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Farm to Fork

Agritourism dates back to the late 1800s, when families and friends visited relatives on farms to escape the city. Agritourism today incorporates education and activities for visitors who are looking to better understand the farm to fork process. Among the South Shore's agritourism opportunities are wineries, dairies, restaurants, U-pick orchards and farms, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farmers' markets.

Farmers' Markets

Many of the communities along the South Shore host farmers' markets from spring to fall, featuring the freshest produce, flowers, artisan breads, homemade jams and more.

Orchards and U-Picks

From summer to fall, visit the local u-picks to find blueberries and strawberries. In September and October, head to the apple orchards and pumpkin patches for a fun fall activity.

County Line Orchard in Hobart offers apple picking and pumpkin hunting as well as a corn mazes, petting zoo, live entertainment and an on-site restaurant where you can pick up their infamous fresh doughnuts.

Fair Oaks Farms

Experience what it is like to work on a farm at Fair Oaks Farms. Fair Oaks Farms Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure and Crop Adventure offer a sneak peek into modern-day farming with interactive and educational exhibits for all ages. Tour the facilities and learn how milk and food are produced, from farm to fork! Visit the Farmhouse Restaurant for a sit-down farm to fork experience or stop by the Cowfe for fresh and creamy ice cream or some cheese to take home!

Broken Wagon Bison

Located on 160 acres in Hobart, Broken Wagon Bison has a herd of more than 70 bison and provides locally grown bison meat, bison leather goods, and bison hides, as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry at their store. They also have tours available June through September.

JT Shrimp

JT Shrimp LLC is a family-owned shrimp farm that has the freshest saltwater shrimp in the area. Owners Scott and Leslie Tysen sell top-quality live, healthy shrimp raised without the use of antibiotics or chemicals. They also offer tours to the public explaining the aquaculture process.

Farm to Fork Restaurants

Dining at our Farm to Fork Restaurants you can enjoy the freshest cuisine handcrafted by masterful chefs. 54 Main Bistro in Hobart creates a new menu each week to be sure their selections are fresh and tasty. Chef Joe at Sage Restaurant crafts homemade pastas and delicious American-Italian fare in a chic casual setting in Valparaiso. At Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms the chefs serve mouthwatering traditional dishes like meatloaf, pizzas and macaroni and cheese in farmhouse surroundings.  

Breweries and Wineries

Northwest Indiana is home to dozens of breweries and wineries that use locally sourced ingredients to produce the best tasting beverages right here along the South Shore. Enjoy a number of seasonal blends using blueberries, apples and pumpkin throughout the year. See what's on tap at our breweries by downloading the South Shore Brewery Trail App.

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