At the Co-opElm Heights Project Update
We're into the home stretch, now! Refrigeration units are installed and functional; the last of the cement is scheduled to be poured; the plate-glass windows are installed; the awning is going up; the last of the masonry work is being completed on the east side of the building; and ceramic tile is going down in the back prep areas. We've posted the latest pictures on our Elm Heights page.
July - August Member Days & Product Specials
Member day is Monday in July and Tuesday in August. These are the July product specials, and these are the member-owner specials. Your Co+op Deals flyers are available here.
Bloomingfoods Staff Address Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute (GSEI) Students
IU's Kelley School of Business recently hosted a program for twenty students from across Europe sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. As participants in the GSEI, the students immersed themselves in American culture while exploring ways to use business knowledge to "alleviate poverty, foster economic development, and build global communities." Bloomingfoods staff members George Huntington and Steve Stroup were delighted to be invited to address this group, and spent a couple of pleasant hours talking with its members about how the cooperative business model provides a framework by which Bloomingfoods not only sells food but also works to make our community and world a better place.
Bloomingfoods Takes the Palm in 4th of July Parade
Bloomingfoods had a blast fielding a contingent in this year's 4th of July parade, and we were delighted to win the "Most Creative Use of Theme" award for our costumes and various accoutrement. Thanks to all who participated, and a special thanks to our artist-in-residence, Julie Harries, whose creativity and dedication never cease to amaze us.
Near West Side Store
(812-333-7312; 316 W 6th St.)
We're particularly excited, of course, with developments at Elm Heights, but there's plenty afoot at our other locations, as well. We're pleased to announce that we have a new local vender, Haylie Hawxhurst, a high school student who crochets with her grandmother. Her products include wonderful flower scrubbies and potholders. Haylie generously donates 20% of her profits to charity. We also have the popular, locally-made, net scrubbies. Note, too, that we have a nice selection of kitchen paraphernalia, including a small, light-weight food mill we've learned is great for pureeing your baby's first real food. See, too, our beautiful collection of bright, cool summer clothing. Doing a lot of grilling this year? If so, try the new steak and chop rub in the bulk herb section. Lastly, in the garden center the glazed pottery and all plants except those from Strangers Hill are 25% off.
(812-336-5400; 3220 East Third St.)
As one could expect at this time of year, the produce sections in all our locations are awash with delicious items, including: a ton (literally, 2,000 lbs.) of sweet Michigan cherries from King Orchard, a family farm outside Traverse City, MI; a wonderful selection of sweet corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and blackberries from a host of local growers. And coming soon, Michigan blueberries that we'll be able to offer at a terrific price.
In grocery, Martha Philion tells us about "Bird of Paradise" coffee, produced by a coffee co-op in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in southern Mexico for sale by Equal Exchange, 25# bags of organic whole corn from our friends at Fields of Agape, "I Love Me" herbal tea from Quilters Comfort, and a new flavor of dog food, "Rescue Blend," from Mr. Buck's Genuinely Good Pet Food Company. Our meat buyer, Josh Hermes, offers this report on the very grillable Fischer Farms babyback ribs, fresh Alaska salmon, and Miller Farms organic chicken now in stock, as well the meat and seafood options he'll soon be offering at our Elm Heights location. And to wash down the grill food, we're now featuring Cucumber Kölsch beer from Indianapolis brewery, Flat 12 Bierwerks, as well as a selection of exceptionally fine Italian wines. Note, too, that we're doing a reset of our beer and wine department that we hope will make it easier for you to find the beverage for which you're looking.
Finally, in the garden center, we have paw paw trees, a nice variety of perennials, and we have just taken delivery of a new shipment of Mexican Pottery and some small combination pots of flowers that make great gifts. Is your garden looking a little ragged, either from insect damage or lack of nutrition? The garden center's Chris Bobbitt offers these solutions.
(812-822-0143; 200 Daniels Way)
Things are pretty quiet on the Ivy Tech campus this summer, but we continue to have a wonderful time meeting and making friends with a new audience. On the product front, though, we happy to announce that we now carry Virgil's Orange Cream and Black Cherry cream sodas. The original cream soda has been so well received that we've expanded to include the two new flavors.
(812-336-5300; 419 E Kirkwood Ave.)
As we prepare to open our Elm Heights store, you may notice many new and shifting personnel, and our Kirkwood store is no exception. We're pleased to report we've hired several bright new staff members dedicated to ensuring you have a fantastic shopping experience. If you're a long-time customer, come on in and welcome the newbies; or if you, too, are new to Bloomingfoods, stop in and know that you're not alone! And don't worry. We have plenty of long timers that can tell you exactly where to find everything from the gluten-free flour, to the ice-cold drinks, to the ice creams (including the especially delicious "cookie dough" from Chocolate Moose), sorbets, gelatos (regular and dairy free) we have to get you through the heat of summer. As always, follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for our daily soups and sandwich specials.
Around TownHomegrown Indiana Farm Tour
Enjoy a delicious taste of agrarian life on the Summer Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour, Sunday, July 21st, from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. You'll spend the day on the grounds of Harvest Moon Flower Farm, where you'll learn about the farm's production of flowers, produce, and culinary herbs, then enjoy a delicious meal prepared by local chefs from Upland Brewery and Restaurant, The Trailhead Market & Noshery, and Soup's On, including vegetarian and vegan options. For more information about the tour, email or call Marcia Veldman, 812-349-3738.
Snake Doctor to Play Third Street Park
Join your friends and neighbors in Third Street Park on Friday, July 19th, for a performance by Snake Doctor. It's part of the 2013 Performing Arts Series and is free to the public.
Green Drinks Bloomington
Here's our regular reminder that Green Drinks Bloomington meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Banquet Facility at Upland Brewing. A $5 donation is requested; some food is provided. This month, Jeff Stant, Executive Director, and Audrey Moore Coordinator of the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA), will deliver a presentation entitled "State of the State Forest." Indiana hardwood forests, with all their rich, natural biodiversity, are now more threatened than ever since the Department of Natural Resources was mandated to become self-supporting and does so through timber sales. Learn what this means for our forests, the vision IFA has for changing it and how you can join in to protect Hoosier forests. This will all take place during the programmed portion of the evening, from 6 - 6:30 p.m. on July 24th. Please join us for a snack, a drink, and a thought-provoking discussion of this topic.
Food, Eating, and HealthEmpowering Women Landowners to Become Conservation Leaders
Here's an interesting demographic: The percentage of farm and ranch land owned by women is growing rapidly. It has been widely observed that women are far more likely than their male counterparts to support policies and programs "that encourage new farmers and provide incentives for using conservation practices and protecting farmland." Consequently, the American Farmland Trust's predicts that this shift toward increased female ownership could result in greatly improved soil health, more sustainable leasing practices, a greater use of cover crops, and better on-farm wildlife protection practices.
Factory Farms: Superbug Evolution Centers
Mark Bittman of the New York Times offers this splendid review of the mounting evidence that factory farms are virtual petri dishes for the evolution of strains of bacteria that may cause deadly disease in humans and that are resistant to antibiotics. If video is more to your liking, the Director-General of the WHO has released Past the Age of Miracles: Facing a Post-Antibiotic Age, a splendid three minute synopsis of how money from industrial farming and pharmaceutical is taking us down an unsavory and potentially disastrous path.
Following the Battle for GMO Labeling
Are you concerned about gmo's, and interested in following or, better yet, participating in efforts to institute labeling of gmo products sold in Indiana? A fine place to start is the Facebook page of Millions Against Monsanto - Indiana. The "Just Label It" site is yet another excellent source of news and information. And if you just want to do your best to avoid consuming them, you might find it useful to peruse this list from Nation of Change of over 400 companies that don't use them.
Environmental NewsEPA Oks Fracking Fluids for Wildlife and Livestock Consumption
The Common Dreams website recently published this account of the EPA's decision to permit millions of gallons of toxic fracking wastewater to be discharged near Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. The story contains all the usual hallmarks of corporate greed superseding public weal.
Closing Thoughts“Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic,
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!”
~ Walt Whitman