Faces of Farming

HANCOCK COUNTY — There are more than 600 farms in Hancock County, comprising nearly 166,000 acres of farmland, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Farmers and horticulturists from all over the county are lining up to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor at farmers markets. This feature introduces one local producer who can be found selling goods at local farmers’ markets.

Robert Engleking

Engleking Country Beef Shop

Where is your farm located?

“It is in Hancock County, north of Charlottesville.”

How long have you been a farmer?

“All my life. My parents were farmers, my grandparents were farmers, my great-grandparents were farmers — how far back do you want me to go?”

What do you raise or grow?

“We have corn, beans, alfalfa, cattle and chickens.

Where do you sell your items?

“We are at the Cumberland Farmer’s Market, the Irvington Farmer’s Market, we have a storefront on the farm, and we go to the hub at the Hoosier Harvest Market.”

What do you like best about being a farmer?

“Being outside. I’m not a desk person.”

What can people expect from being in agriculture?

“It’s a lifestyle. The rewards aren’t always monetary, but they’re everlasting. It’s the best way to raise a child.”

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or rhatcher@greenfieldreporter.com.