The February day that Chad Roeder, owner and founder of Bloomington Pedal Power, began transporting food for Bloomingfoods, the weather wasn't exactly the greatest. Area schools were on a two-hour delay, and the icy roads weren't yet fully cleared and open.
Roeder sent a message saying that "Everything went great (except for the pesky hail, sleet, and rain)" - a measure of his enthusiasm for his new business.
Roeder has begun transporting baked goods, soups, salads, and sandwiches made in the Near West Bloomingfoods kitchen. They travel via pedal power six blocks east, to the original co-op - a restored carriage house "right up your alley" off Kirkwood and Dunn. At that store, the limited food prep space is used for making fresh sushi, which goes back out to the larger stores.
On Saturday May 3rd, the new Community Farmers' Market of Owen County (CFMOC) will open at the Courthouse Square in Spencer Indiana, realizing the dream of many Owen County growers and residents. The weekly market will be open each Saturday from 8 am to noon for 26 weeks, through October 25th, 2008.
The Community Farmers' Market of Owen County will feature produce from local food vendors, as well as entertainment and jury-selected arts and crafts. Its mission, written by Owen County residents, will be "to provide local producers and their neighbors a gathering place that fosters the connection between our food, our culture, our land and our environment."
"I'm told that back in the early days of Owen County there was fur-trading on our Courthouse Square," says Gwen Dieter, of the Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District. "Like so many other places, we are returning to that idea of a community market, a place where neighbors can gather."
During the week of May 9-17th women from around the community will join hands once again to build a Habitat for Humanity home. In its seventh year, the Women's Build program has experienced success unmatched by other Habitat projects. Each year a crew comprised entirely of women builds a house in just one week, in partnership with a local family in need.
Wielding hammers and power tools during the week is really just the culmination of the effort. Each builder commits to raise or give at least $250 towards the project's sponsorship. Last year, the team of 250 builders raised $90,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.