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Harvest Dinner Tickets on Sale, Menu Update!

In our newest LGG video, Bob Adkins from The Rail and LGG grower Salem Willard, from Bread & Roses Gardens, invite the community to attend the LGG’s Harvest Dinner on October 24th at Upland Brewery. They discuss participating in our local seasonal food community, the health benefits of local food, and the relationships between farmers/gardeners, chefs, cooks, and eaters.

The Harvest Dinner includes a sumptuous five-course meal, with ingredients donated from local farms and beautifully prepared by local chefs. With this benefit, the Local Growers’ Guild strengthens community bonds by bringing together many parts of our local food system – growers, chefs, and of course, hungry community members. Not only will the five courses consist of an appetizer, salad, soup, entrée and dessert, but also specially chosen beer and wine pairings for each plate, from Bloomington’s Upland Brewery and Oliver Winery.  Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner starts at 6pm. Our chefs and menu for the night includes:

Kale Pesto Pork Rillette from Thomas Dempsey, The Pine Room

Spiced Butternut Squash & Roasted Apple Soup, Jake Fehrenbach, Upland Brewery

Chili and Brown Sugar Roasted WE farm Chicken, Cheddar Fingerling and Yukon Potatoes, and Baked Apples, Bob Adkins, The Rail

Mixed Greens Salad With Roasted Beets and Blue Cheese Crouton, dressed with a Green Vinaigrette, Dan Borders, Bloomingfoods Market & Deli

Pumpkin bread pudding with a Teddy Bear Kisses chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, Sasha Divine, No Coast Reserve (yet to be opened restaurant on the east side!)

Thanks to Upland Brewery, Oliver Winery, KRC Catering,St.Thomas Church, and our local chefs and growers for their support!

Eaters may buy tickets online below or at your neighborhood Blooomingfoods store.

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Thank You!

We had a beautiful day for Bike to Barns this past Sunday.  Our riders had big smiles when they returned and had a lot of praise ourRenaissance Farm farmers and their work with the land.  A big thanks goes out to all of our growers who took time out of a weather-friendly work day to take our participants on tours of their farms and talk about their growing practices.   We accomplished our goal of introducing our bike riders to Guild members with an event that both celebrates and supports efforts to grow a sustainable local food system.  The Local Growers’ Guild promotes practices that preserve and protect the earth through our workshops, resources, and one on one meetings with growers wishing to diversify their operations.  Proceeds from Bike to Barns will help us reach out to more growers and young farmers to continue these activities.  To learn more about the LGG, browse our website, or contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

As a first time event, we appreciate the support from local businesses and organizations and value their commitment to local food initiatives. Please thank them for their sponsorship of Bike to Barns!

Bloomington Bicycle Club
Oliver Winery
Bloomington Community Orchard
IU Office of Sustainability
Farm Bloomington
Nick’s English Hut
Upland Brewery
The Clay Studio
Bloomington Playwright’s Project
Vibe Yoga
Tom Zeta, Logo Design


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Registration Open for Bike to Barns!



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January 17, 2013

Local Growers’ Guild Presents Bike to Barns!

The Local Growers’ Guild is hosting Indiana’s first annual Bike to Barns event on Sunday, June 9th. Bike to Barns invites cyclists of all ages and skill levels to bike to farms in Monroe, Owen, and Brown counties during this day-long event. Funds raised will support the Local Growers’ Guild, a cooperative of farmers, retailers, and community members dedicated to strengthening the local food economy in southern Indiana through education, direct support, and market connections.

The ride will start at Binford/Rogers School at 9am.  Check-in opens at 8:15am and riders will be released in waves. Riders can choose from three different routes, a 6 mile “Urban Fruit Route” in the City of Bloomington, a 35 mile “Seed Route” through Brown County, and a 70 mile “Root Route” in Monroe and parts of Owen County.  Participants will meet the growers, have a chance to ask questions about their sustainable farming practices, hang out with farm animals, and learn about local food sources that Southern Indiana has to offer.

Registration is $50 for adults and $15 for children (13 and under).  With registration, all participants receive a free Bike to Barns event t-shirt and the option to purchase a bike jersey. Participants will raise pledges from family and friends to support the Local Growers Guild as well. All participants will benefit from discounts at Nick’s English Hut and Upland Brewing Company, and prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. A celebration party will be held after completion of the ride, with refreshments and entertainment.

To register or make a pledge for this event, view the routes, and learn more about the event, visit If you have any questions about the Bike to Barns event or the Local Growers’ Guild, please contact LGG Manager Megan Hutchison at Information about all Local Growers’ Guild activities can be found online at

We couldn’t have made this happen without our generous sponsors.   Please visit them and thank them for their support of the LGG!

Nick’s English Hut
Upland Brewing Company
Bloomingfoods Market & Deli
Farm Bloomington
Vibe Yoga
Cardinal Stage Company
Bloomington Playwright’s Project
The Comedy Attic
Bloomington Clay Studio
Nature’s Crossroads Seed Company
Revolution Bike and Bean
Sunny Branch Farm

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LGG Features Grower Members in Online Videos

LGG talking with WFHB about new videos!

The Local Growers’ Guild is pleased to announce the release of LGG On the Farm, a series of videos spotlighting grower members and their farming practices.  The videos were shot on-site at each farm and focus on a particular aspect of growing food or caring for livestock.  The videos provide useful information and resources for a new farmer, an experienced grower interested in expanding or diversifying their operation, or a community member with the desire to learn more about the ways that sustainable products are grown and raised in Indiana.

The end of each video includes contact information and ways to learn more about the grower and the work that they do.  The videos focus on diverse aspects of farm life, from animals to vegetables to flowers.  In one video, Farm Manager Candace Minster, at the White Violet Eco-Center discusses the advantages and technical aspects of seed saving, and in another, Larry Howard at Maple Valley Farm discusses the logic behind his decision to experiment with multispecies grazing.  Another set of growers give insight into the ins-and-outs of selling at a local farmers’ market.  Others explain their methods for seed-saving, bee-keeping, growing mushrooms, and extending the season. The growers featured in the videos hail from as far south as Jasper to as far north as St. Mary-of-the-Woods, providing an accurate representation of the Southern Indiana foodshed and the diversity of farming methods that can be employed here.

The videos can be found on the Local Growers’ Guild website,, where visitors to the site can also read the LGG blog, keep updated on upcoming Guild events and meetings, and download the Local Growers’ Guide, a comprehensive compilation of sustainable farming, gardening, and food-related resources.

The Local Growers’ Guild seeks to create a local food system that provides quality food to communities through direct markets and retailers, preserve the viability of family farms, improve the quality of life for growers, make food issues visible, and promote practices that preserve and protect the Earth.

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Upcoming Local Food Events!

We sure do have an exciting local foods community with all of the upcoming events on the calendar.  There’s something for everyone!

Are you interested in figuring out why your favorite plant turned an odd color?  Visit the Monroe County Extension open house and learn about all their resources for growers and gardeners.

Is sauerkraut, kombucha, and raw milk in your house?  Maybe you want to stop by the Weston A. Price Potluck this week and exchange cultures and ideas on traditional foods.

Are you interested in seeing more small sustainable farms in Monroe County?  Local government is interested in learning how their planning and zoning rules can be inclusive to home-based sustainable farm businesses.

If you’re more of an educator, but still a foodie, the Bloomington Food Policy Council Education Committee is looking for new members and ideas on spreading the local food message.

Just in time for the flu season, the LGG is hosting their next potluck on growing and using medicinal plants.  Traditional medicine can be expensive and tends to just treat symptoms.  Bring a dish and join the conversation on widely used medicinal plants that you can grow yourself or find from a local grower.

See our events calendar on the right hand side to learn more about these and other events!



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