There’s something special about the food in Indiana. One of my favorite parts about moving to Indiana is that I am closer to the places that food came from. At my parents home in southern California, we have a plethora of trees; persimmon, lemons, oranges, plums, tangerines and grapefruit. As a kid, my family always had a pretty large garden full of vegetables–I’m one of the few southern California kids that has always known what it’s like to eat a carrot right out of the ground-gritty and delicious. I’m also the only one of my socal friends who had a produce stand right outside of my house, earning my own money for a bike, for the movies, for whatever.

When I moved to the southside of Indianapolis, I could drive fewer than 10 minutes before coming across a yard with a table in the front yard with eggs, peppers, apples, whatever. As I stuffed my change into the tin can (on your honor) I felt at home. I knew that I was among “my people”.

Yes, there’s something special about the food in Indiana. This fact has not gone unnoticed by the people who live here, the people who farm here, the people who garden here, the people who start restaurants here and especially Indiana Humanities. Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest tells the unique story behind food in Indiana. It’s a storybook full of first person narratives, photographs and 80 diverse stories that contribute to the ever growing, ever evolving, food scene in our beautiful state.

In the book Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, you’ll meet the people behind food you may already be familiar with and you’ll be inspired by the Hoosier food stories that you don’t know. You may even recognize some of the people profiled as the faces of places that have been mentioned on the Indy with Kids page; Bud Koeppen from the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, Joe Vuskovich from Yats, Gary Corbett from Fair Oaks Farms, Jane and Fritz Kunz from Traders Point Creamery and so many more of our friends in Indiana.

This book would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loves Indiana and I think YOU would love it for your personal library! After reading Food for Thought, I’m so interested in taking all of you exploring other corners and nooks of Indiana that I had no idea about. You can purchase Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest online or in person on the book tour. All proceeds will fund programs for the people of Indiana through humanities events, programs, resources, and grants statewide.