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Dig IN to Indiana Pork

by Rob Gaston, March 3, 2015 We have now been featuring seasonal Indiana ingredients for a full year under our #INSeason campaign. Although there are more and more products all the time being grown in hoop houses, green houses, and hydroponic farms, we’re getting closer to those first warm season crops to come out of […]

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Meet the Chef – Brandon Canfield

By Haley Sorenson, February 17, 2014   We’re halfway through Dairy Month, and we spoke with  an Indiana chef at a restaurant attached to an Indiana creamery. Brandon Canfield is the Executive Chef at The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery located in Zionsville, Indiana. The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery is located above the Farm Store […]

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Kelsay Farms and More!

By Rob Gaston, February 10th, 2015 What’s going on in the month of February? Well, Valentine’s Day and lots of chocolate of course! It’s also our #INSeason month of dairy, and just so happens to be Lactose Intolerance month too. You can still enjoy dairy foods even if you do have lactose intolerance. Check out […]

Public Burger

The Simplest, Tastiest, Newest Burger In Town

Chef Tyler Herald, Public Greens, features Fischer Farms Beef to wow diners By Duncan Alney, January 29th, 2015 The short version of this story: the burger that Chef Tyler does at Public Greens is unbelievable. Now for the longer version. Take a ride to Broad Ripple Village and visit Public Greens Urban Kitchen. Public Greens […]

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J Ford’s Black Angus

By Rob Gaston, January 27th, 2015 Jeff and Kelly Ford have been faithful participants at the Taste of Indiana festival and great supporters of the Dig IN mission. Along with the style and quality of their restaurant, this made them the perfect choice to be featured for the #INSeason campaign during the month of beef! […]


Beef: It’s what’s INSeason!

A filling sloppy joe from Leah Beyer at Beyer Beware by Rob Gaston, January 16, 2015 As a reminder, our #INSeason program is teaching consumers what options you have to buy Indiana grown ingredients all year long. We’re providing facts, recipes, shopping tips, as well as chef recommendations on how to use and prepare these […]


Moody’s Butcher Shop

By Rob Gaston, January 12, 2015 As we begin the new year with ice, cold, and snow, we’re reminded that a lot of food will not grow outside of the proper season, but a goal of our #INSeason campaign is to show you what you CAN eat from Indiana even in the coldest of months. This […]

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INSeason Recipe: Fried Chicken

The fried chicken plate at Thunderbird with house made apple butter Fried Chicken in Pickle Brine, recipe from Andrew Whitmoyer at Thunderbird Serves 2 to 4 people   1 whole Chicken – broken down into 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breast (off bone), If not comfortable butchering chicken ask your butcher to cut it down […]


Meet the Chef: Andrew Whitmoyer

  Q&A by Erin Till, December 15th, 2014 Dig IN Chef Spotlight—December                 Andrew Whitmoyer, Thunderbird   Who are you and what do you do? My name is Andrew Whitmoyer, I am the Chef de Cuisine at Thunderbird in Fountain Square.  I just took over the kitchen there a little over a month ago.  I am […]

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Indiana’s Duck: Maple Leaf Farms

From Janelle Deatsman, Maple Leaf Farms, posted December 11, 2014 Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned business located in Leesburg, Indiana.  Although the company is the leading provider of duck products to retailers, restaurants and institutions throughout the country, it has a very rich Hoosier heritage and partners with more than 140 local […]

Why Buy Local

Small Business Saturday

By Rob Gaston, November 26th, 2014 2015 Update: INgredients, mentioned below, is now closed. Just another reminder of how important it is to support local food and small businesses, to reinforce your neighborhood economy. Other options now available in Indianapolis include Wildwood Market, R2GO, as well as the established Goose the Market. Plus, there are […]

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Persimmon Tortellini with Apples in Brown Butter

By Karen Mangia, November 25th, 2014 The humble persimmon is nature’s greatest practical food joke in the making.  Persimmons look beautiful hanging from trees, and many an unsuspecting guest to Hoosier farms has been lured into plucking one and taking a big bite, only to pucker in disgust.  It stands to reason that fruit can […]


Meet the Chef: Chris Eley

Erin Till, November 17, 2014 Who are you and what do you do? I am not sure who I am or what I do and that’s how I like it. I end up doing whatever needs to be done in order for us to be the best we can be. This often means tying up […]

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Persimmons are “INSeason”

By Rob Gaston, November 13, 2014 Persimmons-similar to how most of our fruit and vegetables used to be- are around for a limited period of time, never seen in the grocery stores out of season, and need to be processed and preserved fairly quickly to be used after their harvest time. Native to the southeastern US, persimmon […]

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Apple Breakfast Crisp

By Sara Sterly, October 9th, 2014 We try to eat and live as seasonally as possible. My favorite thing about eating seasonally is the self-imposed limits that it places on us. Don’t get me wrong – I love the environmental benefits, I love providing more for ourselves, keeping our food dollars mostly local, and all […]

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Meet Craig Baker

September 22nd, 2014 Q: What all do you do? A: I am the chef/owner of the Local Eatery and Pub and a partner at Plow and Anchor and Bent Rail Brewery.   Q: Have you always lived/worked in Indiana? If not, where were you before? What made you come (or return) to Indiana? A: I moved […]


The Decker Melon—a prized, late summer treat!

by Erin Till, September 17th, 2014 Have you heard of the highly-celebrated Decker melon? It’s not an actual variety, but rather a muskmelon named after the tiny town where it’s grown. Decker, Indiana (population 250!) is in Knox County, near the western border of the state. This town is famous for producing the most sought-after […]

My Indiana Food Memory

By: Ryan Puckett, August 12, 2014 “There’s nothing like a homegrown Indiana tomato.” At least that’s what my dad has been telling me since I was a kid. Growing up, I didn’t like tomatoes. While Jimmy Buffet ordered his paradise-inspired cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 and a bunch of other stuff, I ordered mine […]

The Ultimate Guide to Taste of Indiana

By: Meggie Dials, August 7, 2014 @meggiehd Failing to plan, means planning to fail. With A Taste of Indiana less than two weeks away, it’s time to get serious. First, buy your tickets. If you missed your chance at VIP, which is sold out, it’s because you didn’t plan. Fret not, my dear foodies…. General […]

Restaurant and Dishes Complete Lineup

Here’s the complete lineup of restaurants and dishes you can look forward to at this year’s #DigIN2014 Valley Kitchen and Bar Sweet and Spicy Chicken Tacos Farm: Miller’s Amish Poultry  Trader’s Point Creamery Candied Pork Belly with Indiana melon and fresh cheese curd Farm: Trader’s Point Creamery Wyndham West Hibiscus Shrub Farm: The Farm at […]

Celebrating 5 years of Dig IN

By: Annie Schmelzer, July 14, 2014 If you don’t know who started Dig IN, that’s not surprising.  There was no formalized organization or big event team standing behind that first year.  Dig IN 2010 was started by a vision in 2009, some luck, and a team of seven immensely dedicated individuals.  Fortunately, fifteen chefs/restaurants, six […]

Asparagus Risotto

  By Rob Gaston, May 15th, 2014 Photos and recipe by Heather Tallman Our friend Basilmomma  (aka Heather Tallman) has shared another recipe with us for our seasonal ingredient of the month, this time around, asparagus!  Heather loves the “delicately bright flavor and a subtle acidity”, and to truly experience the best flavor buy asparagus in season […]

Chef Aaron Butts

By Rob Gaston, May 12, 2014 Last year he brought Mini Wagyu Sliders with blue cheese mousse and tomato jam, and the year before it was Tongue in Cheek Wagyu tacos, but whatever Joseph Decuis chef Aaron Butts brings to a “Taste of Indiana”, you know it’s going to be creative and delicious. A true […]

Board Member Highlight

May 8, 2014 Board member Marcus Agresta is the General Manager for Piazza Produce, a wholesale delivery company based in Indianapolis. Piazza trucks pick up and deliver all the Indiana ingredients that are used by our chefs at the event, and provide support at the festival with refrigerated trucks on site. Other than this tremendous support, they […]

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