Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch spent several days this week on Indiana farms getting a first-hand look at how the Indiana Grown program is working. On Tuesday, she visited several farms in the Converse area that produce products for the Indiana Grown program. Heather Tallman, with Indiana Grown, said Crouch visited the Hunt Family Farm and Healthy Hoosier Oil, “This was a chance for the Lt. Governor to interact with some of our members and have a true farm to table experience.”
On Wednesday, Crouch met with several food distributors that are working with Indiana Grown members to get products into the retail chain, companies like Piazza produce. “They deliver Indiana Grown fresh fruit and vegetables to grocery stores as well as restaurants around the state. Piazza has even started putting the Indiana Grown logo on their delivery trucks. Retailers and distributors are really beginning to trust the brand,” noted Tallman.
Since January, the Indiana Grown program has grown from 500 members to close to 1000 members. Tallman told HAT they are getting more and more inquiries from restaurants about where they can source locally grown food.