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Hoosier Harvest Council

January Newsletter 

Important Updates and Market Reminders
News Links
New Officers
Meetings - Speaker
Rushville Winter Market
Greenfield Winter Market
Henry County Winter Market

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2013. 
Hoosier (Hancock) Harvest BFBL LabelCouncil is looking forward to an exciting year with lots of changes with new leadership, new name and plans for more educational opportunities..

The new food hub will be starting this year.  Details will be shared as soon as information is ready.

Please read further for more information on Winter Markets.  Introduction to new officers and announcement of new name.

Hoosier Harvest Council - our new name
Hancock Harvest Council voted at our annual meeting to make a change in our name to be more inclusive of our surrounding counties and beyond. The council is looking at growing our membership and helping to build on the availability of local products.  It will take time to get the new name up on graphics and website, etc.  Look for upcoming changes, but if you use Hancock Harvest Council, it will forward you to the new web site as soon as it is changed.
New Officers for 2013
  • President: Jonathan Lawler   
    • Lawler Farm, LLC - Jonathan and his family raise produce and have just begun a heritage hog operation.  They are new to Hancock County as residents, but have farmed here for the last 3 years.  Jonathan has owned and operated a trucking company and real estate firm, which he has sold after growing them into profitable businesses. He still maintains a consulting business working with all types of small business. 
  • Vice-President: Jeremiah Priest
    • Jeremiah is co-owner of J & T Honey Farm located in Henry County.  He is also market master of the Henry County Farmers Market and has been a member of Hancock Harvest Council since 2010.  He raises honeybees, does pollination services, hive products.  Last season he started small scale vegetable production and is building high tunnels this year to increase production.
  • Treasurer: Randy Kemerly
    • Randy and his family own Hidden Acres which is located on the Henry County side of the Henry/Hancock County line. Randy has also been a member of  HHC since 2010.  Randy raises strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and other vegetables for the farmers markets.  They participate in several markets.  He is also interested in Agritourism opportunities.
  • Secretary: Gary Borgmann
    • Gary's wife Debbie was an organizing member of Hancock Harvest Council at its inception in 2004.  Debbie was in an accident and has since passed away.  Gary is now anxious to get back involved with farming and the Harvest Council.  Gary grew up on a family farm near New Palestine and left the farm to work as an engineer for the commercial building industry. Him and his wife purchased a farm in 1991 in northern Hancock County and began raising poultry and hay under the name of Custom Cultivations.  
Hoosier Harvest Council Meetings
Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month,
unless it falls on a Holiday.

Hidden Acres
Hidden Acres Family

Our next meeting will be on February 4th at the Purdue Extension Office - Hancock County, 802 N Apple Street.  Time: 7:00 PM.
Speaker: David Denison - Organi Gro - All Natural Fertilizers and Soil Enhancers.

Future Meeting Dates:
  • March 4th
  • April 1st
  • May 6th
  • June 3rd
  • July 1st 
Farmers' and Artisans' Winter Market
- Saturday January 26th
Rushville, Indiana
Come on out Saturday to visit our Farmers' and Artisans' Winter Market located in downtown Rushville at Second Hand Sue's and Huckleberry Hutch. You will find farm fresh eggs, local honey, homemade jams and jellies, fresh baked bread, and jewelry, handbags and other fine handcrafted items by local crafters. Buy local and support our local economy. Market open 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Visit The Gathering next door and get a free sample of their coffee of the day!


Winter Market  Saturday, February 2, 2013
10 am-1 pm
Hoosier Harvest Council's 
Winter Market at the Fairgrounds offers a diversity of products for you to choose from. The market is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month thru April. See list below for vendor name and products you can expect to find.

The east show arena is the building on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds. If you are just attending the Winter Market, it is easiest to enter the fairgrounds from the entrance on Park Street and park by the cattle barns. Please don't block the drive between the buildings!

We are excited to have new vendors to provide you with a large variety of the following products.  Several of our vendors have geared up for the winter market with season extension of products with greens and other products.

You can expect to find the following vendors and products:
  • Blue River Natural Foods - Organic Ground Beef patties, Pork,  Cheese including cheese curds, Butter, Brendle Honey Products, Maple Syrup, limited supply of eggs.
  • Coe's Produce - Squash, bittersweet, gourds, 
  • Flat Rock Farms- Lettuce, Salad Greens 
  • Hidden Acres Fruit Farm - Frozen fruit and vegetables, jams, jellies and bread.  
  • Huckleberry Hutch- jams, jellies, bread mixes, dip mixes, soaps, lotions and other herbal products. 
  • Hunt's Four Corners Farm - Beef; steaks, roasts, cube steaks, ground beef, etc
  • Miller Produce - Broccoli, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Cabbage, Squash, Eggs, Honey, Jams & Jellies, Popcorn
  • Russell Sheep Company -  Frozen Lamb chops, Rack, Kebob, Shoulder , Ground Lamb, Lamb-links, Breakfast Sausage, Brats, Gyro, Italian Sausage, Liver, Shanks, Summer Sausage (mild and hunters blend).
  • The Pork Shoppe- Frozen pork; ham steaks, shoulder, pork chops, breakfast sausage, etc.
  • Hidden Acres Fruit Farm - Baked goods, Jams & Jellies, frozen vegetables.
  • Zahn Farm - seasonal produce, jams, jellies, baked goods including egg noodles.  
  • Uncle Den's Huntin Scents -
    Homemade soaps, hunting cover scents soaps, ladies soaps and more. 
    Courtney's Corner - Pretty-Stix homemade chap stick, magnets- Youth Vendor 

May have other vendors, not confirmed at this time.

If interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Barb Smith at or 765-763-0246.  


Click here for market application. 

  • *All products subject to availability.  Some vendors may take pre-orders for the next market day.
picture of our 1st winter market 
Winter Market
Where & When
Hancock County 4H Fairgrounds
620 N Apple Steet, Greenfield, IN 46140
1st & 3rd Saturday's
November - April
9 am - Noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month Nov - April
Next market day will be on Feb 9th

The Henry County Winters Market has had a great start, with several vendors offering a variety of products.  If you haven't checked out the market, try to check it out.

Check out their Facebook Page for Updates:  
Click Here


Where & When
The House
1407 Walnut Street
New Castle, Indiana 47362
2nd Saturday's  Nov thru April
For more information go to our web site:
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Hancock Harvest Council
Greenfield, Indiana 46140