Eggnog in one basket

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Traders Point product eschews sweet stuff to create treat that’s perfect for holidays
By Traci Cumbay
Indianapolis Star correspondent
December 12, 2007
Fons Smits is mixing up eggnog in small batches at Traders Point Creamery. The result of his from-scratch mix of organic ingredients is frothy and only mildly sweet.
“We don’t make it so sweet, like the factory stuff,” said Smits, manager and cheese maker at Traders Point, 9101 Moore Road. He has kept the eggnog simple: “Look at the ingredients. There are only a couple there.” None of those are preservatives or artificial color or flavor, he said.
The purist’s approach is all well and good, but how’s the eggnog taste with whiskey?
“Pretty good,” Smits said. “Of course I had to try that. I blended it with about 7 percent whiskey for just a little kick, but someone else said, ‘No — it’s gotta be 50-50.’ ”
Look for the eggnog at the Farm Store at the Zionsville-area creamery or at any stores that carry its products. The eggnog is available in 32-ounce bottles until year’s end.
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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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