GOING LOCAL Week 2010 will be celebrated in the Hoosier state from Sunday, September 5 through Saturday, September 11, 2010. This is a one week challenge to Indiana residents, and visitors, to eat at least one Indiana locally grown or produced food at each meal during the seven day event. In honor of this statewide challenge, each day this week several foodie people in Hamilton County will provide insights on their organization - we hope this will give you an idea on places to dine, buy foods, wines, brew and more! Today's post is from Heather Richey at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park:
Fall at Conner Prairie is a special time of year. For months, the community looks forward to the tasty treats that the Conner Prairie Alliance prepares tirelessly at the Apple Store. Using Indiana grown apples, the ladies produce some of the finest goodies in Central Indiana. There is a wide variety to choose from, too. Not just caramel covered apples and apple pie; but slushies, jams and jellies, candies, salsas and the scrumptious-ness never ends! This year, the Store will also feature products from Local Folks Foods and Crown Point Graphics, all produced in Hamilton County. The ladies of the Alliance have it down to a science since they have been doing this as a group since 1984 - but they aren't the only ones creating yummy apple-themed dishes at Conner Prairie. In the park the women of Prairietown, where it is 1836, prepare mouthwatering fall dishes, as well. If you're interested in trying homemade applesauce cake, apple dumplings or apple butter then visit Conner Prairie for Taste the Past Thursdays this fall. Here you will taste the foods of Indiana's past - and you will also help roll out the pie crust or mix the butter in an authentic 1836 kitchen. Share in the fruits of your labor once it's been baked and fully prepared. If you'd like to learn more about the Conner Prairie Apple Store and Taste the Past Thursdays, visit ConnerPrairie.org or these links: Apple Store Taste the Past -Heather, Conner Prairie Further information about Indiana food and producers, listings of local food events and farm tours, as well as recipes featuring Indiana's fresh, local, and in-season foods can be found on the GOING LOCAL site (www.goinglocal-info.com).