In 2012, Chef Owner, Lindsay Dingman Sheffield, born and raised in Converse, opened the doors of Jefferson Street BBQ. A true focus on “local” being a mindset and not a tag line – she managed to put together a cooperative of farmers, business people and herself to fulfill the raw food needs of Jefferson Street BBQ.
She and her husband, Clint, raise broiler chickens on their farm, Double Deuce Produce, in Swayzee, as well as raise egg laying hens, run a large you-pick strawberry and pumpkin patch, grow tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and peppers – to name a few. Her family farm also supplies the Hickory wood she uses to smoke BBQ daily.
Her friend and fellow farmer, Nathan and his family, operate a pastured hog farm in Amboy, just 7 miles away from the restaurant. He raises the hogs the “old fashioned way” and supplements their feed with leftovers from Hoosier Healthy Oil and Indiana grown grains. Together, this partnership between Nathan, Lindsay and Mark, of Hoosier Healthy Oil, has spurred much excitement in the farming community – the cover story in Indiana Prairie Farmer published February 2017 hits on why it’s so important, “If you love barbecued pulled pork, you won’t find any better than what you can get at Jefferson Street BBQ in Converse. But the taste is only half the story. Where the pork comes from and how the hogs are fed is a unique tale in its own right. Combine all the pieces and you get a story about a farm-to-fork connection that two farmers and a businesswoman made happen on their own.”
Tim, of Green River Greenhouse, has teamed up with Lindsay to offer organic, locally grown romaine lettuce to Jefferson Street BBQ. All of our salads are made with this lettuce!
All of our bread products are made at Cornerstone Bread Company, out of Indianapolis, which is an Indiana Artisans member and owned and operated by baker Cindy Helmling.
Indiana Pickle Company, based in Indy, is a new addition to our plate, featuring pickles made with Indiana beer and spirits. You can also pick up a jar in our retail area.
Broad Ripple Chip Co. features all-natural, handmade artisan chips that are made from Russet Potatoes, which result in slightly darker chips that are richer in flavor. These lightly-seasoned chips are super crunchy and have more true potato flavor than factory-made chips, which use bland white potatoes. We expect you will love them – we do! We also offer these wonderful chips in our retail area.
We have sourced these fine products from our home state: Sun King Brewery beer, Three Floyds Brewing Co. beer, Hotel Tango Victor Vodka, 18 Vodka, Oliver Winery Wines, Hoosier Healthy Oil, Batch No. 2 Condiments. These can be found on our menu and in our Retail Area.