Nearly 100 food and ag-related producers from throughout the state helped celebrate the Indiana Grown initiative’s second anniversary today at the first-ever Monumental Marketplace event. Products ranged from meat, produce and flowers to soap and sunflower oil. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch tells Inside INdiana Business the success stories from Indiana Grown’s more than 800 members and today’s strong turnout show that Hoosiers not only want to support local companies, but trust the quality of the products they provide.
The farmers market-style event took place in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and featured Indiana Grown members including Indiana Pork, Smoking Goose, Hotel Tango and Tinker Coffee. They are part of the initiative’s ballooning membership, which has grown to more than 700 members, with a goal of topping 1,000 by the end of the year.
Organizers say the city of Indianapolis was very cooperative in helping put together today’s event in a matter of eight weeks. They hope to make the Monumental Marketplace an annual event to celebrate Indiana producers.
Indiana Grown launched in 2015, supported by public and private partners in the food and ag sector throughout the state. Since then, it has attracted partners including Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), where kiosks display Indiana-made products.