Food shoppers in central Indiana are finding the Hoosier Harvest Market food hub of Purdue Extension to be a convenient way to add fresh, local foods to their meals.
The program, started in the spring of 2013, allows consumers to place orders online and then pick them up at one of several locations in central Indiana.
Jennifer Pinkston of Shelby County says she enjoys ordering food online.
“In a grocery store, I usually make a beeline for things I definitely need,” Pinkston says. “But with this, I’m already on the site. I’m browsing online and may see something that I’ve never seen before, so I’ll decide to try it.”
Among her purchases was a cushaw squash that she wasn’t familiar with before visiting the Hoosier Harvest Market website. She searched for recipes online and made a cushaw pie for her family.
Pinkston also appreciates the variety of producers involved with the market. She has tried cube steaks from different farms and likes choosing where her meat comes from.
“I can get a more consistent product and meat my family loves,” she says.