Local Spotlight

Local Spotlight – Howe Farms

Take some time and look into the food you put into your body. Have you found any local farms near you? Have you been second guessing on the quality of product you are feeding to your family? If you’re near Crown Point, Indiana… look no further …

Wonder down US 241 about 15 minutes outside of Crown Point square and you will find yourself in another world. A world where animals roam free and farmers are tending to their crops and livestock. Some farm for trade and some just for pure self-sustainability. Luckily the family at Howe Farms are more than welcoming to their land.

Q & A

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

A: Steve and Jenn Howe. Owners of Howe Farms.

Q: How did you get into farming?

A: We got into farming first from our interest in beer, but it has blossomed into an obsession. We truly want to raise the highest quality healthiest foods for our community. We want to positively impact NWI. We are region kids that love it here.

Q: What drives you to do what you do?

A: Drive…it’s a funny thing to me. From the community, to leaving something for my kids and grandkids, to being the best I can be, there are many driving factors.

Q: Any big plans for the future?

A: Our future is scaling up to meet demand, we have to be more efficient and continue to focus on our standards at the same time as we scale, do it is a constant redevelopment of a new system.

Q: What is one of your favorite stories about something that has happened on the farm?

A: I don’t have a particular story that stands out, but making memories with our family and friends is a constant goal. We try hard to treat everyone like family, we appreciate the love and support so much and everyone feels like family now. So we love to make those memories.


Howe Farms is located at: 14091 Grand Boulevard, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307

Due to the current pandemic, and the expansion of the farm, Howe Farms is offering tours at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm on the days the farm stand is open.  They are doing everything in their power to keep customers, farmers and animals safe.  

  • Farm stand is open May-October on Sundays 11-3
  • Tours are FREE
  • Tours last roughly 15-20 minutes
  • Limited groups to 10 or less for safety reasons
  • Parties of 5 or more please contact for availability
  • Fences are electric and bees are on the farm so please be aware of the safety concerns 


Rum Runner – 903 Brewers

This beer is intense looking. Murky and filled with sediment and pulp. Beer is pink in color with hints of pineapple and strawberries. Taking first sip this beer punches you right in the tongue, holy citrus! The orange is very bitey in the front along with the mixture of pineapple. You get mellowed out on the palate with banana . This beer is something I have never had before and it is great. Good job 903 brewers.

About 903 brewers:

Deeply rooted in originality, high quality, and community, 903 Brewers prides itself on solely offering its best to the best (you).

Acting on their dream of sharing their love of creating great beer with folks who mean the most, 903 Brewers is the product of the perfectionism and persistence of founders Jeremy (also head brew boss) and Natalie Roberts.

903 Brewers is located in SHERMAN, TX 75090




Charcuterie Board:
Chef’s Selection of Salumi & Artisanal Cheese • Served w/ crackers & accoutrement

Personal Goblin Bowl:
Linguine • Chicken Breast • White Wine & Garlic Sauce • Cherry Tomatoes • Cucumbers • Artichoke Hearts • Feta

Key Lime Pie:
Homemade pie w/ fresh lime zest





Brassica Caesar:
Locally Grown Baby Kales • Rapini Leaves • Brussel Sprouts • Charred Broccolini • Maitake Mushrooms • Crunchy Crumbs • White Miso Caesar

Grammy’s Lasagna:
Housemade Sausage • Leeks • Parmesan Béchamel

Caramelized Onion Tortellini:
Leeks • Gruyere





Tenuta di Ghizzano- Il Ghizzano 2016

Smells of tart cherries and currants. This wine smells incredible lasts long and very pungent. The color is burgundy and is elegant. Off the sip this wine takes your regular wine experience away. Medium body with tremendous flavor. Tannin is prevalent with backdrop of currant. First ever organic wine.

My rating: 93/100

About Tenuta di Ghizzano:

The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the upcoming and esoteric Colline Pisane area near Pisa in the 14th century. For 26 generations, the family has been growing vines, olive trees, and cereals with a deep respect for tradition and terroir. Since 1996 Countess Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini has run the estate, continuing the tradition of award-winning wines. Tenuta di Ghizzano became certified organic in 2003 and has employed biodynamic principles since 2006. 

Our aim is to keep investing in biodynamic agriculture and viticulture to offer the market limited quantities of outstandingly high-quality products, reflecting the inherent characteristics offered by these gentle hills. Respect for nature, the place that sustains us and the people that live and work here; these are the principles that our family has always observed in its management of the Tenuta di Ghizzano estate and has handed down through the generations.”  — Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, Winemaker and Proprietor 


Wethos 2014

Beautiful purple color when poured. Legs are prominent on the sides when stirred. The smell is very prevalent with oak and currant followed with the right amount of spiciness. This wine makes you want to close your eyes and be transported to another location. Long lasting and pungent. Flavor complexity is insane for this wine. Tannin lasting on the palate with a incorporated dry mouth feel. One great wine. Highly recommend.

My rating: 96/100


Dante’s Inferno: Canto 17; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Art. Geryon

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 17; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Art. Geryon

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 17 summary:

The monstrous shape lands on the brink and Virgil salutes it ironically. It is GERYON, the MONSTER OF FRAUD. Virgil announces that they must fly down from the cliff on the back of this monster. While Virgil negotiates for their passage, Dante is sent to examine the USURERS (The Violent against Art). These sinners sit in a crouch along the edge of the burning plain that approaches the cliff. Each of them has a leather purse around his neck, and each purse is blazoned with a coat of arms. Their eyes, gushing with tears, are forever fixed on these purses. Dante recognizes none of these sinners, but their coats of arms are unmistakably those of well-known Florentine families. Having understood who they are and the reason for their present condition, Dante cuts short his excursion and returns to find Virgil mounted on the back of Geryon. Dante joins his Master and they fly down from the great cliff. Their flight carries them from the Hell of the VIOLENT AND THE BESTIAL (The Sins of the Lion) into the Hell of the FRAUDULENT AND MALICIOUS (The Sins of the Leopard).


Montanaro – Vermouth Di Torino Rosso

Country: Italy

Category: Vermouth

Region: Torino

Degree of alcohol: 16%

My review:

Liquorice flavor and scent. Very pungent scent with thick and lightweight molasses flavor . Anise flavor is strong for back drop flavor and long lasting on the palate. Super enjoyable for last drink and having with dessert.

My rating: 90/100

Passion Vines

Winemaker Notes

Made with 15% marsala as part of the base, look for a plummy aroma accented by a dried-herb note. Mouthwateringly tart, the palate evokes black cherry preserves and damson plum, finishing bitter with a dab of dried apricot.


Dante’s Inferno: Canto 16; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature and Art

Writing title: Dante’s Inferno
Canto: Canto 16; CIRCLE SEVEN: Round Three The Violent Against Nature and Art

Artwork: Salvador Dali

Canto 16 summary:

The Poets arrive within hearing of the waterfall that plunges over the GREAT CLIFF into the EIGHTH CIRCLE. The sound is still a distant throbbing when three wraiths, recognizing Dante’s Florentine dress, detach themselves from their band and come running toward him. They are JACOPO RUSTICUCCl, GUIDO GUERRA, and TEGGHIAIO ALDOBRANDI, all of them Florentines whose policies and personalities Dante admired. Rusticucci and Tegghiaio have already been mentioned in a highly complimentary way in Dante’s talk with Ciacco (Canto VI). The sinners ask for news of Florence, and Dante replies with a passionate lament for her present degradation. The three wraiths return to their band and the Poets continue to the top of the falls. Here, at Virgil’s command, Dante removes a CORD from about his waist and Virgil drops it over the edge of the abyss. As if in answer to a signal, a great distorted shape comes swimming up through the dirty air of the pit.