Local Food Bloomington

Local Food Bloomington is a place for conversation about local food in the Bloomington, Indiana area. Topics may include anything from Farmer's Markets, local orchards, community gardens, community food resources, Slow Food, Heirloom Gardens and gardeners, organic foods, wildcrafted foods, food preservation, organic gardening, etc. http://www.greendove.net/localfood.htm

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patricia's Wellness Cafe is Moving!

Question is, where is Bloomingtons only locally produced artisan tea blend going to land?

People keep asking that question for a number of reasons,one being that this is a small artisan business that had the intention of sourcing ingredients from this self proclaimed "foodie" town.  Some are wondering if this business is going the way of other small businesses in the area.

Readers will be informed when we know the answers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Link Between Food and Breastfeed Babies Health

 This is a great article I discovered on the Food Day site.  Hope you find it useful and share with lots of new moms!

I will be sharing pictures from our wonderful Earth Day meal very soon!




Health: A Nursing Mom’s Path to Discovery

My amazing daughter, Cayenne, was born the summer of 2011 at 2:56 AM, with her eyes open and ready to take in the world. She latched on to my breast right away and we quickly became nursing partners. The problem was that except during nursing, my daughter spent most of her waking hours crying.
At first I thought, “crying is just what babies do.” That’s what I’d seen on TV. But after Cayenne had been crying nearly non-stop for several weeks, it hit me that something must be wrong.
My first thought: Cayenne’s not getting enough milk. So, I went to see an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Counselor who assured me that Cayenne was getting enough milk. I didn’t know what was wrong with my child and things continued to get worse.
Skin irritations popped up on Cayenne’s belly, bottom, and face. She scratched these bumps continuously. I immediately changed her soap and lotion. And, perhaps scariest of all, I was having trouble producing enough milk. At the end of my rope, I finally called my Naturopath friend, Norman. He instantly blurted, “it’s something you are eating.”       Click To Read Article.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


In a few hours a small group of friends will gather in Patricia's Wellness Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas, to share an Earth Dinner.  Each person has been asked to bring a dish containing at least one food ingredient from our local community and be willing to share something about the food.  During the evening, we plan on sharing thoughts about local food, and how we see our selves supporting local food today and any ideas for future involvement.

I've prepared a soup featuring O'Henry Sweet Potatoes, an heirloom grown by Sun Circle Farm and purchased at the local coop.  To accompany this, I have roasted garlic stuffed muffins made using a variety of organic grains, including local Agape cornmeal; flours of barley, brown rice and whole wheat pastry.  The garlic came from my friend Glenda's garden in Owen county.  I picked up commercial gmo-free corn chips for the Everything Dip made using plain yogurt and my locally made certified organic Quilter's Comfort L.A.O. EVERYTHING Plus Popcorn seasoning to make a delicious dip everyone loves!  I will also be serving Quilter's Comfort's Gingery Mint (other teas will be available as requested) and a wine from the Butler Vineyard.

Where ever you are, thank you for reading and have a great Earth Day everyday!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Cooking Class in Japanese Zen Temple, Bloomington, Indiana

I have had the extreme pleasure of eating food prepared by Yuko and know that she is very passionate about cooking and food as a delicious art!



Cooking class at a Japanese Zen Temple
in Bloomington Indiana.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Food News Updated

A new issue of Food News is now live!  Since it is spring the focus is on seeds and their importance to sustainable communities.  I appreciate all who are out there supporting and promoting real food that can be accessible and maintained by any gardener or farmer.

~In this issue we offer Shout Outs to some small businesses and some really large organizations and mention a few things that seem to pop up regularly in conversations
~We look at what is happening to the Family Farm and the real cost of big agriculture as we know it
~Chemicals in the water, cost to our land and children
~Urban Agriculture
~Green Schools
~Why Say No to GMO and Ask for labeling
~Seafood update
And more

Thank you for your interest and may you plant some open-pollinated seeds.  And may you hold onto good gardening and husbandry practices.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Good Food Festival and Conference


If you have the opportunity to attend this festival, it promises to be amazing and informative. 

March 13-15 at UIC ForumThe Good Food Festival and Conference celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary with a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, DIY workshops, chef demos featuring Rick Bayless, an interactive Kids Corner, and the trade show floor, all designed to grow the Good Food Movement!

Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

 Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

  Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

  Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

  Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

Catch our Good Food Master Class with author Michael Ruhlman and chef Brian Polcyn. Learn to make your own bar infusions and bitters; get a start on home brewing; gather gardening advice and seeds, or take the Urban Farm Bus Tour to see the city’s innovative urban agriculture in action. Bring the kids for lots of tasty samples on the trade show floor and food-related activities in the Kids Corner. Sit down for lunch in the Good Food Court and cruise the Good Food Commons for micro-workshops on everything from backyard chickens to composting tips. It’s a fun, Good Food day for the whole family!

 Photo by Amanda Areias for Good Food Festival

The Localicious Party Friday evening pairs Chicago’s premier chefs who value local food sourcing with farmers for an evening of delicious food and drink and a live Bluegrass band!

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Healthy Japanese Sushi" Class

*Sunday, Sept. 22, 2-5pm—“Healthy Japanese Sushi” Class

Come join Pei and Yuko to experience this festive, cultural food fair that mingles fun, taste, and visual sensation! In this much-requested class, we’ll make at least two kinds of Japanese sushi rolls (“maki”) using primarily seasonal, whole food ingredients. Various ways of presenting and enjoying sushi, in addition to “maki” style, will be also prepared and demonstrated if time permitted. A great way to expand your sushi experience while having fun and learning various hands-on techniques.

Yuko Omukara, a former cooking instructor at Bloomington Cooking School, will be the co-instructor for the class. Yuko is an expert in Macrobiotic cooking and temple cuisine Shojin Ryori, a vegan, spiritual, and culinary art form in Japanese cuisine. (Register by Friday, Sept 20.)
The space is limited to 10 people and expected to be filled quickly. Please sigh up ASAP. Hope I'll see some of you in my kitchen.


Fee: $40

Pei from the East-meets-West Kitchen
Peilin Chiu peichiu@hotmail.com