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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Join a CSA and Get Fresh Food Delivered

BY KELSEY O’CONNOR With rows of baskets brimming with fresh produce from dozens of local farmers, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market makes it easy for residents to stock up on seasonal produce. But many farmers and food producers are offering an even easier way to obtain local food. It’s called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Customers, known as shareholders, pay farmers upfront for a subscription to their crops or products. In return, the shareholders receive a box of fresh food each week. According to the Local Growers’ Guild, there are 15 farms with CSAs that now sell in town. One of the first farms to offer this arrangement locally was Musgrave Orchard, owned by Amy and Andy Hamilton. The Hamiltons started […]

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Bloomingfoods: Champion of Local Producers and Growers

BY CARMEN SIERING Promoting local products may be trendy in the business sector right now, but for Bloomingfoods, supporting local producers is business as usual, says Ellen Michel, marketing and outreach manager for the cooperative grocery. “We’ve had the same mission statement since 1976,” Michel says. “Even then, our founders were already thinking local.” Walk through any of the three Bloomingfoods locations and you’ll find local products—from produce and meat to baked goods, soap, and flowers—in every aisle, with shelf markers noting the fact. At checkout, receipts record how much was spent on local meat, deli, grocery, bread, and wellness items. Produce is a little harder to track, but the store hopes to have those items represented in the future. […]

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