An important part of the Indiana State Fair is the Indiana FFA Country Market on the north side of the track, and the DuPont Food Pavilion on the south side of the track. Both feature foods grown or processed in Indiana or by Indiana companies for sale at the fair. Products range from freezer jam to cider.
The Indiana FFA depends on profits from the Country Store portion of the Indiana FFA Pavilion display to help fund important FFA activities. Foods are offered for sale in the DuPont pavilion to highlight locally grown foods, and convey a message about production of healthy foods in Indiana.
The DuPont pavilion also features a demonstration kitchen where chefs ranging from actual restaurant chefs to Purdue Extension educators prepare various foods in front of live audiences during the fair. One set of chefs on opening day prepared foods using Plenish cooking oil, a new DuPont product under development to be sold commercially. It is made exclusively from high oleic DuPont Pioneer soybeans. Part of the high-oleic soybeans are grown under contract by farmers in Indiana. One of the processing facilities that producers the ingredients for Plenish oil is located near Frankfort. Farmers can earn a premium for raising these beans.
Indiana Prairie Farmer purchased several items from both locations during the fair to promote local companies and products during the year. Several will be taste-tested, with reports appearing in the magazine or online. The December issue will feature a review of apple cider from an Indiana orchard.
Recently, two more products, apple butter from Salt Creek Valley Farms, Oldenburg, and comb honey from Majenica Creek Honey, marketed by Majenica Creek Honey Farms from Huntington, was served at a familiar gathering for use on flaky crescent roles. The apple butter drew compliments for its tangy taste.
The honey was also tasty, with a good, sweet flavor, and was easy to spread. It might be a bit pricy, but it's a quality product.
Stay tuned for more reviews and comments about these Indiana products during the year.