Long before the term "locavore" was coined, buying fresh foods directly from farmers was standard operating procedure in the Hoosier State.
Faced with limited local and regional markets for their grain and livestock, enterprising Indiana farmers shipped their products by flatboat to New Orleans.
Although exceptionally self-sufficient as a community, even Northern Indiana's Amish population has felt the effects of recession.
Indiana's identity within the Corn Belt--along with federal legislation--tends to overshadow the state's agricultural diversity.
Although fields of corn and soybeans might be most apparent, the Hoosier state ranks second in the nation for production of tomatoes for processing.