Deep and Local at Traders Point Creamery

I've been reading Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben, who wrote The End of Nature about climate change in 1989. The premise is that "more" is no longer synonymous with "better." His assertion is that a cure for our world's ills lies in local communities. So, tonight, my family took a trip to Traders Point Creamery, an organic dairy farm in Zionsville, Indiana. We were meeting friends for dinner and had decided that we'd support someone local. TPC hold a farmers' market every Friday night and serves a dinner prepared by a local chef with ingredients grown as close to home as possible. Tonight, the menu included beef or cheese enchiladas, mexican rice, refried beans, mixed green salad and a choice of milks from the dairy, water or lemonade. Everything was wonderful. Incidentally, for those who like a little adult beverage with dinner, the dairy also serves organic beers and wines in its barn.

I went a bit early and did some shopping at the market. I bought corn on the cob, slicing tomatoes, grape tomatoes, squash, kohlrabi, New York strip, stew beef, chocolate ice cream and raw milk cheese - all fresh, local and organic. And, my kids and I each finished a slice of apple pie and vanilla ice cream, both also local, fresh and organic. The pie from The Village Bakery in Zionsville was perfect, exactly the way I like pie. A lightly browned doughy crust, chunky apples and a crumb topping. Perfect!

I now have the makings for several wonderful meals. I've supported my local economy, buying local food which has to travel fewer miles (thus saving fuel) in less packaging (reducing waste and manufacturing by-products) and is grown