As we come to the end of the year, here's a question: Do you know where your food comes from? It’s a simple inquiry, and you’d think it would have a simple answer (“The store!” Right?) but we know that the world is more complex than that.
One of our jobs in the grocery business is to work to identify and trace sources of food. The kinds of food and beverages that we buy say a lot about what we value, and about the state of our health.
The conversation about food is never-ending at Bloomingfoods. We care, of course, about other things too, but food is the common denominator, a measure of many other social and political factors.
Want to know more about the local food scene right in our home state? Food for Thought: Indiana Harvest is a thoroughly beautiful new book published by Indiana Humanities, celebrating the vibrant food revolution right here in Indiana.
Over 80 people and places are featured, including Bloomingfoods, Marcia Veldman (coordinator of our fantastically successful Bloomington Community Farmers' Market) and numerous producers, including Greg Gunthorp, whose food can be found in our stores. Wonderful and inspiring stories, all—available at our stores for your personal library or as a gift, at a special co-op price of $20.
Four new food co-ops have recently joined Principle Six. They include: Eastside Co-op, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Three Rivers Co-op, Knoxville, Tennessee; Viroqua Food Co-op, Viroqua, Wisconsin; Weavers Way Co-op, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.“Principle Six is an alignment tool—a way to deepen the conversation about food and justice,” says Sean Doyle, general manager of Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli, now the home base of the project. Aaron Reser, the recently hired national P6 coordinator, has her desk at Seward Co-op. Aaron has been traveling to the P6 co-ops, helping launch the program and make it more visible in our stores. She recently coordinated a Twin Cities P6 meeting that included tours of both Eastside and Seward Co-ops.