The Hunter family knows bees. At their family-owned and operated farm, they continue a more than 100-year-old tradition of producing honey and honey-related products. Managing several hundred hives across the state of Indiana, Hunter farms produce honey, beeswax, bee pollen, and propolis, which is used to make everything from beeswax soap and lip balm to honey hot-wing sauce and 32 different flavors of honey sticks.
Guided tours of the honey farm teach groups of all sizes and ages about the work of the honeybee, while forestry tours introduce tourists to the farm’s 65 acres of hardwood. The beehive tour lets guests shadow a beekeeper on the job while "Flight of the Bumblebee" plays on repeat in their heads. The Worker Special tour includes even more hands-on learning, teaching visitors how to roll their own beeswax candle and fill bear-shaped containers with honey.
Looking for a fresh turn in their respective careers, Joe and Dawn Taylor planted the first grapes at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in 2002. In 2007 they opened the winery, where they sell their wines and swap stories with visitors. Amid 10 acres of expansive grapevines, a timber-frame barn houses the winery and tasting room. While sipping Sleepy Creek's varietals, guests can browse the gift shop, peruse the upstairs art gallery, and sample local cheeses from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and Ropp Jersey Cheese. Above the winery, bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations allow visitors to relax amid the countryside and eavesdrop on rumors spreading through the grapevines outside.
Based on the concept of balancing bodies with all-natural supplements and organic food, Nature's Pharm opened its first health-centric emporium in Fishers 13 years ago. It has since built up a tiny fiefdom of three stores across central Indiana, where a bounty of pastas, sauces, condiments, and gluten-free snacks keeps pantries wholesomely stocked. Curated shelves of carefully formulated amino acids, omega-3 supplements, and vitamins equip systems with vital nutrients. These herbal capsules, tablets, powders, and liquids infuse bodies with the power of nature without the need for planting a whole garden or licking a tree.
For the past 10 years, the discerning florists at Cattails to Roses by Eve have assembled artful arrangements for all of life's bouquet-worthy events. Traditional creations abound, but staffers also concoct contemporary arrangements inspired by European design and the Japanese art of ikebana. In addition to working with live plants, specialists can immortalize bridal bouquets for posterity or harness the power of lightning to reanimate desiccated potpourri. In order to accommodate more of the community's blossom collectors, the shop's bilingual staff is able and willing to speak in Spanish.
A self-described "gate-to-plate company," Moody's Butcher Shop sources its meat from the family’s own Lone Pine Farms, where Adam Moody raises free-range chickens, pigs, cows, and lambs. Along with selling products from their own farms, the Moody Butcher Shop family also supports other farmers by purchasing their meat products to help sustain the community and ensure that only high-quality and fresh cuts of meat are sold there.
Indicative of the Moodys’ longtime butchering skills, the shop sells a variety of pork and beef cuts that can meet the demands of any recipe, from loins to roasts and steaks. Hand-stuffed sausages run the gamut from chicken to chorizo, and smoked meats give customers several bacon and ham options.