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Salsa Contest Packets Go on Sale August 6th

Contest packets for up to 20 entries in each category are available on a first-come first-served basis at Bloomingfoods East and Near West Side, beginning August 6th. Packets cost $5 each, and include complete contest rules, instructions, and salsa containers.

Entry packets contain:

•  An entry form with space to include your recipe (Please return it in hard copy AND via email)
•  Two 16 oz. containers for your homemade salsa
•  Rules about making the salsa
•  A bag in which to return your entry

Entry packets must be returned to the store where you purchased your packet(s), Bloomingfoods East or Near West Side, no later than 8pm on Friday,  August 26, the night before the contest.

Judges and their family members are not eligible to participate. Limit of one entry per category per person.  You or a representative must be present at the event by 11am to win.

First, second and third place prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded in each of the three categories. Salsa recipes may be published here on our website, in the Bloomingfoods newsletter, and/or in the Herald-Times.

Bowling for Kids' Sake

Member and Staff Person Webb Lucas Leads Team for Bowling for Kids’ Sake

You may know member-owner Webb Lucas who works at the Near West Side store. He is also a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Central Indiana (BBBS) and team Captain for a Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS) team this year. The Bowl for Kids’ Sake tournament is the biggest fundraiser of the year for BBBS and helps to keep the non-profit going, finding and matching mentors with kids who will benefit from a positive role model. Each $1000 raised helps to match one ‘Big’ with one ‘Little’ and helps local children learn how to be successful in life and achieve their goals.

Concern for Community is one of the founding principles of Bloomingfoods as a cooperative organization, and our member-owners and staff find many ways of demonstrating their commitment to the greater Bloomington community. Webb’s team goal is to exceed $1000 in donations this year and hopefully get a Bloomingfoods team in the tournament next year. In support of Webb and his team’s fundraising goals, the Bloomingfoods stores will have donation cans at each store. If you would like to contribute or to learn about the team you are supporting, you can visit Webb’s team donation page.

Bike Summit Kicks Off Bike Week 2012

The City of Bloomington 2012 Bike Summit will take place on May 10, from 4-7pm at City Hall, 401 N. Morton Street in the Showers building. Called “Reflect, Innovate, and Respond”, the event will include a keynote presentation by Jeffrey Olson of Alta Planning and Design, who will unveil the Bikeway design for Bloomington. The Bike Summit kicks off  Bikes Week, May 10-19. There are many events: a Women’s Ride, a Learn to Ride event for children at Bryan Park, a Wapehani Trail Building Night, Bike Rodeo, Art by Bike Fun Ride, Bike Computer workshop, National Bike to Work Day, Cycle to Service Weekend, and Market to BABS Family Fun Ride. Find more information about all of these bike-focused events at the City of Bloomington website.

Find our Cookies at IUAM Coffeehouse Nights

Hey, students! Find our cookies at Coffeehouse Nights at the IU Art Museum: Sweet!

The IU Art Museum kicks off the 2012 fall semester with its annual Coffeehouse Nights series. Experience art from different times and places, enjoy a gallery performance, participate in a scavenger hunt, and sample coffee and Bloomingfoods treats in the atrium. Each night one of the museum's three permanent galleries will be featured.


Winter Farmers' Market Accepts SNAP Benefits

What: The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP, or “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” benefits.  Customers must simply bring their EBT cards to the information booth directly inside the doors of the west entrance to the Market where they will be able to collect tokens equivalent to dollar amounts.  These tokens can be used to buy fresh foods at the Market and are valid through the last weekend in March, when the Winter Market ends.  Items for sale include produce, meat, honey, cheese, dairy products, flour mixes, bread, dried beans, salsa, pies, cookies, and even seeds.  Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Winter Market will also be able to double customers’ SNAP benefits up to $18.  In other words, a customer can have $18 deducted from his/her EBT card, but receive $36 in tokens to spend on fresh food at the market.  This bonus incentive program will also be available at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, which starts in April.

When: Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12 noon, through March 30

Where: The Market is located in the Harmony School Gym at 909 East Second Street.  Parking is free and legal at the Harmony School parking lot, on the street and at the Atwater Parking Garage.  The nearest bus stop is Atwater & Woodlawn at the Optometry School (R4 bus).

Why:  The purpose of the bonus incentive program is to increase the purchasing power of low-income families at farmers’ markets so that they can afford to buy more fresh, healthy foods.