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A Taste of SoIN | Real Food and Fun at Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-13-pmBY ANGIE FENTON | PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON 

There are plenty of reasons to include Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant on your list of must-visit places this fall, but my favorite is the food, all of which is made from scratch and reminiscent of the long-ago leisurely family dinners at my grandparents’ home when I was growing up.

The spacious dining room overlooks the flower gardens, lake and mini farm/playground, which only adds to the ambiance, but I have to be honest: Once it’s served, it’s hard to look anywhere but at the food. Country Fried Chicken. Huber Honey Ham. Chicken and Dumplings. Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter. Fresh Vegetables. And all of it is served family style. If you leave Joe Huber’s hungry, you did it wrong. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-31-pm

If you aren’t interested in the dining experience, you can order your favorites to go. I won’t name names, but I once did a live TV remote at Joe Huber’s with a photographer friend and after ordering to-go, we didn’t even make it out of the parking lot but, instead, greedily – and without shame, mind you – feasted on the fried chicken while sitting in the news truck, giggling like little kids.

In addition to the fabulous food, you’ll find activities for all ages at Huber’s Family Farm, including pony rides, a corn maze, wagon rides, paintball, and more (these activities cost money) along with complimentary fun that includes tether ball, a 40-foot tunnel slide, swings, a hammock and my daughter’s favorite, the Tiny Tot’s Play Set.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-1-09-21-pmThe pumpkin patch has been open since Sept. 9 and a portion of all U-pick sales benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. The Market and Gift Shop also offer fresh gift ideas, locally grown food, preserves, jams, jellies, fudge and wonderful caramel apples (I’ll take mine with nuts, please!).

Every weekend, Joe Huber’s features live music with local musicians, craft beer, wine and cocktails, too.

But about that food…


2421 Engle Road | Starlight 




2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching. According to the National Retail Federation, more than half of shoppers start to research and plan their gifts in October, if not earlier, though by December most of us still have plenty of holiday shopping left to do. To help you get a jumpstart, we’ve featured a few of our favorite local finds. But don’t just take our word for it. Go out and frequent these locally-owned establishments now and take the hustle ’n‘ bustle out of this holiday season.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-51-25-pmSapphire Boutique

Sapphire Boutique, which has locations in Jeffersonville and New Albany, carries the latest fashions, accessories and gifts for women and babies. Follow us on Facebook @sapphireonspring and Instagram @sapphire_boutiques.

Julie Gionatti is wearing a Pink multi color sweater dress by BCBG, Black button front rain dress by BCBG, handbag by Sondra Roberts.

Rachel Shipton is wearing a ruffle sleeve suede dress by Olivaliceous, Handbag by Sondra Roberts.

Both models wearing various styles and brands of jewelry.

326 Spring St., Jeffersonville


154 E. Main St., New Albany




Lavender Hill

At Lavender Hill, we strive to make our customers very, very happy. We offer daily deliveries to both residential and business locations. Our knowledgeable staff is here for you, be it a celebration, loss of a loved one, wedding or our favorite – for no reason at all. We’ll guide to towards the perfect florals or fine specimen plant, or pop into the shop to find the perfect piece of jewelry, scarf or artisan gift.

359 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.288.2388 | lavenderhillflorals.com



Whether you’re selecting a special gift, entertaining, or just need a little room refresh in your life, Madhouse is here to help. You will not be disappointed in the variety and uniqueness within this specialty shop that truly caters to any price range.

151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 | madhousena.com


The Olivet

Locally owned and operated and situated in the beautifully developed Underground Station in the charming historic river town of New Albany, The Olivet is the only olive oil tasting emporium in the Southern Indiana area and offers the community a wonderful selection of ultra premium, extra virgin olive oils, hand selected from California groves, aged balsamic vinegars, whole spices and herb blends, Italian artisan pastas and sauces, handmade chocolates and truffles, a wide array of specialty and gourmet food items, and beautifully handcrafted, unique gifts. They also offer private tasting parties and specialize in custom gift baskets.

37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com


The Office Cigar Lounge

Kick back in big, comfy easy chairs and enjoy a cigar with your buds in the cigar lounge. There are hundreds to choose from in the huge walk-in humidor, as well as cigar and pipe accessories – plus we have a large selection of pipes and pipe tobacco – to keep you puffing and happy.

3700 Paoli Pike, Floyds Knobs | 812.993.0445 | www.theofficecigarlounge.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-52-18-pmACE Hardware

New Albany Ace Hardware is locally owned and happy to serve our community for more than 81 years. What better gift to yourself or someone special than a new grill! New Albany Ace Hardware offers a full range of grills – including Big Green Eggs, Traeger and Weber – and accessories – for the outdoor chef on your gift list. We also offer a variety of other items, just right for stocking stuffers and more. Plus, we receive new items every week. Follow us on Facebook by searching “Ace Hardware of New Albany.”

1905 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.945.6633. | www.acehardware.com & search “New Albany” in the store locator


MESA is a state-of-the-art, collaborative kitchen-classroom, featuring demonstrations by established and aspiring chefs from Southern Indiana and Louisville. The collaborative space offers cooking classes and demonstration, and also houses a bookstore, pantry, to-go cooking dinners, cookware boutique, aprons, toys for little ones and more. Stop by to pick up a gift for aspiring chefs of all ages or easily purchase a gift card for that special someone on our website.

216 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.725.7691 | www.mesachefs.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-52-44-pmHim Gentleman’s Boutique

Him Gentleman’s Boutique is a one-stop shop for every man. We provide all styles ranging from everyday casual to looking your best on a night out. Want to try a new look? Not sure how to work certain trends into your wardrobe? We are here for all your styling needs.

314 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.924.7441 | www.himgb.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-52-56-pmTop Shelf Tactical

Come and experience a different firearm retail experience. We are committed to the highest quality products, the most competitive prices and 100 percent customer satisfaction. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook – @topshelftacticalfirearms – for our weekly specials throughout the holiday season.

37 Bank St. Suite 7, New Albany | 812.725.1115 | www.topshelftactical.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-53-04-pmStrandz and Threadz

Threadz has many fashions to offer, including trendy clothing, scarves, purses and accessories, plus we carry gift items like signs, teas, candles, local items, seasonal items and more! Strandz is an AVEDA concept salon and full-service spa. So, you can complement your new outfit with a new hairstyle, blowout or add some highlights!

322 Vincennes St., New Albany | 812.945.5480 | www.strandzandthreadz.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-53-12-pmLL&A Interior Design

Celebrate Your Space!

247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606 | www.leslielewisdesign.com

Made by Morgan | A DIY Tradition

By Morgan Sprigler


Last year, I decided I would begin my own tradition for Thanksgiving dinner. My family loved it (or at least pretended to). I’m sure you have seen the Pinterest instructions on how to create a sharpie plate, mug, etc. Well, I borrowed this idea and went another direction with it.


White Ceramic Plates (Dollar Store/Big Lots)

Porcelain Marker (I used Vitrea, which worked much better than a Sharpie. Let dry before baking.)

Oven (Bake at 300 for 40 minutes)

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-51-19-pmWith a porcelain marker, I created a large dinner plate for each family member, filled with words of affirmation, accomplishments and successes for the year. They read something like this, “Before you fill your belly, let me fill your head! This year, you celebrated 32 years of wedded bliss.”

To be placed on top of the dinner plate, I created a salad plate with each family member’s monogram and some little, gold dots.

The evening of Thanksgiving dinner, I decided turn my project into a guessing game! As I was setting the table, I mixed up the monogram salad plates to be placed on top of the dinner plates. By going around the table, each person read the dinner plate aloud, and we all guessed who the plate belonged to. This was such a fun way to recognize each other and celebrate our successes as a family!

At the end of the evening, I wrapped up everyone’s plates and sent them home to be enjoyed throughout the year. (They’re dishwasher safe!)

The holidays are about to sneak up on us, dear readers. I urge you to create a tradition if you don’t already have one. Family memories are priceless!



This Is How I Roll | Unity or Hate: The Ripple Effect

By Grant Logsdon

The holidays are an important time to bring families and community together.  They are a time of peace and love for all mankind.  Although this is great, it would be wonderful if we had peace all year, instead of just during the holidays. We can change our world one person, one family and one community at a time.

Mother Theresa said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

Let’s talk about families.  Families need structure, respect and leaders.  Just as families are different, so are their leaders.  The family dynamic depends on culture, different geographic area and family makeup.  Leadership has nothing to do with age, sex, socioeconomic status, racial or ethnic makeup. It is all dependent upon circumstance within that family unit.

In my experiences traveling throughout Kentucky and other area of the country, I have observed how family culture impacts leadership.  I have met families where the youngest family member was the guiding force within the family, sometimes too young to carry such a leadership role, because of their life circumstance.  Society may not recognize or view them as leaders, but they are in that particular family. Whether identified or not.

When I think of family it is more than blood relatives.  To me, family means calmness, peace, no chaos or drama; it’s basically acceptance and understanding. It’s having people around you that you are at ease with, people who care.  I believe that is possible in any environment if people really want it and are willing to work toward it together. It is a personal choice.  It takes a strong family leader that sets the stage or paints the blueprint of peace within the family.

I’m not saying it is easy. People will disagree, argue and just be mad at one another.  Just because we do not agree does not mean we should turn to spewing hate.  We have to learn to agree to disagree peacefully.  We have to be able to hear people out and really, really listen even when we disagree.  Sometimes when you really listen it can awaken you to be more aware and look at the situation in a different way.

I have met families that were practically destitute but their home was calm and loving.  Families in eastern Kentucky come to mind.  They are a proud people, and if they welcome you in their home, you are special to them.  Anything you need will be provided if they possibly can.  They have few material things or services that most of us take for granted, but their home is full of respect and unity.  They make the most if what they have and are grateful.  I really think that is the answer, simpler lives and gratefulness. Perhaps stepping back in time, going back to the basics of kindness– good manners and love for one another– can mend our families, communities and nations.

It seems to me with the state of our world today, we are all so desensitized that we do not know kindness from evil or the next con-job.  We are suspicious of everyone and everything.  In my opinion, that has to stop.  I don’t blame anyone, unfortunately we have to be cautious and on our toes.  We have to be willing to have faith in others and give them a chance.

In order to restore our communities we need events that show people that others really do care.  It can be simple inexpensive things like town meetings, old-fashioned pot luck dinners, or ice cream socials;  maybe piggy backing on an already planned event.  Just get togethers where people could talk to one another and get to know one another.

As we approach the holidays, try to be more aware of others and more compassionate.  Smile at one another and say hello, or offer help if you think it is needed.  Just spread some happiness and goodwill.  Once the holidays are past, keep it up and see if your world is a little better.  Happy Holidays!

Holiday Greetings from Koerber’s | Extol TV

Koerber’s Fine Jewelry celebrates the holidays by inviting the local community to their annual event. Here’s an inside look at, covered by Extol TV.



3095 Blackiston Mill Road
New Albany