The Fall Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour offers a chance to visit Amish country in Daviess County. Participants will visit two farms with orchard, dairy and produce operations, and get a look at a traditional Amish wagon-making shop. The evening will conclude with a simple meal of seasonal soup, home-baked bread, and cookies. The soup and cookies are provided by the Bloomingfoods Deli, with a variety of stone-hearth baked breads from Muddy Fork Farm.
Participants may be familiar with both farms, the Raber Family Farm and Graber’s Produce, thanks to their market stand operations at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.
Titus and Miriam Raber and their five children have been raising produce since 1992. In addition to market items grown in the field, the Raber pond yields catfish. They also have a shop where they rebuild old carriages and wagons, as well as wooden boxes for horse-drawn vehicles.
Graber’s Produce, just a little south of Odon, Indiana, is a small operation where Daniel and Fannie Mae Graber and their eight children farm 88 acres with Percheron horses. The Grabers specialize in peaches, tomatoes, and strawberries, as well as a host of other vegetables, including peppers, green beans, carrots and radishes. The Graber family includes eight children: Matthew Jay, Laura May, Mark Leon, Melvin Isaiah, Lydia Ann, Menno Jeremiah, and Lavena Rose, with their oldest daughter, Leah Sue, married to Joseph Ray Stoll and living close by.
The fall farm tour takes place on Sunday, September 22 from 1 – 8 pm, with bus transportation provided from and returning to Showers Common, 401 North Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana.
The cost, including the meal and transportation, is $25/person. Children 2 and under are free. The tour is limited to 66 participants, so be sure to register soon.
Register by September 17 in the City of Bloomington Parks Office or online. Get detailed information, including a general itinerary for the day, online or by contacting Marcia Veldman at 812-349-3738 or veldmanm[at]bloomington.in.gov.
This event is co-sponsored by the Local Growers Guild and Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, with special thanks to Muddy Fork Farm and Harvest Moon Flower Farm.