Bloom where you are planted! It's a bit of advice that seems especially fitting in our town. We've taken it to heart, and pay special attention to the landscaping around our stores.
Here's a glimpse of one of the gardens at the West Sixth Street store (maintained by Todd Baker of Brown Co.) also known as the Near West Side location, named for the nearby NWS neighborhood.
Many thanks to Ferrol Johnson of Abundant Harvest Farms for the small garden in the trough. Ferrol has also planted donated gardens at fire stations in Bloomington. Listen here to an interview about the project at community radio station WFHB.
"We're only secure when we can look out our kitchen window and see our food growing and our friends working nearby." – Bill Mollison, founder of the Permaculture movement.
It may seem odd that a store that sells groceries would be encouraging people to grow their own. But the two are not really at odds. Not only do we depend on independent growers and producers in order to stay in business, but, as a member-owned cooperative, we encourage people to do everything within their power to provide food for themselves and others.
We have exciting news about a new benefit with another local business: Revolution Bike and Bean now gives a 10% discount to co-op member owners. This is a new perk of Bloomingfoods membership. Just mention your member number when you shop with them!
And here's more news from The Bike and Bean: they will host bicycle service classes at their shop on the first and third Mondays of July, from 7pm to 8pm.