Meet Stacy and Jessi Franco, Owners of 42 Bakery, Indiana's only Licensed Bakery Offering 100% Keto Baked Goods

42 Bakery is the passion-project of co-owners Stacy and Jessi Franco. Along with Stacy's daughters Charlee and Tessa, they make up a true family business. They four work together to create delicious,...

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Farmers can Fake Freshness, but not Flavor.

Many people make the decision to purchase local food because it's proven to be better for their communities and the environment. But, is there anything else in it for the consumer other than a good co...

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Want to Reduce Food Waste? Think Beyond the Imperfect, Ugly, & Misfit Produce.

It has been estimated that about one third of all food produced is thrown away. We are wasting food at home, in restaurants, and at the grocery store. But what most consumers have been surprised to...

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Shattering the Illusion of Egg Label Claims

Have you heard the stereotypes "helicopter parent" and "free range parent?" A helicopter parent hovers over their child every moment. On the contrary, a free range parent lets their kids roam wild, ...

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Instead of Layoffs, This Factory Put its Workers in Debt: The Untold Story of Industrial Agriculture's Injustices.

The factories are closing. Jobs are leaving our cities. People are caught in the crossfire of shifting policies, both domestic and abroad. It's a narrative that is all too familiar in America. ...

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Chicken Florentine with a side of Plastic? Maybe shipping meals isn't so great for the planet after all.

Busyness is becoming normal. Even a status symbol. And it's given rise to a new industry: The Life Optimization Industry. Thanks to busyness, the business of life optimization is booming. The...

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Who Gives a Crap about Grass-Fed Beef? ... Chickens, apparently.

For many of us the image, and maybe the only image, we have of a farm is the idyllic "story book" farm. A sweet farm complete with a classic red barn and a garden. Chickens in a coop, pigs in a ...

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Making Soil from Dirt (And, yes, there is a difference).

At Honey Creek Farm, Tim Carter is turning dirt back into soil. In 1974, Tim came home from Purdue to the family farm with the vision for America's "big ag" that was being taught in ag classrooms ever...

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Trial by Fire: The Story of J & N Farm

When Jay and Nancy Jernigan moved their family from Chicago to Evansville in 2015, their youngest son, Kaleb, thought maybe he'd get a horse. Instead, he got 12 baby chicks as pets. But when their ...

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Why are there Blue or Green Spots on my Farm-Fresh Meat?

We get this question quite often: "My meat has green [or, blue] spots on it. Is it mold?" No. It's ink. So, the natural question is: Who's been marking on my meat? It's the government. Not the...

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Stumptown Cattle Company: Vintage Farming in a 21st Century Market

On 100 acres near Nappanee, Indiana, Rod Mullet and his wife Terrie have rekindled his grandfather’s beef farm, even following the same methods that grandpa once used.  But not before Rod le...

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Meet Tim & Tiffany Shinkle, TS Farms

Up until a few years ago, Tiffany Shinkle would tell you that she and her husband, Tim, were just “play farming.” But playing got serious when Tim was laid off from his job. Faced with a ca...

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From Hog Farm to Peach Orchard -- Four Decades on the Harker Family Farm

It's not just a name. Family remains at the center of Harker Family Farms & Orchard, located in Shelby County near Waldron, Indiana. Joe and Debbie Harker raised their family on the farm. T...

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A Local Food Story: Honey Creek Farm

The story of Carter's Honey Creek Farm in Howard County is, in a way, the story of local food everywhere... and it's a story that needs to be told and shared. In 1974, Tim Carter came back fro...

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Meet the Indiana family farm behind our Local, Farm-Fresh Milk Delivery.

When Tom and Sally Waitt first started their dairy herd in Sheridan, Indiana nearly 30 years ago there were 13 dairy farms in the county.  Today, the Waitt's farm is one of two that remains. ...

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Meet Mark LaFay, Founder and Owner of Old Major Market

Central Indiana native and IUPUI grad Mark LaFay has worn many professional hats - tech innovator, concert promotor and event producer to name a few. Through it all, a passion for barbecuing an...

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Meet Susannah and Emanuel Slabaugh, owners of Poole Mill Produce

Decades before starting her very own produce farm with her husband Emanuel, Kentucky native Susannah Slabaugh began observing her father operate a hydroponic greenhouse where he grew tomatoes a...

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Atom Acres Family Farm: For Love of Local

When Matthew and Ann Merritt met ten years ago in Maui, little did the two know that they would one day be wed, much less did they expect to one day relocate to Matt’s hometown of Fort Wayne....

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Stonewall Farm: Pasture-Based, Exceptional Taste

Learning about Sarah and Bobby Cannon’s southern Indiana farm is like getting a cool history lesson. The couple raises breeds that were prevalent before the industrial agriculture boom—old-...

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Meet Jeannie Marrugo, Owner of Cafe Baby

When Jeannie Marrugo’s daughter Camila became old enough to start eating solid foods, Jeannie had no idea how extensive the range of baby food products and brands available in the marketplace...

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Meet the Bruno Family.

If one word could describe Gary-based Organic Bread of Heaven bakery, and the way it conducts its business, it would be family. Not only have Abigail Bruno and her family owned and operated the...

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Meet the Hitzfields: Committed to Quality

The Hitzfield family knows firsthand the benefits of sustainable growing methods and nutrient-dense foods. It was the late 1990s when Beth, mother to the seven sons, was diagnosed with an autoi...

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Becker Farms: A Lifelong Commitment to Ag

For nearly his entire life, Kyle Becker has been determined to run his own farm. When Kyle graduated from Purdue’s veterinarian program in 2007, Kyle and his wife Emily almost immediately beg...

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Meet Mary and Roger Winstead, Owners of Beautiful Edibles Farm

Beautiful Edibles Farm, the passion project of Newburgh, Indiana natives Mary and Roger Winstead, is the result of a lot of hard work and a little serendipity. In 2016, while living in Lake Cou...

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Meet Loren & Dion Graber: Growing Quality Produce 365 Days a Year.

While the physical size of Bremen-based Micro Farms LLC might be relatively modest at a quarter of an acre, the idea behind the operation is vast. Loren Graber grew up on his family’s corn, s...

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Meet Skylar, Head Brewer at Circle City Kombucha.

Skylar Williams is a native of Portland, Oregon, where he enjoyed a wide selection of fermented foods like Kombucha, Kim Chi, and Kefir. In fact, he was drinking so much Kombucha that he decide...

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The Farming Engineers: Organic Produce Down to a Science

For Lisa and Matt, “Farming Engineers” is more than just a clever name. The farming couple graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and worked as mechanical and software engineers...

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Sycamore Run Farm: Ahead of the Curve in Grass-Fed Livestock Production

Jason Hobson was becoming proficient in organic and grass-fed livestock farming long before such concepts became buzzwords at groceries and farm markets. 20 years ago, after graduating from IU ...

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The New Engelbrecht's Orchard

What do you do after retiring from a 30-year career in the corporate world?  For Tim and Kristi Schulz, they bought an orchard.  Not just any orchard.  Natives of Southwest Indiana remember ...

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Local Soup That Sells Out the Farmers Market

It's been nearly three years to-the-day since I first met Lisa.  She was a mom-turned-chef, cooking up soup 12 quarts at a time in a small kitchen in Carmel. Every week at the local farmers ma...

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Indiana's First Certified Organic, 100% Grass-Fed Dairy Farm Delivers

Tucked away near the heart of Indiana, in a triangle of 3 interstates, hidden in the woods is a farm.  Traders Point Creamery is owned today by Fritz Kunz and Jane Kunz, and it’s been in ...

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An Unlikely Farmer

Claire Trost was an unlikely farmer. She was born in downtown Chicago without any connection to agriculture. Her husband Adam, on the other hand, was raised in a small Indiana town in an agrib...

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James Gilles, 5th-Generation Farmer

James Gilles represents the fifth generation of Gilles to farm the hilly land west of Owensboro since his ancestors first homesteaded there in the 1800’s.  Over more than a century, his fami...

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A New Lease on Life... and Farming.

For Jesse Larkins, consumers’ rising interest in local food not only gave him a second chance at farming, it gave him a second chance at life.  15 years ago, Jesse and his wife Jera had give...

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Vendor Highlight: Rainfield Farm

For nearly 10 years, you could find Shane Hansen, sleep-deprived and groggy, but volunteering faithfully at his local farmers market in Chicago.  You can’t blame him for being a bit sluggish...

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Freedom Foods: A Family Farming Affair.

For Ryan and Kim Schleman, farming is a family affair.  The Schleman family has been farming in Indiana for over 150 years.  But when farming began to change in the late 20th century—geneti...

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A Pig is a Pig, Right?

A pig is a pig, right? Well, after 10 years in 4H, Amy McKamey realized that might not be true. After decades of industrial farming in the U.S., the variety of pigs you find at county fairs and...

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The Reimann Family Farm

When Karen was a young girl on her dad’s farm, she and her two sisters spend their summers working in the strawberry fields.  Her dad, Jim Reimann, had planted several U-Pick patches around ...

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