming state, but many Hoosiers may be surprised at the variety and number of goods produced here, from honey and candles to pasta and soap," Ziemke said. "Indiana Grown has been an invaluable tool in connecting this vast network of producers into one convenient marketplace."
According to Ziemke, 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.
Ziemke 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.
"Now more than ever, we need to keep our communities in mind when shopping for food and other products," Ziemke said. "Supporting our fellow Hoosiers helps sustain our essential farming industry and strengthens our economy."
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.
State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
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