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Hoosiers supplying Hoosiers with the best the local food movement has to offer is the focus of a new, conversation-starting coffee table book titled Food for Thought: an Indiana Harvest. It is such a cool idea for a coffee-table book and it turned out very nice..
More than 80 Hoosiers are profiled in the 200 plus pages, giving you a glimpse into the burgeoning local food renaissance now underway in Indiana. In 2010, Indiana Humanities launched the Food for Thought program designed to help Hoosiers think, read and talk about food.
From Indiana farmers, restauranteurs, even distillers, Food for Thought follows the new, up and coming Hoosier food chain from field to plate. These first person accounts will share the newfound passion Indiana farmers and chefs have for crafting some of the finest, freshest and sustainable foods for their fellow Hoosiers. Get an inside look at what makes these folks tick and why they have a passion to feed you the best food to pass between your lips.
Their stories might surprise you. Little did I know that one of our local farmers, Bud Vogt, whom we see at the farmer’s market once a week, used to be a futures and options trader in Chicago. Vogt developed a hearing problem due to the noise from the trading floor and decided to come back home to help with the family farm. That is where he has stayed and is now supplying southwestern Hoosiers like me with some of the freshest heirloom produce around!
Interesting stories aside, this book would also make a great reference for picking an agri-tourism destination for the weekend. Driving by Atlanta, Indiana? Why not stop in to Lisa’s Pie Shop and try one of her prize-winning pies she has perfected over the last 23 years. Headed to LaPorte? Visit the Garwood Orchard and pick through their dazzling array of fruits and vegetables.
To celebrate the release of the book, several Evansville-area organizations are hosting book signings and discussions with author David Hoppe, photographer Kristin Hess and Vogt on Aug. 30 and 31. Books will also be available for purchase.
The events include:
Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 – 7 p.m.
Working Men’s Institute (407 W Tavern St, New Harmony, Ind.)
Friday, Aug. 31, 12 – 1 p.m.
Traditions Lounge, University Center (University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, Ind.)
Friday, Aug. 31, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
River City Food Co-op (116 Washington Avenue, Evansville, Ind.)
Hoosiers need this unique coffee table book, not only to become more aware of from whom and from where their food comes from but also to help continue the conversation about food (and food buying choices) by displaying it for others to notice, enjoy and discuss.
Buy this one of a kind book at your local farmer’s market or online and experience the Hoosier food revolution today! All proceeds of the sale stay in the state and will go toward funding future humanities programs for people in Indiana.