Long before the term "locavore" was coined, buying fresh foods directly from farmers was standard operating procedure in the Hoosier State.
Long before their third attempted train robbery, the Reno Gang had fomented lawlessness across Jackson County. The brothers and their associates were seasoned bank robbers, cattle rustlers, bounty jumpers, arsonists and murderers by the time they first held up a train in 1866—thereby introducing a new brand of larceny to the lexicon of crime.
Ramshackle barns exhorting passers-by to “treat [themselves] to the best” have become a familiar element of road-trip vernacular. Those wandering down Indiana’s scenic routes, or browsing around the courthouse square in certain county seats are sure to encounter the fading call to action–“Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco”.
By the mid 19th century the Industrial Revolution brought the steel plow to Indiana farmers. These developments allowed each farmer to work many more acres than before.