Shop Local this Holiday Season

This holiday season, set the table, deck the halls, and make your loved ones smile with wonderful holiday fare from Bloomingfoods. Shopping for local and sustainable foods, gifts, and décor this December is an excellent way to keep your dollars right here in our community.
Next time you’re perusing the aisles at one of our five locations, consider all the hand-made crafts, delectable chocolates, and locally made soaps and balms for this year’s stocking stuffers. For the little ones we’ve got nostalgic USA-made wooden wind-up toys from Channel Craft, and for the faraway friends, we’ve got Ravenwood greeting cards by our in-house artist, Julie Harries. We also carry Blue Q’s paper lanterns and 95 percent recycled coin purses, pencil cases, and tote bags, as well as Vessel Drinkware travel coffee mugs. Put a kettle of peppermint tea on and bundle up with our selection of locally made scarves, hats, and mittens.

As far as holiday edibles go, we’re offering Trader’s Point Creamery eggnog, chestnuts, candy canes and holiday sweets, artisan jam from Dillman Farm, and holiday microbrews. We recently stocked the frozen aisle with non-GMO Indiana sweet corn from Husk, so you can eat locally year-round!
From our produce section, we’re offering fresh cranberries at East, Near West Side, and Elm Heights. December is the beginning of citrus season, so keep an eye out for navels, cara cara oranges, blood oranges, tangerines, clementines, and mandarins. In addition, Darin and Deb Kelly from Good Life Farms in Morgan County will have a fresh supply of living basil and arugula from their greenhouses.
Our cheese merchandiser, Mary Roosma, is creating new holiday cheese collections, which highlight selections from our Midwestern cheese producers, featuring a variety of styles including Capriole and Caprini goat cheeses, Mimi’s smoked cheeses, and Ludwig and Kenny’s raw milk cheeses. These are great for hostess gifts or for entertaining. If you’d rather mix and match our fabulous artisan cheeses, you can make your own cheese tray—consider pairing contrasting textures and flavors or prepare a tray of cheeses from a specific country. We’ll throw you a bone, too—through January 10th, 2014 buy $25 or more in cheese and receive $5 off.
Finally, from our East Garden Center, we have live and cut conifers, including douglas and fraser firs, blue spruce, and white pine, as well as wreaths (decorated and bare), greens, centerpieces, and pine cones. You’ll find trees for sale at Elm Heights and the Near West Side as well. Receive a free hand blown ornament as a token of our appreciation with your tree purchase and don’t hesitate to ask our team to help bale and load your tree.
As 2013 draws to a close, we at Bloomingfoods would like to wish you all, our wonderful member-owners, a very merry holiday season and a happy New Year!