02 October 2008

Get on the bus! Slow Food Indy Farm Bus Tour

Sunday, October 26

10:00am Arrive at Apple Family Farm

Tour the Apple Family Farm, enjoy a picnic lunch and pick your own apples and pumpkins at Anderson Orchard, visit the extensive winter vegetable greenhouses at Yeager Farm, and check out the vines and barrels before sampling some bottles at Buck Creek Winery.

4:45pm Return to the Apple Family Farm

Reservations required and available online!

$15 for Slow Food USA members; $20 for non-members

* Participants are only responsible for their own transportation to and from the Apple Family Farm 3365 W State Rd 234, McCordsville, IN 46055

Brought to you by Indy Sustainable Food Alliance, Politics of Food Book Discussion Group, and Slow Food Indy

Slow Food Indy Farm Bus Tour Stops:

Apple Family Farm
The Apple Family Farm is operated by Mark, Debbie, Brayden and Rhayna Apple, the third and fourth generations to farm this plot in McCordsville, Indiana. Holding to their belief that the future of farming must include a resurgence of the small family farm, the Apples employ an all-natural approach to raising the rare breeds of chickens, sheep, and beef and dairy cows that roam their pastures. “Our goal is to provide the healthiest food for our neighbors while contributing to the health of our community and protecting the health of our environment,” Debbie says. And their products taste good, too!

Anderson Orchard
Bud and Gloria Hopkins grow over eighteen varieties of apples at Anderson Orchard, a plot of land that’s been nourishing fruit trees since the 1930s. Customers can pick their own apples or buy them fresh, preserved, buttered, slushed, or carameled inside the orchard shop. Stop by in the fall to pick your own pumpkins, take a turn in the Corn Maze, and taste the sweet bread and rolls, all fresh-baked on the property.

Yeager Farm Produce
The good folks at Yeager Farms Produce specialize in Asian and Indian vegetables during the summer season and an array of lettuces, spinach, stir fry greens, cooking greens, and root crops during the fall and winter. But no matter the weather, all their produce is chemical free and grown using sustainable farming practices like the extensive set of greenhouses they constructed for year-round harvesting. Check out the farm’s Web site for a sneak preview and delicious recipes for some of their unusual produce.

Buck Creek Winery
Buck Creek Winery is one of Indiana's newest wineries, planting twelve varieties of vines. At their start, Jeff and Kelly Durm sold grapes to other wineries and members of Korean and Amish churches who came to pick the fruit for wine and jelly. After opening the winery in April 2006, their bottles were quick to earn awards. Buck Creek Winery took home 15 medals from the 2008 International Wine Competition.

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