RICHMOND, Ind. — Agriculture is booming across Wayne County as producers are finding innovative ways to connect with consumers and tourism.
From farmers markets to honey farms, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy Indiana agriculture.
“Richmond has a nice farmer’s market every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, located downtown at Elstro Park Plaza,” said Nancy Sartain, marketing director at Richmond-Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau. “There’s also Tuesday Twilight Markets from 4 to 7 p.m.”
Sartain shared details about several agritourism destinations in the county:
The purpose of the Saturday market is to create a sales venue for area farmers, provide opportunity for consumers to purchase quality local food and to provide a community gathering place. You’ll find fresh, local produce, meats, eggs, jams, jellies and baked goods.
Food trucks, coffee and other prepared foods are for sale, as well. Arts and crafts, including pottery and paintings, can be purchased.
Every Tuesday Twilight Market has a full farmers market with vendors selling meat, produce, eggs, baked goods and artisan crafts. Enjoy food trucks and a beer and wine garden while you’re there. Live music sets the stage for a fun evening.
Learn more at www.richmondindiana.gov/resources/farmers-market.
Golliher Farms provides consumers with local, naturally-raised meat and vegetables that are tasty and healthy.
The Golliher Farm Store opened last summer. Visitors can buy dry-aged beef, pork, chicken and produce, as well as locally sourced honey, maple syrup, bread and cheese. The store is open Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from July to October.
Learn more at www.golliherfarms.com.
Dougherty Orchard is known as Indiana’s oldest family-owned orchard. Pick your own apples, trek to the pumpkin patch or stroll through McDougherty’s petting farm while you’re there.
In the rustic barn store, you’ll find apples, peaches, apple cider, jellies, jams and other products. Follow your nose to the bakery, where apple donuts, apple dumplings and caramel apples are for sale.
New to the orchard is the 1883 Winery and Craft Beer Bar. Enjoy a glass of apple wine made from their fresh apple cider.
They also have two craft beers on tap, Autumn Honey and Golden Harvest. For a special treat, try the frozen apple wine slush.
Learn more at www.doughertyorchards.com.
Pappaw’s Hunny Farm
What began with four beehives in 2010 has blossomed into a thriving honey farm for Gary and Paula Keesling.
Located on their small farm is the Hunny Hut, which serves two purposes. The door on the right leads to the honey extraction room, where visitors can watch demonstrations.
The door on the left is the bright and cheery farm store which offers multiple honey products made in the room next door. Samples always are available.
Learn more at www.pappawshunnyfarm.weebly.com.
Lonely Windmill Farm
It all starts with pure and wholesome milk from Alpine dairy goats. The goats are milked by hand twice a day.
All of their products are handcrafted from start to finish with no pre-made bases or mixes.
Products include goat milk soap, body lotion, lip balm and bath fizzers. They offer 12 regular scents and an additional four for the holidays. All are made without synthetic colorants.
Learn more at www.lonelywindmillfarm.com.
- Fountain Acres Amish Store.
- Cope Environmental Center Maple Syrup Festival.
- Roehler’s Christmas Tree Farm.
- Potter’s Soap & Such.
- Sweet Annie Soapworks.
- Bell’s Strawberry Farm.
Learn more at www.visitrichmond.org.