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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

Letter from the President…

Greetings!  We are all deeply enthralled in the growing season, and for most of us, are likely asking ourselves, ‘why again is it that we do this?’  The Indiana humidity makes our labors that much more difficult; spotty rains often pass us by, and the days are never long enough to get everything done.  However, when our customers delight in our produce and our root cellars and freezers fill with the fruits of our labor, we are quickly reminded that our way of life, though hard, is about a deep belief in the greater good and the preservation of our environment for generations to come.  Simply stated, we believe in what we do – it is a passion and a conviction.

One of the greatest assets of our Guild is bringing together like-minded individuals.  The camaraderie of our members is invaluable.  It is much better to benefit from the lessons learned by others than to experience them all ourselves.  Farmers, in general, are an innovative group.  It’s not always the mistakes of others we can learn from, but also their solutions to problems can often be simple, but ingenious.

As we venture to market and are selling to our neighbors, remember to ask others to join us in our cause – become a member.  Many exciting things lie ahead for Guild members in the coming year.  We are making changes to our member benefits to ensure it’s both a common sense and financially sound decision to join for grower/producers, community members and the business sector as well.  More so, we want to make sure it makes NO sense (common or financial) NOT to join.

Be careful when out in the fields – safety should be priority one.  And, when you venture to market to purchase our products, remember what goes into growing them.  Locally-grown, chemical-free food really can’t be beat!

Be safe, and may it be a prosperous growing season,

Cheryl Carter Jones

Tickets on Sale for Barn Dance!

Our online store for tickets is closed, but you may purchase tickets at the door.

Come out and join the Local Growers’ Guild (LGG) for an old-fashioned evening of music and dancing as they present their first Barn Dance fundraising event. Held in The Clubhouse at the Fields (1333 Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, IN) from 6-9pm on April 12, 2014, the affair offers live music, silent and live fundraising auctions, appetizers and a cash bar for a fun-filled evening of pleasure for the entire family.  The night will feature the White Lightning Boys, a bluegrass band from Brown County.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for those 4-12 years old; children age 3 and under are free.

Our online store for tickets is closed, but you may purchase tickets at the door.

The barn dance will support the LGG’s efforts to support and educate new and experienced local farmers, and promote local healthful food.

Folks who buy tickets online will be on the list a the door.

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting the local food system and the work of the Local Growers’ Guild.  Click on their logos below to learn more about them.

     

 

Season Extension Field Day!

March 30th, 1pm
Full Hand Farm
3844 SR 13 N., Noblesville, IN 46060

LGG Members Full Hand Farm will host the next potluck and Field Day.  We’ll be discussing season extension, with high tunnels, field techniques, and transplanting!  Details forthcoming in the March newsletter and on Facebook.

Have questions about season extension and transplanting that you’d like our hosts and the LGG to cover at the field day?  Send your questions to localgrowers@localgrowers.org.

Submit your order for farm supplies, cover crops, and amendments!

The LGG Bulk Order Program for farm/garden supplies, cover crops, and amendments is open to gardeners, farmers, and community organizations…members and non-members alike. Non-members are assessed a $10 fee or can join the LGG before they order. Participants have reduced costs between 5%-15% each year we’ve offered the program. The last day to order is February 23rd.

View the Bulk Order Form (For viewing and printing only)

Submit your order: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lggbulkorder

Farm Supplies from Nolt’s Produce: View Catalog
By request, the LGG is including farm supplies, like seed trays and row cover, from Nolt’s Produce. If there is something that you would like to order from their catalog, and we haven’t included the item in the order form, contact localgrowers@localgrowers.org. In addition, if there is a case of a supply that you would like to split with someone (and you haven’t planned a split with someone you know), include a comment at the end of your order form with the item number and cost, and we will send out an email to you and anyone else interested in splitting the same item. We can only provide this service for Nolt’s Produce supplies.

Cover Crops through Jerald Rhodes (Rhodes Family Farm):View Cover Crops
We are offering both non-GMO conventional cover crops and organic cover crops. This year we have included an option to purchase smaller 25lb. bags for most seeds.

Amendments from Ohio Earth Food: View Catalog

Payment and Coordination Charge
The Local Growers’ Guild will email you an invoice after our order form closes on Feb. 20th. The invoice will include your order total, shipping charges (proportional to your total shipping weight), and 10% coordination charge . Non-members will also be charged $10. Sorry we’re unable to gauge what the discounts will be until all of the orders are placed. Payment must be made before we place your order.

Pickup
Orders will be available for pickup at the beginning of March to mid-March. Once our order form closes, we will send out further information regarding our pickup location in Monroe County.

View the Bulk Order Form (For viewing and printing only)

Submit your order: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lggbulkorder

The last day to order is February 23rd.
Spring 2014 Early Bird Fruit and Berry Discounts

We have been asked if we offer a bulk order program for trees and shrubs. While we do not offer this service, one our LGG Members, Bread & Roses Nursery is taking orders now, and at good prices too! See below for more information.

Bread & Roses Nursery is now taking orders for a spring bulk fruit tree and berry order. They are offering bare-root and potted fruit trees and berries. This a great way to get select cultivars at an affordable price! Starting in Fall 2014, Bread & Roses will have their own locally grafted and grown fruit trees to offer. Until then they are providing this service. All fruits and berries will sourced from trusted growers and have been selected as the best cultivars for our region. The deadline for orders is February 22nd. For more information about the order please check out the link below.

http://breadandrosesnursery.com/plants/early-bird-discounts/