You see, I was born in sunny Southern California. I'd love to claim that I was "from there", but really I'm not. We left before my memories begin. I spent most of my childhood in Michigan; but we did move around a bit. The city that I lived in for the entirety of my elementary school "career", and a year into middle school (which was 7th grade there), is typically where I claim to be from. But if I think at all about it, that doesn't seem right, either. I've spent more than two-thirds of my life somewhere else. We lived somewhere else in Michigan for a couple of years before moving to Indiana.
I started sophomore year of high school in Indiana. I graduated from that same high school in Indiana. I then high-tailed it back "home" to Michigan for college. When I left college, I moved with friends to Wisconsin. I was only there for six months before moving back to Indiana, where I've lived ever since - for going on 17 years. That's more than half of my life, yet for some reason, when people ask me where "I'm from" - I've never claimed Indiana. I've always said, I'm from Michigan, but I live in Indiana. I mean, I live in a border town - it's barely Indiana anyway, right?
While it's true, that I'm a Michigan girl at heart - I live in Indiana. And unless something truly life-changing happens, I will be for the foreseeable future. It's time that I accepted Indiana. So I've decided to embrace it; to explore the bounty that it has to offer. That's what this series, #EatingIndiana, is all about.
Join me as I dive into all that Indiana has to offer. From local farms and orchards, to restaurants, vineyards, distilleries, bakeries, farmers markets, artisans, to Indiana-based companies (from the tiniest to the largest), and so much more. I can't wait to eat Indiana.
Do you know have an Indiana-made/grown/produced food-related product or company that you'd like to see featured on #EatingIndiana? Please contact me via email (girlichef at yahoo dot com), I accept recommendations and samples.
So far on #EatingIndiana: