New to our Market this season is Smoking Goose Meatery, conceived and owned by Indianapolis native and locavore, Chris Eley who grew up here and worked at Sahm’s Restaurant before going to culinary school and working as a chef in Chicago. In 2007 he returned to his hometown to open Goose the Market. The Meatery opened on the eastside last fall and supplies restaurants and retailers around Indiana and in Cincinnati and Chicago with handcrafted, slow cured and smoked meat products using animals raised by local family farms with humane practices.
The products available change weekly and include a wide variety such as the popular pig & fig bacon, cold-smoked elk terrine, duck pear port sausage, and black truffle bologna, as well as some more traditional bratwursts, sausages, hams, and salumis (the old Italian spelling). I bought their braunschweiger last Saturday,(being a good German girl), and it is heavenly!
I recently spoke with Andy Cochran of Smoking Goose, (and the owner of Circle City Rain Barrels) about his involvement. Andy’s love for local food got him involved in farming with the White River State Park Project and that is where he heard that Chris was looking for someone to help with the business. The common theme with all of the people involved is “passion”. They have a passion for good local food and traditional practices that makes for a quality product.
At our Market, they are represented by Adam Strong who is their delivery driver for Indianapolis and Bloomington and also staffs their booth at the BRFM on Saturday mornings. Like me, you have probably noticed his enthusiasm about what he sells. Every week I see items crossed out on his board because he has sold out. I am looking forward to trying the Soppressata (having married into an Italian family I love a good soppressa!) and the Veal Bratwurst (with sauerkraut!).
Look for Adam at the Market on Saturdays, and the public can shop at the meat locker, 407 Dorman St., Thursday through Saturday. Visit the Smoking Goose Meatery on facebook or on their website for business hours and more information.