Have you ever gone some place and wondered why in the world you haven’t gone there before? That is how I felt today when my son and I ventured to Trader’s Point Creamery in Zionsville.
I am sure many of you have seen their products at grocery stores and local restaurants, but did you know you could actually tour the farm?
And, they have an incredible restaurant with the most delectable organic, locally-sourced, farm to table meals?
And, they have a Dairy Bar where you can feast on delicious sweet treats like award-winning ice cream, milk shakes and housemade pies?
And, they have daily cow milking where you can actually watch the cows being milked?
How cool is that?
From the moment my son and I pulled up to the grounds, I was in awe of the natural beauty. With four historic barns that have been salvaged from Hoosier farms, sprawling land, green pastures and trees as far as your eyes can see – this is a place that makes even the most Type-A, on-the-go person like myself want to sit down and relax for awhile. On this beautiful, sunny day people were out and about – walking the grounds, laying on the grass and visiting with each other on The Deck.
My son and I decided to take the self-guided tour of the land on the Farm Walk & Nature Trail – with the hopes of getting close to some cows. The mile and a half trail wraps around the lush, expansive grounds and even has a portion that takes you next to Cool Creek. The cost was just $2 for myself and my son was free.
If you are desiring a bit more structure, for just $9 per person (with age two and under being free) you can go on a one-hour Private Guided Farm Tour where you will learn the ins-and-outs of this organic farm.
Because we had just come from preschool and my son was pretty wiped out already (and we didn’t have on the best shoes) we didn’t do the entire trail. Instead, we did what he was most interested in – which was going to see the cows up close and personal. I am pretty sure we just checked off an item on his little four-year-old bucket list.
At Trader’s Point Creamery, they do not use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics or growth hormones. Their seasonal produce and herbs are fresh from their own garden. The food is organic, local and made with great care – and with each bite that shows.
For lunch I had the Mushroom Porridge and it was phenomenal. It was a gluten free dish consisting of mushrooms, peas, chicken fried crackling, fermented cucumber and fried egg aioli. It was creamy, hearty and absolutely delicious with an incredible flavor profile. The fermented cucumber added a touch of acid and the chicken fried crackling added a little crunch – making it the perfect compliment to the dish.
My son had just eaten lunch at preschool, so he happily opted for some dessert instead.
Our Trader’s Point Creamery adventure was one I will not forget. We had a lovely afternoon breathing in fresh air, feeling the sun on our skin, enjoying delicious food and exploring all that this local gem has to offer, together.
I can say with confidence – a day spent here relaxing and making memories with loved ones is a day well spent.
Trader’s Point Creamery is located at 9101 Moore Road in Zionsville.
- The Loft Restaurant serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:00am-2:30pm, dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:00-9:00pm and brunch on Sunday from 9:30am-2:30pm. Live music is featured every Friday from 6:00-9:00pm. T
- The Dairy Bar is open daily from 11:00am-5:00pm and on Mondays from 11:00am-3:00pm.
- The Farm Store is open daily from 9:00am-6:00pm
- Cow Milking takes place daily at 6:00pm.
- Dinner on the Deck, where they serve an outdoor family-friendly dinner featuring live music and a farmers market, is hosted every Friday from June through August .
Jennifer Thompson is a stay-at-home mom of four spunky, sweet, kind and sometimes a bit wild children. She has a passion for the written word and thinks that libraries and bookstores are the coolest places ever. When not hanging out with family or writing, she can be found enjoying a good cup of coffee, running, spending quality time with friends, working on some type of project around the house, planning the family’s next trip to her favorite destination – Walloon Lake, Michigan, or very possibly – reading a book.
Jennifer enjoys writing about her parenting experience and outings with her children for Indy’s Child as a freelance writer and blogger and also keeps a personal blog, www.trulyyoursjen.com, that she has fun writing when time allows.