In special cases, our Market allows artisanal vendors from within 150-mile radius to participate. Lucky for us, Ludwig Farmstead Creamery falls within that radius, just over the border in Illinois. And that is how we have the 2012 Illinois State Fair Grand Champion cheeses at our Broad Ripple Farmers Market.

Ludwig’s Feather Ridge and Kickapoo cheeses won the awards, and wheels of the cheese were auctioned off afterwards for $500 and $600 respectively.  Dutch-born and trained cheese-maker, Fons Smits, is responsible for the traditional European-style artisan creations. Stop by the Ludwig’s booth (3E on the vendor map) to sample their award-winning Kickapoo and Feather Ridge cheese!