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Welcome to the Indiana Foodways, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Indiana. We are a membership organization of inquisitive eaters, good cooks, culinary historians, chefs, food journalists, restaurateurs, culinary tourists, artisans and manufacturers.

Our membership encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.

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Tales from the Trails Blog

  • Indiana Fall Fun

    Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Indiana Foodways Alliance's Farm to Table Trail has some of the best U-picks and Fall Fun in Indiana. Find the latest happenings and fun below!

    It's apples galore at Lafayette's Wea Creak Orchard. A variety of apples are ready for a day filled with u-picking. Mark your calendars for their Apple Pie Baking Contest next weekend, customers can sample the apple pies of each contestant, then vote for your favorite one. This event takes place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12 PM - 4 PM. Seasonal Hours: July-Oct, Thursday 10AM-6PM, Friday 10AM - 6PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM. Wea Creek is located at 5618 South 200 East, Lafayette, IN, 47909 Phone: 765.807.6142

    Tuttle Orchards - It is Fall Fun every Saturday with u-pickings, hayrides, corn mazes, apple slushies, and other fall fun activities. The apples are ripe for a one of a kind, apple u-picking experience, filled with adventures for everyone. Below are activities for this Saturday so bring your appetite or your sweet tooth and get ready to have some fun!

    Activities: Pick your own Apples in the orchard to take home. Choose from $6, $12, $20 size bag to pick. Tractor Town Adventure Farm Area Open: $5/child or see info below about our combo pass. Watch the Bees: See the honey bees hard at work making honey. Take a hayride: Hop on the hayride and hear about the farm. $4/person or see our combo pass info below. Agrimaze/Corn Maze $5/person or see combo pass info below. Save with a Combo Pass: Includes a pass to Tractor Town, Corn Maze, and Tractor Rides. $9/child or adult Treats to Eat: Tuttle's Grill: Will be open from 10:30AM-5:30PM offering hot dogs, bratwurst, pulled pork sandwiches, ribeye sandwiches, and more. Tuttle's Cafe and Sweet Shop: Caramel apples, apple donuts, apple cider slushies, fudge, and more. Cost: There is no admission or parking charge to visit Tuttles. There is a separate charge for some activities and food items. Tuttle Orchard is located at 5717 N. 300 West, Greenfield, IN Phone: 317.326.2278

    Beasley's Orchard located in Danville, opens their Fall Attractions beginning September 21 through October. Experience their amazing Circle City Corn Maze paying homage to Indianapolis. Enjoy your day with U-picking apples, hayrides, a trip to the pumpkin patch and so much more. Their award-winning cider is a great way to cool off during this Indiana Summer or enjoy it warm when the temperatures cool off, either way, it will hit the spot! Attractions Hours: Friday: 1pm-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm. Beasley's Orchard located at 2304 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122

    Apple of His Eye located in Anderson is a U-taste Orchard. What is a U-Taste Orchard? Answer: A variety of apples made available for tasting so the customer can find the perfect match for their taste buds. Sweet treats are available such as apple cinnamon donuts (a special recipe crafted with the Pillsbury company), jams, jellies, cider, and local honey. Seasonal Hours: Open Mon. - Sat. 10-6 Apple of His Eye located at 3185 S. 300 E. Anderson IN 46017 Phone: 765.378.6265

    The Big Peach is a family owned farm market open daily May through October. This southern Indiana market offers a vast variety of fresh produce grown right on their farm. Their gift shop boasts local jams & jellies, local honey, handcrafted embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and much more. Grab your phone and be sure to take your picture on the iconic "Big Peach" in front of the property. During weekends in October families can enjoy a festival-like activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, and games. Hours: Mid-May - October (daily), 10:00am - 6:00 pm Sun. 12:00-6:00pm. The Big Peach located at 7738 N. US Hwy. 41 (7 Miles North of Vincennes on Hwy. 41) Bruceville, IN 47516 Phone: 812. 324.2240

    McClure's Orchard and Winery is your one stop shop for apple u-picking, handmade apple dumplings, and handcrafted apple cider. Popular items also include delicious wines and hard cider made from the fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Pumpkins are available now with u-pick beginning on September 22nd. The Cafe and Apple Barn are Open Daily, 10 am - 6pm. McClure's Orchard and Winery is located at 5054 N. US 31 Peru, Indiana 46970 Phone: 765.985.9000

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  • French Lick's Irresistible Desserts

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2018

    There are so many lovely things about French Lick/West Baden Area, so top off your visit to this sweet spot in Indiana with their irresistible desserts. We welcome several of their "sweet stops" to IFA's Sweet Temptations Trail to include Vintage Cafe at French Lick Winery, French Licks Ice Cream and Coffee Bar, and decadent desserts from Sinclair's inside French Lick Resort. Read the inside scoop on this delicious destination.

    Find all the sweet stops on our Sweet Tempations Trail.

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  • First Rate Dining in Downtown Lafayette at East End Grill

    Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018

    Written by Ashley Gregory

    (Photos coming soon!)

    Walking down Main Street in historic downtown Lafayette you will come across many wonderful local businesses and restaurants but one that really stands out is the East End Grill. As it states in the name, it's on the East End of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. As you walk by, you are welcomed by inviting outdoor seating and stately lanterns on the front of the building. As you enter, you see a large open area decorated with industrial, urban features. This is something you would expect to see in a larger city such as Chicago or Indianapolis. The owners really wanted something urban and modern but also something that was classic and would blend well with the block's history. The buildings on that block date from the 1870's after all.

    The food here matches the atmosphere, with a more upscale feel than most places yet still casual. The owner has traveled across the U.S. but has spent most of his career in the South. Therefore, you will find, many of the dishes has a Southern flare, such as their famous Shrimp and Grits and another guest favorite, BBQ Ribs. While there, our group ordered a good mix of items. To start we tried a couple appetizers, the House Cut Fries and Arancini Balls. The tables at East End are designed to be a bit larger than usual with sharing in mind, which is exactly what we did with the appetizers (and of course we tried each other's meals too, they were too good not to share!). The House Cut Fries were perfectly cooked, thin cut fries. Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside dusted with Parmesan and herbs. The fries are served with a wonderful roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce, which in our opinion was so much better than ketchup. The Arancini Balls are lightly battered saffron risotto balls covered with house made Bolognese sauce and served over Pomodoro sauce. Again, it was crisp and crunchy on the outside yet smooth and creamy on the inside. We loved the flavor and the texture of these balls.

    After the appetizers we were getting pretty full, yet we couldn't resist the entrée items. We each had something different; the Crab Cake Salad, Shrimp and Grits and the East End Burger. The Crab Cake Salad was a large, meaty, flawlessly crisp lump crab cake served over field greens and corn salsa. The dressing is a Remoulade and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, which was sweet and creamy. This dish was full of flavor and really made an otherwise boring salad, something exciting, fun and filling. The Shrimp and Grits was delicious! I'm not a grits person at all and usually curl my lip at it, but my friend encouraged me to try this and I was very surprised. The flavor was amazing and the texture, which is usually what gets me, was silky and smooth. It does have a bit of a kick for my very wimpy palate, but I would even consider ordering it in the future. It was very cheesy and served with smoking goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions. My friend just calls it "yumminess!". Now for the East End Burger. The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing, I couldn't help but lick my lips to make sure I got every morsel of flavor after every bite. We are told that the Wagyu Burger is even better than the regular East End Burger. While they were not offering the Wagyu Burger the day we were there, we are told it will be back on the menu very soon. We can't wait to try that one as well.

    We walked out of East End Grill fully satisfied and very pleased with our meal. We cannot wait to return and try some of the other offerings such as the Cutting Board, Wagyu Burger, Pan Roasted Salmon, East End Pastrami Cobb Salad and the BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, not to mention the dessert items! We were too full for dessert, but they sounded delicious! There is a good variety of menu options for everyone, but they are also very open to working with special diets or religious beliefs that prohibit certain items. Those that like to make dining reservations can easily do so with East End Grill's online reservation system powered by RESERVE, found on the homepage of their website or social media pages. I know I will be going back very soon! If you go, be sure to tell us what you loved!

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  • More Tails for the Trails:

    6/6/18 - Summer Food and Fun
    5/17/18 - Tuttle Orchards, Rich in Soil and in History
    2/16/18 - 21 North Eatery + Cellar
    2/7/18 - Valentine's Day
    1/29/18 - Authentic Italian in the Heart of Pendleton