Trader's Point Creamery
Topic: Indianapolis Living
IndyScribe reader Mark Oehler contributed the following review:
I was inspired to finally make the trip by a friend. She has developed the habit of taking out-of-town guests to the restaurant at Trader's Point Creamery. Like Shapiro's or the Brickyard, it is a unique Central Indiana experience - something you can't find everywhere.
First, of course, Trader's Point is a working dairy. However, not only is the milk organic, the Brown Swiss cows are grass-fed as well.
For a small fee ($3), I'd recommend going on the guided tour of the farm and milking barn. The guided tour we attended coincided with the milking of the cows at 4 PM. In our very urbanized, sanitized, and packaged age, its was both fascinating and educational to watch the cows being milked. Incidentally, we were able to tell which ones had been milked, and which ones were waiting to be milked, by how full their udders were.
As part of being an organic farm, Trader's Point uses chickens to keep the bugs down. It was like going back 100 years, seeing chickens scratching in the dirt and wandering around.
Traders Point also has a retail store. While some Traders Point products (for example, milk and yogurt) are readily available at local markets (for example, Kroger, Marsh, and Wild Oats), some items like their cheese and ice cream are harder to find.
After the tour, we ate at the restaurant on the second floor of the barn. It features local, organic products, and, naturally, lots of veal, chicken, milk, and cheese were on the menu. There is also an ice cream bar, for those who want to indulge their sweet tooth..
With the growing tend toward local and organic food, Traders Point Creamery seems to be hitting a cord. Also, they offer the chance for those in Indy to support a local farmer. Consider going out there for a visit (and maybe invite an out-of-town guest or two). Their milk and yorgurt can be found in many local grocery stores.
Summer Market: April through November, Saturday 9 AM to noon.
Winter Market: May to October, Friday 4 to 8 PM.
Dinner: Friday & Saturday, 6 to 8 PM. Reservations recommended.
Store: 8 AM to 6 PM daily.
Dairy Bar: Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 - 5 PM.
Tours: Friday 4:30 PM; 10 AM and 11:30 AM Saturday.
Traders Point is located just outside of the northwest corner of I-465: 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, IN 46077
For more info: www.tpforganics.com
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