ShopIndianaGrown.org connects Hoosiers to local products
Indiana Grown recently launched the Shop Indiana Grown online marketplace connecting Hoosiers directly to local vendors and products, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, and Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown.
“Indiana is home to thousands of talented, hard-working Hoosiers who grow, raise and process quality goods and provide much-needed services,” Davisson said. “Indiana Grown members can benefit from this new sales platform while also providing consumers additional opportunities to support local businesses.”
When using ShopIndianaGrown.org, Hoosiers can find nearly 60 vendors offering more than 200 products for sale.
According to Davisson, new vendors are signing up daily to sell their goods like honey, coffee beans, chocolate treats, hot sauces, candles, skin care items and more. Hoosiers can shop by product category and vendor and purchase directly from the site.
According to Engleman, this new online marketplace helps Indiana farmers and producers reach a greater market for their products and for them to be able to educate consumers about the importance of buying locally grown, raised, processed and packaged items.
“In smaller communities, the customer base for farmers, artisans and other small businesses can be limited, but having access to an online marketplace like Shop Indiana Grown allows them to sell their products to more people,” Engleman said. “Our local farmers market vendors can benefit from an Indiana Grown membership tremendously, and I encourage them to check it out.”
More than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agriculture items in the state are Indiana Grown members. Davisson and Engleman said Hoosiers can become a vendor for free online at ShopIndianaGrown.org and clicking on “become a vendor” at the top right of the page.