In 2010, Indiana Humanities started Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, a two-year program designed to encourage Hoosiers to share stories and recipes of food tradition. As they traveled across the state, they met Hoosiers eager to talk about what food means to them. I’m definitely one of those Hoosiers, and I enjoy reading about the adventures of others who have turned their food passions into businesses.
Eating local is important to me for many reasons. Not only is the quality of food so much better, I can meet and talk to the people who make it accessible to me. Those people know their animals and produce and will give you the honest truth about how they were raised and grown.
I was especially excited to read the backstories in Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, as so many of my favorite farmers and artisans are inside. Smoking Goose/Goose the Market, Bloomingfoods, Sun King Brewing, Clabber Girl and Fair Oaks Farms all open up about their businesses.
The first storefront of Bloomingfoods opened in 1976. People in Bloomington came together i hopes of finding the food they wanted to eat, which couldn’t be found in the conventional grocery stores. This is familiar to me because my mom would participate in co-ops where she’d order food like soy milk, vitamins, grains and beans and organic foods that weren’t carried anywhere in Terre Haute. Bloomingfoods started operating off of a similar co-op idea, and thirty-five years later they have 3 stores in Bloomington, owned by the people they serve.
Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest by David Hoppe and Kristin Hess is an essential publication to anyone in Indianapolis who cares about food. Lucky for you (and thanks to Indiana Humanities), I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Enter through the Rafflecopter below – giveaway ends December 9 at midnight EST and is open to U.S. readers only.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest in order to review the book for a giveaway. These are my own opinions!