If you didn’t notice yet, Indiana is mostly made up of cornfields. While that means that we have awesome corn mazes in the fall, it also means that we have fantastic farm-to-table restaurants throughout the year. With so many delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Indiana, we thought we would highlight three from each region.
Artisan (Elkhart) – This Northern Indiana gem is rooted in farm-fresh Midwestern cuisine. Its menu is filled with delicious dishes inspired by Indiana like its pork chop, a, “roasted four spiced pork chop, stone ground cheddar grits, mustard greens, honey-bourbon jus.” Artisan even has a AAA Four Diamond Award for excellence.
Corndance Tavern (Mishawaka) – Corndance Tavern brands itself as, “a true farm to fork experience.” It is most well-known for its char-grilled steaks with 8 and 12oz. filet mignon, 12 oz. New York strip, and 16 oz. Ribeye options. Corndance also sells its dry aged beef Monday through Saturday at its sister store, Bourbon & Butcher.
Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks (Fair Oaks) – First, if you have never been to the magical world that is Fair Oaks Farms, do yourself a favor and check out their website: http://fofarms.com/. Secondly, Fair Oaks Farms has a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant called The Farmhouse, with many of its ingredients sourced from the Farm.
Jefferson Street BBQ (Converse) –Owner Lindsay Dingman Sheffield has made it a goal to, “focus on ‘local’ being a mindset and not a tag line.” Sheffield’s restaurant exemplifies this mindset, with numerous local partners. For example, Sheffield’s family farm, Double Deuce Produce, supplies the Hickory wood to smoke the BBQ.
Payne’s Restaurant (Gas City) – Perhaps the most unusual restaurant on this list, Payne’s Café and Restaurant is known for its British fare. Owner, Stephen Payne, grew up in England but then moved to Fairmont because it was the birthplace of James Dean. The menu is filled with delicious locally-sourced dishes with British flair.
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Bluebeard Indy (Indianapolis) – With so many fantastic locally-sourced restaurants in downtown Indianapolis, it was hard to narrow it down. Ultimately, we chose Bluebeard because it lists its partner farms on the first page of its website and it is absolutely delicious. Who would not want peach ricotta butter with a bread basket?
The Loft at Traders Point Creamery (Zionsville) – We could not write an article about farm-to-table restaurants in Indiana without including THE farm-to-table restaurant, the Loft at Traders point Creamery. The Loft Restaurant features many dishes sourced from the creamery, Indiana’s only organic dairy farm.
Locally Grown Gardens (Indianapolis) – If you have ever driven past Locally Grown Gardens, it may strike you as a market or a unique gift store. In fact, it is all those things and more. It brands itself as, “a year-round farm market chef owned and operated” with a seasonal menu. This is certainly a foodie experience that you do not want to miss!
FARM (Bloomington) – If you are a foodie from Indiana, you will likely have heard of FARM. Headed by Chef Daniel Orr, FARM is known for providing what it calls, “real food.” Everything is seasonal and local with memorable dishes such as its, “World Famous 4th Generation Buttermilk Biscuits and Apple Butter.”
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant (Starlight) – Have you ever picked your own apples from an apple orchard? In the 1960s, farmers did not think that “city folk” wanted to pick their own fruits and vegetables. Well, that is, until Joe Jr. Huber decided to put in an ad in the paper advertising, “picking your own green beans,” at his family farm. From that point onward, Joe Huber’s has been a southern Indiana foodie hotspot. Today they have a restaurant featuring locally-sourced ingredients and providing farm-fresh fare.
What have we learned in this article? Not all farm-to-table looks the same and there are a plethora of fantastic options right here in Indiana. Here is to delicious local eating!
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