Preserving the Past at Traders Point Creamery
By Gail Alden
Traders Point Creamery
The four barns at Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, on Indy’s northwest side, are historic structures that were carefully transported and meticulously reconstructed under the guidance of Amos Schwartz. Salvaging old barns is integral to the Kunz’s vision for preserving the “work of mankind” to unite it with the work of nature.
The first barn to be brought to the property was a former stallion barn with beautiful sixty foot cherry timbers; it is now used as our equipment barn, with a long rocking-chair porch that overlooks the farm pond.
The Kunz’s, with Amos’ help, also secured two “sister” barns from a property in Geneva, Indiana, that date to the 1870s. One, originally a pig sty, was reworked into our tandem-style milking parlor. Here our farmers milk fifty to sixty Brown Swiss cows twice a day and visitors can observe the 4pm milking every day.
The third barn, known simply as the big Red Barn, is a German heritage-style bank barn, with two levels that allowed for animals to be kept below and for hay to be threshed and stored above. In a modern twist on its historic dual purpose, the lower level houses the milking herd during the winter and the upper level offers a unique rustic space for unique private events. In addition, our weekly winter Green Market and annual Oktoberfest and Christmas on the Farm festivals are held here.
The busiest of the four antique barns houses The Loft Restaurant (see photo above), our cheese production, and our Farm Store. It is an 1860s structure from Bluffton, Indiana, near the Wabash River. The hand-hewn beams recall the days before sawmills, when even the wooden pegs were carved by hand. When the dismantled barn came to Traders Point Creamery, it had to be fit to the contours of the existing land. By organically melding the structure and the landscape, the Kunz’s were able to mimic the harmonious relationship between the natural and human worlds that the farm seeks to sustain. This same vision for holistic integration inspired the creation of the Loft Restaurant, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant. We love inviting our guests into a dining space shared with all those Hoosiers who have used the barn for more than a century. With these historic structures we can, as Fritz Kunz says, use the pieces of the past to prepare for the future.