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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.
Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic operators up to 75 percent of their 2015 (May 8, 2015 through December 1, 2015) certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements. This means operations must either have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent, or must have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement.
Please send all applications to Beth Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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