Pizzeria busy delivering to farmers in fields

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BUCK CREEK, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana pizza shop is delivering to farmers who don't have time to leave their combines during harvest season.

Buck Creek Pizza Co. offers to-the-field deliveries as part of its pledge to drive pizzas anywhere within eight miles of the store in in the Tippecanoe County community of Buck Creek. About 20 farmers in the Lafayette area have taken advantage of the offer.

"We'll get a call from a combine and it works out really good," owner Jay Mitchell told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/RcYlUr ) for a story Monday. "It's not out of our way."

Betty Peabody's husband ordered a pizza from Mitchell's shop last week while he was working the fields.

"When you're moving from field to field, the main goal is to keep that combine and equipment running," Peabody said.

Mitchell said he knows deliveries to farm fields wouldn't work for most pizzerias.

"Most pizza places are in cities and they don't have a clue what a combine is, let alone how to find one," he said.

Mitchell, who grew up on a farm, said he doesn't mind tracking down the busy farmers and remembers the rush of the harvest and planting seasons. Mitchell said he had to cut his number of employees from 18 to eight during the recession and that he's been helped by the farm deliveries.

"It's a quick thing now," Mitchell said. "They eat on the bed of the truck. People don't seem to have time anymore."

Joe Smith of Smitty's Pizza in Monticello said his restaurant has made farm field deliveries in the past but not this year.

"Farmers never shut down the combine," Smith said. "They work, and people bring food."

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