Friday, March 2, 2012

News Release: Indy Food Trucks and Indiana's Family of Farmers Celebrate National Ag Day and Nutrition Month

INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2012) -  Join Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) and six of Indy’s tastiest Food Trucks for From Tractor To Truck (#tractor2truck), a celebration of National Ag Day and Nutrition Month. Come hungry Thursday, March 8 when the food trucks will be open for business from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Indiana Government Center - South Senate Avenue!

The following food trucks will be available: Scratch Truck (@scratchtruck), Scout’s Treats (@scoutstreats), Tacos without Borders (@tacoswoborders), New York Slice (@TheNYslice) West Coast Tacos (@westcoasttacos), and Some of this! Some of that! (@SOTSOT1) for their participation and look forward to the opportunity to support their local businesses March 8.
“This event has further enabled us to reach our community and share with them that quality agriculture provides not only quality food but a wide variety of food choices,” said Joe Kelsay, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “I am proud to say that the food we all can enjoy every day on every one of these food trucks or at the grocery store or farmers market or half way around the world is in part because of Indiana’s 61,000 family farms.
From 12 – 12:30 p.m. local celebrity “Food Truck Partners” will join the festivities and encourage the crowd to chew on some interesting ag facts at their assigned truck. Come on out and join:

Chikage Windler from the Skytrak Weather Team of WTHR (@ChikageWTHR), won’t need to forecast the beef facts you’ll want to know at Scratch Truck.
Tracy Forner from of WISH-TV’s Indy Style (@IndyStylewill have some “udderly” interesting info on dairy at Scout’s Treats.
Danielle The Face of MyINDY-TV 23 (@FaceofMyINDY) shares her joy for soy at “Some of this! Some of that!
Dave O’Brien Morning Host of Hank FM (@HankFM) will have plenty of poultry pearls of wisdom at Tacos without Borders.

Deb Honeycutt from WFMS Morning show (@WFMSwill bring home the bacon on pork at New York Slice.
Bill Remeika, Fox 59 Traffic Reporter (@bremeikaFox59your authority on traffic, Bill will help steer you to the corn facts at West Coast Tacos.

Crave more ag info? An FFA Officer will be on hand to fill your order!

But wait there’s more! 

Get Your Plate in Shape at each Food Truck for National Nutrition Month with some udderly delicious FREE dairy products courtesy of Prairie Farms as well as carrots and apples from Piazza Produce. Americans are consumed with what we need to limit or eliminate from our plate to make it healthy, but to “Get Our Plate in Shape,” consumers typically just need to add foods that are nutritionally sound, like fruits and vegetables or low-fat dairy, to get that nutrition boost.  Nutritional “AG”visors will be available at each truck if you have any further nutrition questions.

And the IPad goes to….

Prior to lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., a brief presentation to celebrate Indiana’s agriculture industry will take place. IFOF (@FamilyofFarmers), along with Indiana Humanities (@INHumanities) will also recognize six Hoosier students for their winning essays in the 2nd Annual Ag Essay Contest titled “Our Food, Our Farmers.” This year’s contest explored Indiana’s role as a global agricultural leader.

More than 280 students submitted essays from across Indiana. The winning essays were selected from three grade levels: 4-6; 7-9 and 10-12. First place winners will receive an Apple iPad and second place winners receive a Kodak Playsport camcorder.

The winning essays are posted on Indiana’s Family of Farmers and Indiana Humanities websites.


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