The Hoosier Harvest: Family, Food & Fun

Amazing Maize in Indiana

You probably already know that Indiana is one of the top agricultural states in the U.S. In fact, it’s in the top five for the production of corn, soybeans, popcorn, tomatoes, peppermint, chicken eggs, ducks and ice cream. In Indiana, there are a total of 61,000 farms adding up to 14.7 million acres. So, this October, the Indiana State Museum invites Hoosiers to relish in the bountiful harvest of Indiana’s rich soil through sampling events, workshops, hands-on activities and food.

 The Hoosier Harvest event, lasting throughout the month of October, has special weekend events and on going daily activities for the entire family that dive into the rich and diverse agricultural heritage through conversing with area urban and rural farmers, growing, processing and canning own food and learning the history of farming in Indiana.

 Weekend events include the Harvest Jubilee, Oct. 1 through 3, which features “Bodacious Gourd Birdhouses” that you can make and take.   Oct. 9 and 11 is the Crocked, Sauced and Pickled event (including a workshop where you can make refrigerator pickles); and Oct. 16 and 17 is the Urban Fresh event, with composting and rain barrel workshops and a Farmer’s Chic Buffet.

 For more information about this fun-for-all celebration,  call 317.232.1637 or visit

Contributed by Chris Della Rocco, Indiana State Museum.