Honeycrisp Apple Pie. White-Oak Smoked Bacon. And Farmstead Chevre. Oh, My!

The Heartland has become, once again, a garden of eatin’!
In upcoming blog posts, I’ll highlight Midwest food artisans that really strut their delicious stuff. These Indiana food finds are well worth a detour—or a point and click—to visit.
Capriole. In southern Indiana, Judith Schad led the way, making her award-winning, artisan goat cheese since the late 1970s. Try their fresh chevre or their aged Old Kentucky Tomme and Wabash Cannonball.

Claus’ German Sausage & Meat. Claus Muth’s bacon is double smoked over white oak, so bacon-lovers make a special trip to this Indianapolis, Indiana store, just for the bacon. (317) 632-1963. www.clausgermansausageandmeats.com

Golden Run Sorghum. This rich, brown sorghum made in Camden, Indiana, is offered for sale by Prophetstown, a historic, non-profit working farm in Brookston, Indiana.  A mixture of sorghum, fresh lime juice, garlic, and a little vegetable oil makes a great grilling glaze for duck breast, chicken, or pork.

Locally Grown Gardens and Bakery. This charming Indianapolis store showcases local produce, some of it heirloom varieties, a great pulled pork sandwich, and fabulous homemade pies—especially their Sugar Cream Pie and Honeycrisp Apple! Local chef Ron Harris has a devoted following.

Two Cookin’ Sisters. Kristi Robinson Rensberger and Kim Robinson are the two cookin’ sisters who make up-tempo jams, jellies, salsas, and condiments in Brookston, Indiana. Try Grannie’s Garden Tangy Tomato Jam—spread it over a baked flatbread dough, then top with fresh herbs and shavings of a Wisconsin Parmesan for a fabulous appetizer. (765) 563-7377.

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