NWI Food Council attends Indiana Land Use Summit

Board President Anne Massie and Vice President Virginia Pleasant attended Purdue University's first ever Land Use Summit. The day provided lots of opportunity for networking and we were happy to run into fellow local food advocates Stephanie Henry (Northeast Indiana Food Council) and Liz Brownlee (Hoosier Young Farmers and Indiana Land Stewardship Council). Municipal planners and non-profits had the opportunity to learn about the importance of proactive planning for food and ag inclusion


Johnson's Strawberry Farm Tour with the Blueberry Growers of IN

photos ©2017 Sarah Highlen

Thank you to the Blueberry Growers of Indiana for inviting us to join their group for a tour at Johnson's Farm Produce

The Johnson family has been growing food for the region for 75 years! How cool is that? It all started in 1940, when Ethel Johnson began selling extra tomatoes from her garden. Soon, Ethel, her husband Clark, and their son Rod saw the little business grow, and converted an old barn to use as a market. Unlike many farmstands, Johnson's still grows almost everything they sell — a true local food tradition in Northwest Indiana!  🍓  

You'll even find farm-to-table baked goods next door at Marilyn's Bakery, launched in 1986 by Marilyn (Johnson) Pearson. They prepare fresh food and baked goods daily, including strawberry whipped pies made with strawberries harvested fresh from Johnson's.

Council Helps with Sunday Supper

We were pleased to facilitate the local ingredient sourcing for Sunday Supper with Farms, Forks & Foodies at Lubeznik Center for the Arts on Sunday! (And by "we", we mean our Anne — thank you, Anne!) This delicious and beautiful evening featured ingredients from Acorn Acres Farm, Garwood Orchards, Gunthorp Farms, L E Garden, Native Roots Farm, Steckler Grassfed, plus foraged mushrooms via CoThrive Timebank, all prepared by Chef Barry Smith and his team from Shoreline Brewery. After dinner, we were treated to discussion with David Hoppe (author of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest), Joe Vuskovich of Yats, and Greg Gunthorp of Gunthorp Farms.

We'd love to keep helping with farm-to-table events, as our schedule allows. If you need local food sourcing or you're a local farmer/food producer and we don't know each other yet, please get in touch!