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Member Discount for BOOM Tickets


Through Sunday, November 15 at the Waldron Arts Center Auditorium
Bloomingfoods members receive a discount on tickets:
Use the code BFOODS when ordering.

The world is ending and a nerdy marine biologist posts a personal ad to find the girl that will ensure the survival of the species. But saving life on earth on the first date proves to be a bit of a challenge! Will they survive? What about the tank full of fish? And who is that woman pulling levers and playing the timpani?

A funny, slightly warped, and ultimately hopeful look at the apocalypse.

Directed by Artistic Director Randy White
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Contains adult language and situations. Recommended for ages 17+                                                                                         

Three Gentlemen and a Lady from Indiana: A Porch Light Indiana Event

Enjoy a literary, dining, musical evening of creative excellence focused on four extraordinary Monroe Countians. Be among the first to hear the authors read from their newly published works (signed copies available).

FARMbloomington Chef Daniel Orr will read from his new book, Green Living with Chef Daniel Orr, and preview recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, Paradise Kitchen, while you enjoy tapas and Indiana craft beers and wines.

Tom Roznowski and The Living Daylights will perform classic Hoosier original music from Tom's upcoming album "This Place in Time." Tom will read from his new book, An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927.

Scott Russell Sanders will read from his many books, including his latest, A Conservationist Manifesto.

Various readers will recite from Rachel Peden's classic Rural Free, reprinted by Indiana University Press in 2009, and The Land and the People, which will be reprinted by IU Press in the fall of 2010.

WFIU Radio and Bloomingfoods are partners with Sycamore Land Trust and Porch Light Indiana in this event. Monday, February 15, 6-9 pm FARMbloomington, 108 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington $65 tickets available at Sunrise Box Office; a portion of ticket sales go to Sycamore Land Trust Discounted ticket price of $60 for SLT members, available through Sycamore Land Trust.


The Maple Syrup Festival

The National Maple Syrup Festival Near Medora, Indiana
Held the 1st and 2nd weekends in March

Burton’s Maplewood Farm, two miles north of Medora, Indiana, is home to the first and only National Maple Syrup Festival in America. Held each year on the first two weekends in March, the festival celebrates the first signs of spring. As the cold winter months slowly slip away, the sap starts to flow and the forest floor comes to life. Syrup lovers flock to Indiana!

Syrup being collected from a tree.At the National Maple Syrup Festival, you can enjoy the taste of country-made hot pancakes, with 100% pure maple syrup, throughout the day. Besides the food (pancakes with sausage, chicken with maple baked beans and red roasted potatoes), there are demonstrations: of maple syrup harvesting, blacksmithing, dutch oven cooking, wool spinning, and more. Visit the display of American Indian artifacts.

And listen to the music! Over twenty musical groups will perform, some at the farm, and others at Medora Community School.  A variety of other activities include the Man Eating Chicken and other oddities inspired by Wall Drug South Dakota, the Ice Bench, horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, and a bucksaw challenge with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Special guest Amy Roloff, from TLC’s television program “Little People Big World” will be at the festival on March 13th and 14th.

Visit Maplewood Farm to see (and taste) maple syrup from each and every maple syrup producing state in America. Come for the smell of the maple syrup, the toe-tapping music, the food, and the fun!

Burton’s Maplewood Farm
8121 W. County Rd. 75 South
Medora, IN 47260
Tel: (812) 966-2168
Fax: (812) 966-0231
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Community Orchard in the Works

Hey, Blooming-town! We’ve Got a Community Orchard in the Works

If you are still walking around with Malcolm Dalglish’s [link] "Pie March" in your head, from the ArtsWeek 2010 performance of The Welcome Table [link] at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, followed by a song parade and Bloomingfoods pie fest on on the B-Line Trail (“Tray-oh!”), you may want to look ahead to the creation of the Bloomington Community Orchard. There are more community pies in our future!

The kick-off meeting for the Bloomington Community Orchard was held on February 22 at City Hall. It was packed with volunteers eager to get our first publically-owned, volunteer-run orchard up and running.

The City of Bloomington has generously set aside a planting site south of the Willie Streeter Community Garden near the YMCA. The group aims to plant the first trees this spring.
A photo shoot at the site on February 23 brought the “apple core” group together again. Pied-piper Malcolm came with his rinky-dink apple peeler corer, one of those nifty devices that makes a little slinky out of an apple.

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the project, from seed-sowing to celebration of the first harvest. If you're interested in contributing to our local food supply and helping make sustainability delicious, be in touch!

For more information about this exciting project, please contact Amy Countryman at acountry[at]indiana[dot]edu or 812-679-8261.

Bloomington Community Orchard - Vote Now!

Dear Community Orchardists!

Your Community Orchard Team is in full force, and we need your help!

Vote online and play a simple, yet critical, role in winning Bloomington a grant for a FREE FRUIT ORCHARD which will provide free fruit to the entire community.  *Voting starts this MONDAY, MARCH 15th.*

Vote for the Bloomington Community Orchard at Communities Take Root EVERYDAY between March 15 (12 a.m. PT) and April 30 (11:59 p.m. PT).  Make it your home page and make it simple for yourself to make a major contribution.

Please spread this message widely!!  Anyone anywhere with Internet access can help us win an orchard- so rather than passing along those chain letters, send this blurb to your address book today (and every day until April 30, for that matter). Thank you for helping to make one patch of the earth a better place for everyone!

For more information about the Bloomington Community Orchard visit us online at
Facebook, or e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or call me at 812-679-8261.  For more information about the free trees and other support this grant will provide for our Orchard, please see the "participant submission" and "application" documents which will soon uploaded to our Facebook page.

Please read below for a brief update on what we've been up to lately.

The four incredible teams who have taken on building this project have given of their time and talents immeasurably in the past few weeks.  Thank you one and all.

The awesome Operations Team has had a busy few weeks!  Please check out a beautiful design for our Orchard created by Jack Brubaker, soon to be uploaded to our Facebook page.  In addition, the Operations Team has divided into several sub-committees, including Plant Selection, Design, and Soil Improvement, and Volunteer Coordination.  Great work is being done to investigate all the different elements we need to bring together to create a successful orchard.

Lee Huss, Bloomington's Urban Forester, decided that this year's official Arbor Day tree will be in our Orchard!  The Plant Selection sub-committee recommended to Lee that we plant a native paw-paw, which will be donated to us by the City along with a nice commemorative limestone plaque.  In addition, Lee established a designation in the Bloomington Tree Fund for the Community Orchard, so monetary donations for the Orchard can now be made by calling 812-349-3498 or see
Thank you, Lee!

The next Operations Team meeting will be Monday, March 15th at 5:30 pm in the McCloskey Room at City Hall.  Please join us!

The Administrative Team is nearly done drafting a set of bylaws to put before the group.  This governing document will establish a structure by which Orchard decisions will be made.  Stay tuned for more details soon.  Quick and efficient work, team!

The Communications Team has finished setting up list-serves for the individual teams to use for internal communication, and is in the process of establishing a place for the group to store documents so that everyone can access all meeting minutes and other pertinent pieces of information.  If you would like to be added to a particular team's listserv, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank you, Communications!

We have these lovely folks to thank for getting us so far in the process with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation grant!  Now, the Finance Team is in the process of applying for the "Bloomington in Bloom" grant from the Bloomington Board of Realtors.  The team is applying for money to be put towards fencing for our Orchard.

Thank you for being part of this inspiring community.

Amy Countryman