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Fall 2012 Truckload Sale October 13 & 14 at East Store

Our Fall Truckload sale takes place this weekend in the parking lot at Bloomingfoods East. There are some terrific products in the tent!

Doors open today, October 13, from 9am, to 6pm. Sunday hours are 10am to 5pm.

Here's just some of what you will find:

Big beautiful pumpkins for $2.50.

Leeks for 69¢ each. Jerome says this might be the best bargain in the tent, but he is also selling other delicious organic produce: seedless red grapes, onions, fresh cranberries, carrots, Granny Smith and Gala apples, potatoes, avocados, romaine hearts, and pomegranates. Organic croutons for those Caesar salads.


Meat Department News

There's a lot of good news to report this month from the East store meat department.

New Certified Organic Chicken from Miller Amish Farms! 
Organic Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast - $8.79/lb
Organic Bone-in/Skin-on Chicken Thighs – $4.19/lb (Great Price)

New items from This Old Farm. This Old Farm was first started in 2000 to bring good, clean food to Northern Indiana families from Erick and Jessica Smith’s 88 acre farm in Colfax, IN. They continue to do that today.  In an effort to make good food more accessible, they have now expanded to process locally raised meats and to represent 20 different farms through a farm alliance so that they can bring clean, local food to not only their traditional retail families but to commercial markets as well.  This means Bloomingfoods! 
100% Grass-fed Goat, 100% Grass-fed Lamb, and Pastured Beef. 
Look for it in the Frozen Meat Locker next to the fresh meat case!

New seafood supplier at the East Side.  Supreme Lobster has a plethora of items to satisfy your craving for fresh, frozen, quality, and most importantly sustainable seafood.  Look for new items in the fresh meat case. 

If you haven’t already reserved your Thankgiving turkey, don’t worry.  We will have extras of every size and kind to make your Thanksgiving dinner one to remember.  Come in starting Sunday the 18th to get yours.  I promise you’ll taste the difference.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Josh Hermes, Meat Buyer


Holiday Season in the Garden Center

The Garden Center has come a long way over the past year.  I was just looking at pictures taken only a few months ago.  The ramp and deck were not yet finished.  The front step was a cement block. Inside the building there were buckets of nails, bundles of insulation, a ladder, air compressor, and not much room to move around.  There’s still not as much room as we could use, but now the building is filled to the brim with delights for bird enthusiasts and gardeners.

Christmas trees will be here by Thanksgiving (currently scheduled to be available for sale on Nov. 20). This year, we will be including a free hand-blown glass ornament with each tree; additional ornaments will be available.  To keep your cut tree fresh longer, consider spraying it with Wilt Stop, an anti-dessicant made from pine resin.

Check out the Garden Center for practical gifts.  We offer a large selection of bird feeders and accessories, including shepherd hooks, bird baths, and de-icers. We also carry quality garden tools.  New this year are Stabilicers, slip-on cleats to make walking safer this winter.  We have weatherproof, squirrel-proof galvanized outdoor birdseed containers, so you don’t have to keep opening the garage door every time the feeders need refilling.

We have Bloomington’s best selection of bird seed at reasonable prices.  Look for your coupon coming soon: Buy four 35 lb bags of Supreme Mix now through June 30, 2013 and get one bag FREE.

Still wondering how to keep your leaf pile tidy, next to your composter? Try a chicken wire fence, 2 or 3 feet high.  You don’t have a composter yet?  The Earth Machine really works, even in winter.  Check out the e-newsletter article “Turn Fall Leaves into Black Gold.”

Vegetable and flower seed in bulk and packets will be arriving in early January.  Bulk provides a very economical way to get just as much seed as you need for the basics, as well as some more unusual crops you should try.  We’re hoping to carry broomcorn and other decorative grains for dried arrangements.  We’re almost doubling our varieties of packet seed from Livingston, a Columbus, Ohio company family owned since 1850.

In January and February, the Garden Center will host a series of talks on topics such as deerproofing, vermiculture, apartment gardening, drip irrigation, vegetable dyeing, natural lawn care, building hoop houses and cold frames, seed starting, etc.  These will be in the new Patio Room.  Stay tuned for details.

This holiday season, be sure to stop by the Garden Center and see what we have to offer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Chris Bobbitt


East Store Grocery News

We’ve brought in some great new items and want to highlight a few for you :
One Degree Veganic Breads:  From the One Degree Organics website, “In an age when even Wal-Mart is stocking “organic” fare, it’s wise to consider what the word now really means. Does the label guarantee healthy food, grown responsibly by people with integrity? Without transparency, it’s hard to know. But we, like you, want to know the story of our food; and that’s why we insist that all our ingredients are not only organic, but also veganic.

Organic growers are not supposed to use chemical pesticides, herbicides or man-made fertilizers on crops. Yet an organic certification does allow farmers to use animal waste, including blood meal and bone meal, to fertilize fields…Every grower who helps make One Degree foods uses veganic growing methods only. But that commitment is just the first step for us. We know and frequently visit the small family farms that contribute to our products. We’ve learned their stories, walked their fields. We know first-hand their dedication to providing pure, healthy food. Our farmers are not mass-market operations, nor are they anonymous. Using the scannable QR barcode or alphanumeric identifier on each One Degree package, you can know exactly who they are, and how they cultivate your grain. They respect the land, respect you, and have earned our trust.”

We are carrying the One Degree breads in the bread aisle:  Flax and Spelt, Sesame Sunflower, Lentil Grain and Whole Wheat.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Noosa Yoghurt: Strawberry Rhubarb, Peach and Honey.  We brought this line in because of a customer request and they are flying off the shelf!  Produced in Colorado by Morning Fresh Dairy, this line of yoghurts is named for Noosa, Australia.  Here’s a little quip from their website:  “We Aussies are famous for embracing other cultures, then adding our own little twist to make them our own. (It’s not “stealing,” it’s “being inspired.” There’s a difference!)

That’s exactly what we did with our Noosa Finest Yoghurt. We took a page from the Greeks (Ta, Greeks!) with their famously rich yoghurt. Ours is made in small batches, set, and infused with honey to give it that delicious sweet-tart tang, and smooth, velvety texture that sets us apart from the throng. We add just the right amount of fruit purees, made from the best the seasonal market has to offer, and pack it in clear tubs so you can see for yourself the lusciousness of what you’re about to enjoy.”

Lemon and Mango Almonds!  From Sunridge Farms these are yoghurt coated almonds that are simply delicious!  Our staff is split right down the middle when it comes to which flavor is preferred.  I vote for Lemon!  Look for them in bins at the end of the Bulk Aisle.

Allergen Free Dark Chocolate Chips:  Also in our bulk section, dairy and gluten-free Pamela’s Whenever Bars:  Raisin Almond Oat, Cranberry Almond Oat, Blueberry Lemon and Chocolate Chip Coconut.  They’re really good AND gluten free!
The Bakeman Brownies:  We’re trying out these little single serve brownies made in Chicago.  They are sold in the same box in which they are baked, they’re organic, non-gmo, vegan and free of all common allergens.  They come in some fun flavors and we’re starting with: Espresso Rum, Raspberry, Amaretto, and Triple Dark Chocolate.  We’d love to have your feedback!
“ TheBakeman.com gluten free vegan products have a true homemade taste and texture you can enjoy with the knowledge they have the same home-style ingredients you would use. Our products use only the best quality non-gmo ingredients and are free of chemicals or additives.”

New Beers and Wines to try: 
Shmaltz Brewing Company Holiday Gift Pack (Light your own beer menorah!!)  Includes 8 He’Brew beers, a glass and Chanukah Candles – yes, the beer bottles hold the candles
La Trappe Trappist Ale:  4 pack; includes a beautiful glass 
Kopke:  10 year Tawny Port and Fine Ruby Port
Triton Brewery (just up the road in Indianapolis) 3 new beers:  Sin Bin Ale, Dead Eye Stout and Four Barrel Brown
Pabst Blue Ribbon (yes, PBR!!) in the 40 oz bottle for $2.99

Huber Winery: Peach Dessert Wine made from Huber’s own tree-ripened peaches.  Huber’s is an Indiana Winery located in Starlight, near Floyd Knobs and is one of Indiana’s largest agritourism destinations.  “Seven generations strong and growing communicates to our guests how important heritage and tradition are to this family.  Indiana’s largest estate bottled winery indicates that everything from the vine to the bottle is done on the property.  All of the fruit and grapes grown on the 600 acre estate are used in the production of over 30 brands of Huber’s wine, brandies, ports, and infusions.’ 
Samuel Smith’s:  Winter Welcome Ale in the 550 ml bottle

Peacetree Mountain Truffles:  An elegant gift pack of locally made truffles using locally produced wines!  This is a 4pack with a Huber Winery Starlight Red Truffle, Oliver Winery Vidal Blanc Truffle, Brown County Winery Port Truffle, and Butler Winery Blueberry Truffle.  If you attended our Wine Tasting on the new patio earlier this month, you probably sampled some of these truffles as you were sipping your wine!  Look for them on the Local Wine Shelf.

We’ll be stocked up on all the classics for your holiday meal (s) including stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravies, pumpkin, spices, turkeys, hams, ducks, tofurky, green beans, frozen pies, graham cracker crust, chestnuts, rolls, persimmon pulp, baking supplies, nuts, coffee and, hopefully, whatever else you can think of! Have a wonderful holiday!

What makes high quality pet food?  Like people, cats and dogs do best with whole, minimally processed foods that contain a minimum of additives & artificial ingredients.  There is also an increasing concern about food allergies in dogs and cats, especially wheat & other grains.  Cats do best on a heavily meat-based diet while dogs need a blend of meats and vegetables.   Some pet owners are switching to a raw foods diet for their pets with the idea that it most closely resembles what animals would eat in the wild.  Pet owners are concerned, also, about potential contaminants and are looking for pet food made from animals raised in the USA following USDA guidelines.

With these considerations in mind, we have added several new pet products at Bloomingfoods East.  The first is a grain-free dog food made by Holistic Select with salmon, anchovy, & sardines.  The second is a “Duck, Duck, Goose” raw food cat & dog treat made by Stella & Chewy’s.  The treats are freeze-dried so they need no refrigeration while still offering the benefits of raw food.  We are also introducing a variety of other pet treats, including two Hip & Joint treats for dogs from Nutrisource, an all lamb chewy treat from Nutrisource, a low-calorie soft jerky chicken treat from Evanger’s, and two types of breath-freshening dental chews from Halo.  Please let us know what you think of these new options and if there are other products you would like to see in the store!

!Pet Food Fun Fact!  With Mr. Buck’s Genuinely Good Pet Food Company’s donation of $1 for every bag of dog food sold, your purchases have contributed over $400 to our local animal shelter!  Way to go!! For those unfamiliar with Mr. Buck’s, they are a local company producing excellent dry and canned food for both dogs and cats and we are pleased to offer their complete line here at the East store. 
Submitted by Maggie Sullivan

East Store Grocery News

To all of you from all of us,
Happy Holidays! May your season be filled with friends and family and lots of love.

Your East Store Grocery Staff
Jared, Susan, Jacob, Greg, Maggie, Ben, Matt, Justin, Erin, Brenton, Chris, Nic, Paul, Josh, Nicki, Jake, Sean, Tyler and Martha

Now, on to the news.  Things are really bustling here at the East store and it feels good!

Take a look around for holiday favorites as well as some interesting new items:

Martinsville Candy Canes, Traders Point Egg Nog, Silk Nog, Divine Chocolate Bars, Panettone, Chocolate Dusted Truffles, Gingerbread House Kits, Seabear Salmon, Holiday Cookies, 240 Sweet Marshmallows,  and Peacetree Mountain Truffles.  Also check out our own Bulk Department gift and snack trays!

McCabe’s Granola:  From Columbus, In, in flavors of Cranberry, Blueberry, Peanut Butter & Chocolate, and Original.

Reed’s Culture Club Kombuchas:  From the fine folks who make the Reed’s Sodas in delicious flavors (Goji Ginger, Lemon Ginger Raspberry and Pink Grapefruit)

See, too, our new Frontier Herb Display located near the yogurt case,  with lots of new herbs and spices – let us know which ones you like.

And finally, McClure’s pickles.  They’re awesome!  You'll find them located next to the other refrigerated pickles.

May you and yours enjoy the happiest of holiday seasons.

Martha Philion, Grocery Manager