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Fun on the Farm Tour!

LGG Board member Tom Mooradian stirred up a delicious mint, golden raspberries, and honey tea for the recent Farm Tour dinner at Living Roots Ecovillage.  Big shout out to Tom’s bees for sharing their gift!

Participants were amazed by the 2.5 acre deer-proof wood fence that surrounds the farm and the huge diversity of vegetables they grow inside of it.

We’re excited to see how their orchard and grazing pastures develop in the next few years.  Thanks again to Living Roots Ecovillage for hosting the dinner and to all the sponsors.

The Farm Tour is Co-sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation, the Local Growers’ Guild, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, and Harvest Moon Flower Farm with special thanks to Muddy Fork Farm.

Want to see more?  Check out this video the LGG made with Living Roots Ecovillage on their Permaculture gardens.

Living Roots Ecovillage – Urban Permaculture: Feeding Our Communities from Local Growers Guild on Vimeo.

 

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Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our local dining fundraiser on Friday night.   We hope you keep going back to these restaurants that source food locally all year round!

Laughing Planet
Nick’s English Hut
Upland Brewery
Lennie’s
No Coast Reserve

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Food Chain: A Discussion of Policies Affecting the Bloomington Food System

Please join the Local Growers Guild and the Bloomington Food Policy Council for this exciting panel discussion as part of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Week on Monday September 8th from 7pm-8:30pm. Panelists include LGG members Mike Record from New Ground Farm,  and Larry Howard from Maple Valley Farm.  They will be joined by Chef Sasha Divine from No Coast Reserve, and Kroger Public Affairs Manager John Elliott. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Corrigan from Earth Eats. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for the Summer Quarterly meeting of the Food Policy Council.

Location: Monroe County Public Library meeting room 1C

Learn more about our panelists.

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Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Indiana Farm Tour last month and LGG member Moon Valley Farm for hosting.  For information on the Fall Indiana Farm Tour, visit the City of Bloomington’s website.

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Join us at the Indiana Farm Tour this Weekend!

Purchase Tickets Online or mail your registration to the City of Bloomington’s Park and Recreation Dept.

Every year, the LGG partners with the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market to coordinate the Indiana Farm Tour at an LGG Member Farm.  This year, we’re visiting Moon Valley Farm, a diversified family farm in Gosport, IN.  Allen Kitscher and Grace MacNeil grow and raise their animals, vegetables, and medicinal herbs using primarily permaculture-based practices.

The LGG visited Moon Valley Farm to take a few pictures for this year’s Growers’ Guide.  We were excited to learn about the farming practices they engage in to conserve the environment and build healthy soils. They rotationally graze their herds of mixed-breed dairy cows, goats, and sheep on a 100% grass-based diet. Their American guinea hogs and chickens eat only local, non-GMO corn and forage. Vegetables and medicinal herbs are grown using organic methods, never using chemicals. 

While we were there, Allen was in the midst of constructing a new building on the farm for their new apothecary/holistic herbal education center, which will allow them to offer classes and apprenticeships in the upcoming years.  Their farm is home to Monarch Apothecary and Milk Weed Soaps, which offers soaps and herbal products to the community.

The LGG will be greeting folks as they arrive at the farm, with a refreshing local farm beverage for everyone. There will also be wine available later in the evening from LGG Members Oliver Winery. Come say hello and see what we’re up to!  The Farm Tour is a wonderful way to connect with other local food eaters and the hard working farmers who provide for our community.  We’ll be partaking in an amazing local dinner too.  Check out the menu below!

BEVERAGES
Beer from Function Brewing and Wine from Oliver Winery

APPETIZER
Beet Mousse

SIDES
Creamy local potato salad w/ fennel and herbs in a creme fraiche dressing

North Carolina style vinegar-dressed Coleslaw

Spicy Szechuan Marinated Carrot Ribbons & Green Beans

Mixed Vegetable Crudite with Basil Goat Cheese Dressing

ENTREES
Harvest Salad – Wheatberries, Chickpeas, Mixed Greens, and Berries in a Blueberry-Chile Dressing (Vegan). Optional additions of Feta and Marinated, Grilled Chicken.

Ratatouille Sliders – Tomato, Herb, and Garlic Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, and Red Onion on a Challah Bun with Basil Pesto and No Coast Mozzarella.

Korean style lettuce wraps w/ marinated/grilled beef, cucumber kimchi, and green onions
Mini bratwursts on BBC Challah buns w/ bread & butter watermelon rind relish and horseradish mustard on the side

DESSERT
Majarete with Cherry Tomato Compote

Coffee Stout beer float w/ homemade vanilla ice cream

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