‘A winter’s day In a deep and dark 
December’ (photo gallery)

Photo by Stephen Sproull   Saturday, December 10, 2016 Bloom Magazine’s 3rd Take a Picture Day It was indeed the kind of winter’s day Paul Simon was thinking of when he wrote, “I Am a Rock”; it was “deep and dark” and mighty cold, too. On December 10, 2016, the sun rose at 7:55 a.m. EST and set at 5:23 p.m. The high temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit; the low, 20 degrees. The day was mostly overcast, although the sun did break through for a few brief intervals. It was the kind of cold, silent day where most Bloomingtonians chose to hunker down indoors. We had hoped for snow. Our first Take a Picture Day for summer took place on [...]

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The Winter Farmers’ Market Is Up and Running at Harmony (Photo Gallery)

BY AUBREY DUNNUCK On December 5, the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market picked up right where the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market left off, making locally grown products available year-round. And there’s far more than fresh produce at the market. Every Saturday morning until March 26, there’s also a concert, a café, and a gathering place, all in the Harmony School gymnasium. Now entering its 12th season, the winter market was founded by Linda Chapman of Harvest Moon Flower Farm with support from Slow Food Bloomington and the Local Growers’ Guild. Today, the farmer-run market is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, with more than 40 farmers and vendors participating. Katie Zukof, co-owner of Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery, has […]

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‘Healthful Food for All’ Helps Farmers and Needy Families

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s hard to balance supply and demand when you’re a farmer; you never know when you’re going to have a bumper crop. Just ask Teresa Birtles of Heartland Family Farm, who had an overabundance of butternut squash last year. “At the end of the season, we saw we would have a lot left over,” she says. “We had literally grown a ton of squash.” Fortunately, Birtles is a vendor at the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market (BWFM), which established the Healthful Food for All Fund in 2013. At the end of each Saturday market, the fund buys foodstuffs that can’t be stored at 50 percent of the retail price. The food is then donated to local organizations supporting […]

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