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Love Your Farmers' Market? VOTE! is partnering with to raise awareness of local foods, family farms, and community farmers markets and to reward America's favorite farmers market through this fun, summer-long contest. Vote for our Farmers Market!

Show the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market some love - help it win national recognition and up to $5,000 through an online contest. The "Love Your Farmers Market" contest will award voters’ favorite Farmers’ Markets with cash prizes, which will go a long way toward helping support local family farmers and providing Bloomington with fresh, healthy, locally grown food.


Care2 will award $5,000 to the farmers market that receives the most votes!

Such a contest couldn't be more timely. With a global recession, food scares and growing concern over industrial farming practices, Americans are searching for ways to reconnect with local, healthy and safe foods for themselves and their families. "Recession gardens" are popping up around the country. Organic food is a $20 billion industry and still expanding in spite of the economy. First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the new White House organic vegetable garden. More and more, Americans are visiting their local Farmers’ Markets to feed their families and support their local farmers.

From June 19th to September 22nd, people can vote online, for their favorite farmers market to help that market win. Voting is free and simple. There are prizes for farmers markets and individual voters. Vote for our Farmers Market!


Stranger's Hill Featured in June issue of Inc. Magazine

We love sharing great news about our local vendors. Check this out - Stranger’s Hill Organics is featured in the June 2009 issue of Inc. Magazine for its use of collaboration technology and tools and was featured on the Homepage of on June 25th. Local farmers using technology to do grow beautiful, organic produce.

How to Choose the Right Collaboration Software

Although e-mail remains the primary method of office communication, businesses are increasingly turning to programs designed specifically for office collaboration

By Darren Dahl

When employees spend a lot of time in the field, it can be difficult to manage projects and share information. Especially when those employees are actually out in the middle of a giant field. That was the situation at Stranger's Hill Organics, an 81-acre farm in Bloomington, Indiana, that grows organic produce and sells it to Whole Foods Market, food co-ops, and farmers' markets. Almost two years ago, the farm's founders, Dale and Lee Jones, brought on four new partners to help fund an expansion. That created some problems. The founders continued to work at the farm, but the new partners held jobs elsewhere and could make it out there only a few hours a week. That made it difficult for the owners to discuss topics such as tax planning, marketing budgets, and which crops were ready for harvest. "It was almost impossible to get everyone together on a regular basis," says Rick Dietz, one of the new partners. Keep reading on INC.

Learn more about Stranger's Hill Organics

It’s the 21st Annual Salsa Contest!

10 am Saturday, August 29, at the Farmers’ Market

ImageDoes summer get any hotter than this?! It’s salsa time in Bloomington, with all the drama of our city’s most popular annual food contest. For the 6th year in a row-- and the 21st year of this co-op tradition--we are pleased to team up with Bloomington Parks and Recreation to co-sponsor the annual Bloomington Salsa Contest, where a team of local judges determines who makes the best salsa in town.
You can catch the Salsa Contest at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market, 6th and Morton Street at Showers Commons, beginning at 10 am on Saturday, August 29th. Our master of ceremonies this year is Steve Krahnke, director of national program development at WTIU public television. Judges include notable food experts from our community.

Twenty entries in each of the three categories (tomato based Raw, tomato based Cooked, and Specialty) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may enter the contest by picking up an entry packet or two at either Bloomingfoods East (3220 East Third Street) or Near West Side (316 West Sixth St.) Packets include complete contest rules, a recipe/registration form, and containers for returning your salsa. The fee is $5 per packet. Entries must be submitted to Bloomingfoods East or Near West Side no later than 7 pm on Friday, August 28. Judges and their family members are disqualified from the contest.


August 2009 Green Drinks Bloomington

August 2009 Green Drinks Bloomington Looks at Integrated Pest Management

Photo: Aimee Dars Ellis
Green Drinks Bloomington, co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world. They gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections.

GDB will meet on Wednesday,  August 26 2009, from 5:30 - 8pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company, 350 W. 11th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. There is a $5 suggested donation to cover the cost of light refreshments. The meeting is open to those under 21. Upland will card anyone requesting beer or wine, which is available for a nominal additional charge.

The evening's presenter is Marc Lame, author of "A Worm in the Teacher's Apple: Protecting America's School Children from Pests and Pesticides." Lame is a clinical professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Bloomington. His presentation is titled “Community Pest Management in the Urban Environment: Developing Partners for the Implementation of Integrated Pest Management."

Lame will introduce the basics of Urban Integrated Pest Management and how it applies to homes, schools, municipal facilities and businesses in terms of providing a sustainable environment. Recommendations will be offered for what a community partnership might look like, and how such a partnership might be developed and fostered.

ImageTo receive evites to GDB events, write greendrinksbloomington [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also keep up with GDB news on the GDB Facebook page.

For additional information, contact: Marcia Veldman, Green Drinks Bloomington, 812-988-4956

You can see more photos from Aimee Dars Ellis on her Flickr site.

Eat Local, America! Pitch-In Dinner

Join Us on Sunday August 23 for an Eat Local, America! Pitch-In Dinner, with Music by Krista Detor

Krista Detour
If you missed it in July, there’s still time to catch the loco-motive at our next Eat Local, America! pitch-in dinner, Sunday evening August 23rd at the Bryan Park Henderson Shelter, with set-up beginning at 6 pm. Enjoy the music of Krista Detor, as part of the City of Bloomington Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by Wandering Turtle Art and Gifts. You'll hear tunes from Detor's latest CD, "Cover Their Eyes," as well as favorites from her other recordings. Music from 6:30 - 8 pm. Bring your own tableware, a blanket for the grass, lawn chairs (if you wish), and a dish to share.

The July ELA pitch-in, this past July 26th, was a fine gorgeous day. Our spread included a large horseradish leaf (can’t get much more local than that), an assortment of exquisite salads, local cheese brats, zucchini bread, tamales, no-cheese nutritional yeast pesto, and lots of fresh organic local melon (and yes, it reminded us of melon-camp!). Many thanks to Jason Fickle and his band, who sent their magnificent music out to Radu Lupu that night in July, in his memory.