Friday, February 25, 2022

Garden Season Spring 2022

Local Food News – Spring 2022


-*Sustainability is a political choice, not a technical one. It’s not a question of whether we can be sustainable, but whether we choose to be” By Gary Lawrence

-*“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” By Carl Sagan

-*-“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” By Stewart Udall


FOOD WORD Chit – to chit your potatoes comes from the EU and means to set out potatoes in a warm place to sprout and fatten the eyes (rather than have them grow leggy (my experience) before planting.



-Indiana Bee School XX – Feb. 26,2022 - Beekeepers of Indiana Tomorrow


-Almanac’s Planting Calendar

-Organic Seed Production course set for March 20th, 2022

-Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar

The Almanac has a great list for when to start seeds, when to transplant and when to directly sow seeds.

-Planting Calendar -

Vegetable Gardening Information - Indiana Vegetable Planting CalendarVegetable Gardening Information



 Spring!!! May it bring lots of clarity, healing and gardens of abundance!

The last few years, I have been finding a new way for me to garden. I appreciate the Seminole Squash and kale growing that has been done on my behalf! Into to the yard garden, I planted a Yacon, Earth Apple after having it circle my awareness for decades. Each time I read about it, it called to mind those living with diabetes, and more recently my attempts at creating accessible sweets with coconut sugar and agave. Although it did not produce any little sunflower like flowers (I think because it was planted so late in the season), I was able to harvest and save the plants through the winter! This year, I plan to grow many of them in containers. I’ll see how that goes.

The bulk of my gardening has been done in containers. Last year, I tested out a few very old seeds and to my amazed joy, ended up growing out a container of the beautiful Whippoorwill Peas! I also grew and saved a few other heirloom beans; started Black Hollyhocks, grew a long living kale, strawberries, a few herbs and flowers for a variety of uses including tea, seasonings and botanical dye.


whippoorwill peas 

These peas came to america along with enslaved african peoples.   this Pre-1700s heirloom variety is drought-tolerant and will grow in almost all soils. 5 ft. vines produce extended harvests of 7-9 in. green pods. These Small seeds are light brown with dark speckles.


I am waiting to see how the kale made it through the winter out in the unheated greenhouse. The Resina Calendula self-seeded so well, I potted up the seedlings and covered them with bubble wrap and placed on a top shelf inside of the greenhouse near a potted tier of strawberries, also with the bubble wrap tent around it. The plants seem to be alive and the strawberries had ripe fruit on the plants into December!

Container garden season has continues through the winter with my choosing to focus on my houseplants as pets. Oh my! So much cleaning to prepare for recovery after my benign neglect! I have had to learn so much, sometimes , it was beginning with plant identification, because after twenty to thirty and more years, who knew where the original name tags were.

With the houseplants, food for my spirit and recent seasons of explorations into container gardening, I am learning and having a few detour food adventures that have led me into what I hope is not a food rabbit hole; Dragon Fruit! I love the Hylocereus Megalanthus, Yellow Dragon Fruit for eating and the amazing color of the red fruits. Many people really enjoy the fragrant quality of the red. I have become a Dragon Fruit Mama!

It is spring, a time to begin again. May we begin with love and appreciation for our earth mother and grow something, offer care to some aspect of our natural home and if possible, save a seed or two.


I am saddened when I recall the seed varieties being saved and available in the seventies and eighties and see fewer of them in the seed catalogs. Foods, seed varieties available a hundred years past have fallen out of memory and have not been maintained in our seed repositories.

What are the best plants to grown in our gardens? The best plants will always be heirlooms; heirlooms are plants that have stood the test of time in relationship to our bioregion and grown in the region. This may become even more important as climates shift with global warming.

When purchasing seeds, go with open pollinated heirloom varieties because these seeds are our genetic seed heritage, and organic when possible, because less damage to our environment occurs with organic and biodynamic gardening systems.

I am uplifted and hopeful because of the work of preservation taken on by individuals in all places of our earth!


If this country is to survive, the best-fed-nation myth had better be recognized for what it is: propaganda designed to produce wealth but not health” ~ Adelle Davis



Summer Savory Seedlings

What are cool-season vegetables?

They are plants perfect for springtime weather. They can withstand light frosts and nighttime temperatures above 40 degrees, but hot temperatures (above 80 degrees) will cause them to go to seed and taste bitter.

Plant cool-season crops two to four weeks before the last frost; around May 15 in the north and April 23 in the south.  It is a great time to also begin your herbs.

You may plant radishes, lettuces, spinach, beets and any kind of peas and carrots from seed simply by reading the package directions. For broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and onions, just buy plants to pop in the ground. Other green veggies to try include parsnips, turnips, Swiss chard, kale and collards.


-Living Roots Farm and Organic Farm School

-Places to visit in Indiana -

-Indiana Organic Gardeners Association

-Indiana Grown -


Wylie House Museum to lead Indiana Heirloom Seed Savers Showcase and Exchange March 5, 2022


Wylie House Seed Show Case and Exchange 


In 2021, the Wylie House Museum was caretaking a variety of herbs and flowers – the list is here:


Yacon in the fall

QUESTION – What is a Yacon? 

Yacon root looks like a sweet potato, but it has a completely different taste, texture, and nutrient profile. This tuber has a creamy white-yellow color and a uniquely refreshing taste that's similar to apple, watermelon, and celery combined. Unlike a sweet potato, yacon is often eaten raw and contains no starch.

Yacon root, or Smallanthus sonchifolius, comes from the Andean mountains of South America, growing as far north as Colombia and as far south as Argentina. Yacon is sometimes called strawberry jicama as the two root vegetables are similar. Other common names for yacon are Peruvian ground apple, poire de terre, yacon strawberry, and Bolivian sunroot.



 ~Seed Savers Alliance

~Indiana Organic Gardener’s Association

-Check out the Seed Savers Exchange for great resources - and seek our certified organic open pollinated seed sources.

Saving Heirloom Seeds Can Protect Crop Diversity

By Helen Anne Curry, The Conversation

Beyond seed banks, saving seeds and cultivating local varieties may help feed us in our climate-changed future—and preserve them for future generations.



-Ark of Taste in the USA

Since 1996, more than 3,500 products from over 150 countries have been added to the International Ark of Taste. Over 200 of these foods are from the USA, and we are always seeking more edible treasures to include.


-Brown County Seed Project


-Heirloom SEED SWAP – JANUARY 28th, 2023


Perhaps there will be more Seed Swaps to list!



~We lose a vital resource with every heirloom that goes extinct and threaten our food supply. Heirloom vegetables are vital to our future and yet they have been disappearing by the hundreds since the USDA’s catalog of foods in the early 1900’s.


-List of 12 Common Foods that May Become Extinct Due to Climate Change

~Are we eating ourselves to extinction?


~Titanium Dioxide Ban from foods in EU

Prof Maged Younes, Chair of EFSA’s expert Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings (FAF), said: “Taking into account all available scientific studies and data, the Panel concluded that titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe as a food additive. A critical element in reaching this conclusion is that we could not exclude genotoxicity concerns after consumption of titanium dioxide particles. After oral ingestion, the absorption of titanium dioxide particles is low, however they can accumulate in the body”.

Further information - Titanium dioxide ban comes into force, companies have six months to adjust

~Roundup Cancer Lawsuit - Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit

Monsanto Roundup weed killer is supposed to kill weeds but instead it could be causing cancer and killing people

On Thursday, February 24 2022 at 10:00 AM there will be a hearing about Roundup Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 02741 with The honorable judge Vince Chhabria (Applegate v. Bayer AG, Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings).

Investors are demanding nearly $2.5 billion from Bayer AG in a potential German class-action lawsuit over Bayer’s $63 billion acquisition of U.S. company Monsanto. The investors claim that Bayer deceived them about the risks of pending U.S. consumer lawsuits related to Monsanto’s infamous Roundup weed-killer.


~Community Resources


-Food Pantries Bloomington, Indiana Area

-Peoples Market – Bloomington


-Bloomington Community Orchard

-Bloomington Community Gardens

Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” By Carl Sagan

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Local Food Update and Going Forward


It’s really weird how things happen. Sometime after the previous posting, I was locked out of my Blogger. I thought I would never get in; I’d reached a point where I could only hope that Blogger would eventually delete the blog. Finally, after not attempting sign in for many weeks, I decided to go at it once again, and yes, I am here because I was able to finally receive that G-code. I didn’t want the previous posting to be the last thing published to this Local Food blog. 

This post is sort of about food, but of the kind of food that supports the spirit and mental well being of community. 

I begin again. Kroger – the problem being attributed to the technological malfunctioning. Specific questions I posed to the representative employee were responded to by referring me to their corporate statement. It took a while before I could enter any of their stores again; and I seek to never be in store alone, and my exit is slow to make sure that the “machines” have okayed my purchase. May my experience, and Kroger’s offering results and understandings, be experienced through all Kroger management connections. May all the minds and hearts involved be open to healing and healed. 

What a shit storm we are currently living through as our nation goes through a world pandemic and an important social and political recconing! I have always, yes, always believed that we (holding to our national principles) could face our misrepresented past with truth and integrity and not fall prey to the bulley pulpet and adopt true national history atrocities. I never on my worst days imagined that I would live to see persons who say they are for the US move forth an insurrection; and that even as I write this some who do not show support of our democratic principles are attempting to rewrite the story. Perhaps Alzheimers or fear has taken hold on these politicians, and they have forgotten oaths taken to stand for the people, and pledges made to their constituents and the nation, and now with clay feet can set aside truth, honor and justice to censure truth speakers. 

Our nations tattered past story is being outed and presented for the cast system it is. I recall asking a history teacher back in the sixties what the difference was between India’s cast system and the legislated systemic system in the US. They looked the same to me. I was told that I did not understand. Even then, I knew that it was she who did not understand. 

We, the people, have the opportunity to “do the work” to cleanse our nations palate and heal the dishonest and dishonerable past foundation story and replace it with truth. We have the stregnth necessary to do the tough inner and outer work for our national healing. Not an easy task in any way, yet essential that we reach for it. 

I think that the majority of people want a unified country and are willing to explore ways to heal and make this happen. Many understand that supression of others and is not an allowable option. Many realzie how much of their self has to be reduced (is shamed) to hold another down because when someone supresses another because of unconscious or conscious entitlement, they, the surpressor is holding themselves right down there too. 

It is time to let go of the shameful past story and actively reach for what I imagine most want; abundance of joy, love, kindness, health, home, community of wellbeing, regeneration and uplift for every home and on every plate in the kitchen. What a melting pot of a smorgasboard of resources we have to feast upon! 

It is clear that we as a nation, and planet are up against the wall and the “bozo’s”. The real vampires are coming out of closets ready to strike at any who threaten the green blood supply. Either we will love ourselves, love our children and theirs yet to come, love our country and our planet home enough to put our collective energies toward the care and necessary shift work to move this country forward and long term, so that we can continue as the human race. 

Those who cultivate division do so as a necessary distraction and thankfully, more people seem to recognize current actions targeting voting access as acts of desperation; attempts to limit the voice of the people. Acts of fear. Limiting the voice of the people by representatives who are supposed to be representing all constituents is, from my view a relinquishing of sworn national responsibilities so that unsustainable ideas and institutions can continue grasping to ideas that are infertile seeds. 

 Our nation stood against the cast system of India and the segregation within South Africa and continue to wage wars all over the globe in the name of democratic principles (and resources). I have watched, I have listened, and I have questioned and asked through more than half a century of decades, when will the same efforts for justice and equality be taken by the US government to secure the rights of American citizens whether Indigeneous, stollen into slavery or imigrant? Silence regarding unequal treatment is never an option. We as a nation have a great opportunity to love forward. 

Our energies can go toward connecting, healing, stregnthening and rejuvination. I think that most people are ready to balance and heal the collective spirit of this nation because many still hold to an American Dream. Our nations principles are held as an ideal to work toward. I hope that we understand that a shadow will remain across our country as long as we do not not look honestly at our historical past and actively allow the nation’s healing to begin. 

New humanstory books are being written to offer a truthful and inclusive American foundation and development story. Someday, sooner than later, I hope that America will get over fear of its real back story; that we as a nation can move forward with the real American her/history in the hands of all of our students. We are more together. Together, we human beings, have a potential beyond extinction; we have the potential for regeneration and the creation of an amazing country fruited by our collective efforts. 

There is much work to be done. Let’s make steaming piles of compost out of fear, deception, ignorance and hate. Feed a love that nurtures heart, mind, body, family, community, country, planet; there is much love; yes there is love in action here in America, and upon the earth. Our survival as a species depends on our being a loving kind, the health of our nation depends on us growing up, growing together, and becoming a regenerative loving kind. 

End Note: 63 Suffragists of Color Quilt, a commemorative quilt made in celebration of suffragist was recently on exhibit in the Grunwald Gallery in the Eskanazi Museum with a Voters Timeline for People of Color. You can read a little about the quilt here. 



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Friday, June 19, 2020

Thumbs Down To East Side Kroger

Patricia C. Coleman
Local Food Fairy


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Make Your Own Yeast - Making a Sourdough Starter


I really wanted to participate in a COUNCIL OF ALL BEINGS to celebrate today. Alas that may have to wait until I am in the Turtle Dome.
Today, I thinking of Lucille Bertuccio, a founder of the Center for Sustainable Living and the ceremonies we faciliated together and the training classes I presented to the IU graduates during Environmental Education in the Ourdoors classes at Hilltop. Local Food was a project of the CSL during that time. If you don't know about the Council of All Beings, check out the Book "Thinking Like a Mountain - Toward a Council of All Beings" by Joanna Macy and John Seed. I hope to have the opportunity to facilitate this ritual to a future generation of Council Presenters.

Why this video?
Many communities are experiencing an absence of yeast. There are lots of great detailed videos out there. This is to share how easy it is to develop your own sourdough starter. You will need a lot more patience as there is a lot of rising time to get the elevation many are used to. Don't expect the same rise in whole grain bakes because they will be delicious, but always a bit denser because they contain more nutrients than white flours.

I have pictures of some bakes on Instagram -

Click for Baking Resources and free classes -

BAKING TIP - I FIND THAT WARMING ANY LEFT OVER WHOLE GRAIN BAKES MAKES THEM LIKE FRESH OUT OF THE OVEN. Even though I am reducing most recipes by a third, I still end up putting bakes into the freezer. I portion them (cut) before storing and have "like" fresh always. These don't stay in the freezer for more than a few weeks, because I am regularly baking and switching up things.



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@localfoodbloomington #localfood #localfoodbloomington #yeast #sourdough #baking #councilofallbeings #earthday2020

Thursday, April 09, 2020

FREE Baking Education Classes and Resources


I hope that you and yours are well and handling self-isolation well.

This amazing man/chef Jose Andres On Why Food is a National Security Issue



Baking education resources from Local Food Bloomington's Baking/Bakery page. 

I/Local Food am still here.  It seems really ironic that Local Food/Green Dove went offline at a time when local food as a resource  has become extreamly important.  Folks will have to turn now to the farmers and gardeners who have been working steadily to  bring local foods to communities.  Many are waking up to the idea that local food security is a real issue and that this basic need is threatened in a way only imagined in science fiction.  Speaking of sci-fi, I have been asked if this virus is a possible result of the chemical soup of gmo agri-business or who knows what.  I only know that we are here at this crossroads, and that many have become or are becoming really aware of what foods are important to them and how they regularly access those foods. 

Many have turned, (using store shelves as as my basis) to traditional staples of dried fruits, nuts, grains, legumes, seeds, oils, pastas, canned goods; simple foods of high nutritional value that can be easily stored for periods of time and useful in a variety of cooking styles. 

I am grateful to every food store that is open.  I wish for everyone to be safe.  Wear a mask when out in the world even if you don't believe it necessary because it may save your or another person's life.  I do not like wearing the mast, but when I need to shop, I wear one.  Do this little thing that seems to have a huge impact.

Though not food, I am wondering why the building trades in my town are still working?  I could see if they were rushing to get homes for the needy citizens, but that is not the case.     



Saturday, February 29, 2020

Looking for Local Food and Green Dove?

Looking for Local Food Bloomington and maybe Green Dove? 

                                                (spring is almost here!  Soon violets!)

 When things are all sorted out, we (meaning me, has) have a new address!  Local Food Information -  My food post will focus more on the home table. 

I am not sure if I will bring Green Dove back.  I don't have the heart or the energy. 

I will be posting here as a check in for Local Food as it becomes Local Food Information.  

I am setting up interviews with people on the Wellness Arts - CREATIVELY BEING Chanel, and there will be a mixture of creative interest and definitely, there will be  food and art and I hope song and laughter and good story! 

Recipes, including the Persimmon Biscuit recipe be up with the rest of Local Food Bloomington website.  In time, if I do anything, all the resource information will shift to Local Food Information.  

Though not recipes, you can see my food.  I welcome your questions.

I hope to get the Local Food pages up on the Local Food Information website as soon as I get the ftp sorted out.

Thanks for reading.



Sunday, June 02, 2019

Local Food on Instagram

I have been going back and forth, and around about my food presence in life and on the web. Local Food, for reasons of wellness, must change. I admit that I do resist, because I fear stepping too far away from the public pathways; not because I will be forgotten, but because it would be lonely for me. Because of my interest, I am alone much, and I love being around people and miss opportunities to do so because of this disorder. 

So, I am finding my way toward integrating Quilter's Comfort with Local Food into one presence so that I reduce the outflow of my energies.  When all is said and done, they may have a new name.  I don't know.  Quilter's Comfort is shifting focus, and that seems to be moving me toward making the business wholesale and favors only; or something else.  I do not have the ability to rush, so ideas will wait, and I will see how and what gets baked.  

My goals, out of necessity have changed, and one thing for sure is that they must come together or fall away.

Here are a few other examples of food posted to @localfoodbloomington.

Sometimes, I end up posting food  images to my art/life page @patriciaccolemanart on Instagram. 

In this letting go for wellness  is the need for what I refer to as my dome home (an environmental build). Want to know more about Turtle Dome, go to Aircrete Builds.  

I have always been a giver.  I love and appreciate many things!  Asking for help for myself, particularly when in a health crisis, is very challenging.  

Asking for assistance is another type of journey I am learning to take. 

I need your help, if you are able to help, please do.

I will appreciate any support toward my goal!  Thank you now for being here!

Thanks for reading and looking at my food!

Good Food to you!