May has a special place in our hearts. Not only is May the beginning of the growing season on the farm, but also the Indy 500 is run less than an hour from us. Since it is a busy time for our family, we don’t usually get to the Indy 500 so we are sharing our favorite Race Day Recipes from the Farm.
When we think of race day food, it’s the classic box lunch complete with fried chicken, our favorite sides and a cookie, of course! Local grocery stores always feature these box lunches throughout the month of May leading up to the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend. So we love to make our own race day lunches even though we are usually in the field rather than at the racetrack.
Another reason we love the month of May is that the corn we raise helps fuel the Indy 500. How?
The race cars in the Indy 500 run on E85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Why do we love this? Because ethanol is made from corn. And we raise…you guessed it…corn on our farm.
The corn used to make ethanol is field corn which is the majority of the corn you will see growing in the fields across the Midwest, including Indiana where we farm. Our friend Sarah from Farmwife Crafts explains the difference between field corn, sweet corn and popcorn.
The Indy 500 has been running on ethanol since 2006. They have used different blends over the years before settling on E85 in 2013. Want to know something cool about E85?
Your car may be able to run on it too! If you have a Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV), then you too can use the same fuel that Indy cars do! One easy way to tell if you have a FFV is the color of your gas cap!
If the gas cap is yellow, like the one on Barbara’s mini van above, then you can use E85 (find your nearest pump here).
Now back to the recipes…
Here are some of our favorite recipes that remind us of those classic race day box lunches. We included a classic fried chicken recipe along with some other chicken recipes if you are intimidated by frying chicken, like Barbara.
Race Day Recipes from the Farm
Dill Potato Salad from Farmwife Feeds
Blueberry Lemonade from Farmwife Drinks
This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of The Glass Barn which is funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. All opinions are 100% our own.