Indiana Pork’s “Loaded Pit-Tatoes,” a Signature Dish at the Indiana State Fair

Indiana Pork Producers Association’s Jeanette Merritt (left) poses with WTHR anchor and reporter Carlos Diaz (right) as he tastes Indiana Pork’s “Loaded Pit-tatoes” signature dish at the Indiana State Fair. Photo: CJ Miller/Hoosier Ag Today.

As the Indiana State Fair kicks off this weekend, we couldn’t talk about the fair without mentioning some of this year’s delicious new food items.

The Indiana Pork Producers Association prepares its “Loaded Pit-Tatoes” as this year’s signature dish. Jeanette Merritt of the Indiana Pork Producers Association says it’s a creative combo that marries two popular items featured by Indiana Pork.

“Roasted potatoes are one of our most popular sides, and of course, our pulled pork is our best-selling sandwich,” says Jeanette. “We take these two items, put them together, add sour cream, cheese and jalapenos and we know customers are going to love it.”

Where can you find one of their “Loaded Pit-Tatoes” at the State Fair?

“We have two tents this year on the ground,” according to Jeanette. “We have one on the north side near the pioneer village, and the one on the south side is near the west pavilion, also known as the cattle barn. This weekend, [it’s] known as the pigsty.

A sample of the “Loaded Pit-tatoes” signature dish donated by the Indiana Pork Producers Association at this year’s Indiana State Fair. Photo: CJ Miller/Hoosier Ag Today.

Jeanette says delicious food is only part of what the State Fair is all about.

“For Indiana Pork, this is an opportunity to tell our story, to represent our 3,000 Indiana hog farmers, and to encourage the guests who are here, many of whom have never set foot on a farm. , to understand the principles and practices we do on our farm. We do this in our tents this year by sharing messages about sustainability, talking about the importance of communities to our farmers and how farmers give back and feed their neighbours, and we hope people who come to visit our tents will learn more. about that.”

Jennette says the Indiana State Fair is an opportunity for Indiana pork producers to use their cattle as an educational tool.

“What interests me is when you see these families going into the barn who have no idea. They’ve never seen a pig and watch the 4-H kids engage with them, really talk to them, and tell them about their animals. I think it’s so encouraging to see the public wanting to learn, but also to see our kids who are really ready for that education too.

As for Jennette, she says she has a passion for the Indiana State Fair.

“I really do! I can’t imagine an August that didn’t include the State Fair,” says Jeannette. “I think this is my 29th state fair, plus ten years of 4-H , so I’ve been doing this for a while.”

Click BELOW to hear CJ Miller’s report on the Indiana State Fair and how the Indiana Pork Producers Association is preparing their “Loaded Pit-Tatoes” as a specialty dish for this year’s fair!


Click BELOW to hear the FULL interview with Jeanette Merritt of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, as she discusses how the Indiana State Fair helps Indiana pork producers educate others about how their favorite pork products are moving from the Indiana farm to their kitchen tables!

Click HERE to learn more about the Indiana Pork Producers Association.

Click HERE to learn more about the schedule and upcoming events throughout the Indiana State Fair.

Indiana Pork Producers Association’s Jeanette Merritt (left) poses with Indiana Pork’s “Loaded Pit-tatoes” signature dish at the Indiana State Fair. Photo: CJ Miller/Hoosier Ag Today.