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Indiana’s First Certified Organic, 100% Grass-Fed Dairy Farm Delivers Posted on 15 Sep 14:43

Tucked away near the heart of Indiana, in a triangle of 3 interstates, hidden in the woods is a farm.  Traders Point Creamery is owned today by Fritz Kunz and Jane Kunz, and it’s been in their family for three generations, since long before those interstates were buzzing nearby.  It’s here that Indiana’s first modern-day organic, 100% grass-fed dairy farm sits.

Fritz & Jane believe in “nourishing the land that nourishes us all.” Since 2003, they have blended tradition and innovation to craft artisan dairy products in harmony with nature’s design.

From the earliest days, they had a vision for the future their grandparents’ land.  It began simply enough: cattle on grass.  But today the Kunz enterprise has grown to include a farmstead restaurant, dairy bar, farm tours, summer camps, exclusive event spaces, and relationships with partner farms.

Fame of the Trader’s Point Creamery products has spread far beyond Indiana’s borders, but their commitment to our local community remains the same.  That’s why we are so excited to be delivering their products to local Hoosier households like yours at MarketWagon.com.

Shop their products here.


Cara Turned her Backyard Garden into a Local Food Business Posted on 08 Sep 15:30

It’s been almost 7 years since Cara Dafforn got the idea that her 1/3-acre garden could be a business—a real, full-time income from a space smaller than most back yards. But, just one meeting with Cara and you’ll know why her wild idea was bound to succeed. Her dedication to her goals and her unmatched passion for her craft color every conversation. Cara now farms over 2 acres of urban garden, and partners with two Indiana farm co-ops to source what her own small beds can’t meet.

Cara’s creations -- U-Relish soup mixes -- are truly as local as any meal you can buy, and Cara’s contribution to our local farm and food community is a really big "hill of beans."

When Cara was first incubating her business in a shared kitchen, she wanted to provide local food that was delicious and affordable. She devised a product that makes cooking easy and eating fun. Her slow-cooker kits are vegan, healthy, delicious, and perhaps most importantly, they’re *simple*. Just add water. Set the timer. And come back hours later to enjoy any one of six different flavors of bean soup.

Cara learned early on that, while her urban garden would anchor the flavor and be the heart of her products, they could not supply the bulk of the ingredient: chili beans, pintos, chick peas, and a litany of protein-rich legumes that make for hearty and healthy soups.

So, Cara turned her own farming focus to permaculture. She would grow dense beds of dozens of micro-ingredient crops. From just 2 acres, she reaps mint, lovage, thyme, sage, savory, oregano, annuals like celery leaf and basil, and even a selection of soft fruits grow on the tiny urban farm--currants, grapes, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

The flavor packed in each bag of U-Relish soup is a product of Indiana soils. And what flavor it is!

For the “meat” of the soup (figuratively speaking, of course), Cara partners with larger farms through two co-ops where she can source naturally-grown legumes. Dozens of acres around Indiana are busy producing the varieties of beans that Cara meticulously chooses for her own recipes.

Today, six years later, Cara’s touch is still on every bag of U-Relish—from the dried thyme that Cara picked and dried with care, to the hand-stamped label on the bag. And, at under $6.00 per bag, these kits are the most affordable local meal you can find.

We’re excited to have Cara join our online farmers market. You can order a bag of U-Relish soup today at MarketWagon.com, and say “thanks” to Cara for all her hard work to feed our local community.

Vendor Highlight: Rainfield Farm Posted on 31 Aug 16:07

For nearly 10 years, you could find Shane Hansen, sleep-deprived and groggy, but volunteering faithfully at his local farmers market in Chicago.  You can’t blame him for being a bit sluggish on Saturday mornings.  Shane was a professional nightlife promoter by trade.  But he had an appetite for fresh food—and little did he know, that appetite would soon lead to a whole new path in life.  Trading in the skyline for a hilly horizon, Shane’s biggest crowd now is the flock of hens waiting to see him every morning.

“Most of my friends were sleeping on Saturdays,” Shane said with a chuckle.  “I’d known them for years, but couldn’t tell you much about them.  Then I show up at this farmers market and everyone seemed like family.”  Shane’s foray into local food began simply enough: he loved fresh food, and the freshest he could find was at the farmers market.  If that meant he had to shop early on a Saturday, that was a price he was willing to pay. 

 Soon, shopping led to volunteering.  Then, volunteering led to working at a community garden.  It was there that Shane finally realized he liked the early mornings in the field more than late nights in a club.

“I’ve got 13 acres and a car for the same price as I was paying for an apartment and no car,” Shane boasted.  “I’d say that’s an upgrade.”

Today, you can find Shane on his 13-acre organic farm most days, when he’s not delivering fresh produce to chefs or to Market Wagon’s delivery hub.  On his small farm, Shane has figured out how to produce over 70 varieties of produce through intensive rotations and soil conditioning.  His commitment to avoid chemicals of any kind means he has to be incredibly resourceful—using cover crops, green manure, and even the natural predator of bugs (chickens) to keep his produce healthy and pest free.

What Shane had in his first decade post-college was a job—and a fun one at that.  What he has now is a life, and for decades to come he’s building a legacy for him and his family.  Shane takes immense pride in feeding his community.  Support Rainfield Farm on MarketWagon.com today.   


That's My Food. Posted on 23 Aug 15:20

One of the hallmarks of local food is the community that builds around food.  Yesterday morning, as dozens of farmers and artisans buzzed about our building, putting the product for customers like you into your tote for delivery, a casual comment from one farmer struck me.

“That’s my pork.” Alan said, pointing to a package of Pancetta.  Alan McKamey and his wife Amy raise heritage-breed hogs on their small farm, Heritage Meadows, near Clayton, Indiana.

But the package Alan was pointing to wasn’t “his” package, per se.  It was delivered from a different vendor, Turchetti’s Salumeria. 

Turchetti’s is an old-world style butcher in Indianapolis.  The founder, George Turkette, makes artisan charcuterie, cured meats, broths, and the like. 

But Alan, a local farmer, was able to point to another artisan’s work and see his contribution because George Turkette sources his meats locally from Alan’s small farm.

As a kid growing up on an Indiana farm, I never was able to point at a box of frosted flakes and say, “that’s my corn” or bite into a store-bought sausage and say, “that’s my pork.”  The industrial food system has had a dehumanizing effect both on farmers and the people that they feed, but it’s not a norm we ought to accept.

That morning, seeing the farmers and artisans buzzing about as they participated in the Market Wagon delivery process, reminded me of why we do what we do here.  It’s so farmers like Alan can say, “that’s my food,” and more importantly, so can you.

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