We're Making Some Improvements!

under-constructionThe Bloomingfoods website is undergoing some big changes over the next few weeks! Most of the information you know and love is still here, but we are hard at work with Bloomington's own Blueline Media Productions to give you a whole new look and feel, while adding some exciting new features. Thank you for your patience!

Elm Heights Coffee Bar News

This month we'd like to highlight that Third Place Coffee Bar, located in the lovely mezzanine of our Elm Heights store, has recently experienced a menu update . We've added three flavors of frozen blended drinks to the menu for those who want an icy fix. There's a brand new Bloomingfoods Chai flavor made from our special blend of tea and spice, Mocha made with Ghirardelli dark chocolate sauce and espresso from Brown County Coffee Roasters, and a simple Coffee flavor made with espresso and a touch of simple syrup made from cane sugar. These are made from scratch not a powdered mix and go great with whipped cream on top.

We're still offering our delicious cold-brewed coffee over ice: made with a custom blend roasted by Partridge & Quigley (Whole beans sold at our Near Westside, East, and Elm Heights Stores).  Look for our cold-brew at the Farmer's Market on Saturday, and soon our Kirkwood store will be serving it as well.

For our espresso and drip-brewed coffee we feature Brown County Coffee whose delicious espresso blend and single origin offerings are the backbone of our menu. For our decaffeinated espresso we feature Rex Coffee Roasting from Terre Haute and we're also offering some premium, single-origin beans as a manual brew.

To accompany your beverage of choice we have the indulgent tarts from Pie First Bakery, locally hand-made from local and regional ingredients. We have something for everyone, with tarts made with gluten-free and vegan ingredients available as well. Different flavors arrive each week, including everything from rhubarb and raspberry to mango and ginger, blackberry with streusel, or roasted apple.

Finally, our summer hours have changed. We're now open 7:-00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mon-Sat, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sun. Come in and see us! We'll be expecting you.

Webb Lucas, Barista


IU Credit Union ATM

Our Near West Side store now has an IU Credit Union ATM! Find it in the back hallway, near the restrooms. Now, the next time you've forgotten cash on your way to the Farmers' Market, just stop in our store! Many thanks to our local credit union for making this possible! Learn more about them here: https://www.iucu.org/

Salmon, Herring, and Turkey

Salmon enthusiasts will be excited to learn that there are several new wild-caught salmon options available in the East Side meat department. First of all we are now offering Troller Point pink salmon filets. Pink salmon, typically found as a canned product, is a smaller fish possessing what is often described as a milder flavor than Coho or Sockeye. If you especially value the nutritional qualities of wild salmon but felt you couldn't afford it, pink salmon might be a solution. Its omega-3s and protein levels are comparable to those of the more popular Coho and Sockeye varieties, but it is significantly less expensive. It is available as whole side in the meat coffin freezer.

From the same company and for a limited time, we currently have 4-ounce flats of King salmon lachs for $9.99 per each. Troller Point decided to stop producing the product due to the rising cost of King salmon, so grab some at a bargain price before its gone forever! King salmon has more omega-3s than any other variety of salmon, and with only a few ingredients, it is my pick for the best lachs offered by Bloomingfoods.

For those who aren't privy to all the seafood secrets of Bloomingfoods (and as a reminder to those who are), we always have frozen filets of Coho salmon available by request. This is the same Coho that we cut, wrap, and stock in the refrigerated meat case. If you need more than a portion or two of salmon and want to reduce the amount of plastic and styrofoam used by the co-op, consider asking for a whole filet! Frozen salmon has a shelf life of 5 days after being thawed. Just ask for someone in meat or perishables, and we'll find a filet that's perfect for you.

Departing from the theme of salmon but remaining in the oceans, we're also trying a new product: salted, smoked herring (and when we say salty, we aren't kidding!) It is $9.99/lb and available in the seafood area of the fresh meat case.

Finally, if you're in the mood for turkey, we still have several whole, frozen birds leftover from Thanksgiving. To help clear them out, we are now offering them at 10% off. Turkeys are currently available at all locations. Your discount will be automatically applied when you check out.

Justin See, East Store Meat Buyer

January 2014 Garden Center News

the East store Garden Center has lots of products and services to meet your winter needs.  Be sure to check us out for:

√  Over 500 varieties of bulk and packet garden seed
√  Bird seed, feeders, and accessories
√  Sprouting seed and supplies, including citric acid in bulk
√  Hydroponics and indoor, tabletop Aerogarden  systems for growing herbs all year
√  House plants, flower pots, and very decorative Mexican pottery
√  Tools, including heirloom quality handmade in Linton by Dave Smith
√  Heat mats, starting trays, peat pots, humidity domes, grow lights
√  Organic pest controls for household and garden
√  Repellents and live traps
√  Potting soils and fertilizers, custom recommended based on soil testing done on site
√  Floating row cover and frost blanket, available by the foot
√  Expert advice from gardeners with decades of experience
√  Firewood

We are especially excited to be offering the row cover cut to whatever length you need for your raised bed, hoop house, or cold frame.  Online and mail-order, it comes only in 250 or 500 foot rolls for big bucks plus oversize shipping!  At B-foods, we’ll cut just the length you need. It comes in 6 and 12 foot widths, and in several weights. I use the medium weight (1.5 oz. per cubic yard)  and my cold frame is usually 10 degrees warmer than the outside air, keeping my kale, chard, mâche and claytonia happy.

It will soon be time to start your tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. We have all the supplies you’ll need to get an early start on this year’s outdoor garden.

How about growing a tray of micro-greens right now?  We have 4 kinds of kale, 4 of spinach, 4 of Swiss chard, 7 kinds of lettuce, and 9 varieties of radish all in bulk.

Whatever your gardening and bird feeding needs, be sure to check out your Bloomingfoods Garden Center for the best selection and prices around.

January hours for the Garden Building with garden seed, soil amendments, pest control, tools and staff are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The bird supplies, hydroponics, pottery and sprouting seed are in the Patio Room, open daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and purchases may be rung up in the Grocery.

Written by Chris Bobbitt

News from the Elm Heights Meat Counter

They are here at Elm Heights.  Traditionally called "Galbi" in Korean, this is a special cut of Beef Short Ribs that is perfect for that marinade you’ve been wanting to try.  Traditionally Korean marinades consist of soy sauce, garlic, and sugar, but any beef marinade would work.  These come from Fischer Farms and retail at $5.29/lb.  Come in today and try some!

I know when you think of Indiana, your first thought is probably not fresh seafood.  However, here at Bloomingfoods Elm Heights, we are able to get the freshest seafood possible.  All seafood at Elm Heights is flown in next day with three possible deliveries a week.  Come in today and check out the different varieties and competitive pricing.  Seafood selections include:

Sockeye Salmon
Coho Salmon
Great Lakes
Rainbow Trout
Pacific Halibut
Icelandic Arctic Char
Gulf Shrimp
Atlantic Scallops
…and much more!

Have you ever asked yourself if there is such a thing as too much bacon?  I have, and I have come up with the same answer everytime: ABSOLUTELY NOT.  Here at Bloomingfoods, we have several different varieties of bacon from which to choose.  For all you members out there, we have the Beeler’s Uncured Bacon for $5.99, regular price $6.49!  Not into all the grease?  Check out the varieties of Turkey Bacon that we carry including Garrett Valley Turkey Bacon and Garrett Valley Peppered Turkey Bacon, both at $4.29 per package.  Don’t want a lot?  Come up to the meat counter where we offer Dewig Platter Bacon at $5.99/lb!  Whatever your bacon needs, Bloomingfoods has you covered.

Josh Hermes
Fresh Meat Merchandiser