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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Muddy Fork Farm Makers of Crusty Artisanal Breads

BY CHRISTINE BARBOUR An artisan is a craftsman, someone who works with his hands to create singular and distinctive works of art. In the food world, that means small batches of exceptional and wonderful things to eat. Could be cheese (think Capriole Farmstead). Could be chocolates (think BLU Boy Chocolate Café & Cakery). Could be beer (Bloomington Brewing Company and Upland Brewery Co.). And of course it could be bread. Thanks to Eric Schedler and Katie Zukof of Muddy Fork Farm, shoppers at the local winter and summer farmers’ markets can now buy just-baked artisanal breads—crusty, fragrant, hand-kneaded loaves of whole wheat, rye, and rustic sourdough—as well as cinnamon buns, soft pretzels, and pies. Schedler was a musician and an adjunct […]

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