Thursday, September 24, 2009

Good Earth to Celebrate Bob 9/27 in 1st Annual Memorial Concert

Good Earth Celebrates Bob!
1st Annual Bob Landman
Memorial Concert

Featuring Good Earth Artists:

Scooter with Special Guest Joe Landman, starting at 1:00 pm

Mars or the Moon at 2:30pm

Sale pricing on many items all week long!

Samples and the Frequent Shopper Card Raffle

Frequent Shopper Card Raffle Giveaway and Samplings from 1-4pm.
Come and join us on
Sunday September 27th
in Broad Ripple Village from 12-5pm
6350 N. Guilford Ave.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eating Local & Urban Gardening Speaker coming to IUPUI Sept. 28th

Lisa Heldke

Department of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College

Monday 28 September 2009 @ IUPUI

Cultivating Cosmic Patriotism by Cultivating Cosmos:
Urban Gardening and the Creation of Community (pdf)

Discussion: 3:00 PM-4:15 PM

IUPUI, Cavanaugh Hall 411

425 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202

This essay considers urban gardening as an important contemporary setting in which to cultivate what Jane Addams calls "cosmic patriotism," an alternative to the patriotism of the tribe, and a form of patriotism characterized by a commitment to multiculturalism, humanitarianism, and internationalism. Community gardens, "guerilla gardens," and other collective, urban agricultural ventures offer the very sorts of urban settings Addams argued were crucial for the nurturance of such patriotism: a pleasurable, or recreational setting in which city residents could share their knowledge and culture with each other in a spirit of play and openness. Heldke will discuss these issues in an informal afternoon session.

Staying Home For Dinner:
Ruminations on Local Foods in a Cosmopolitan Society (pdf)

Reception: 6:00 PM

(Hors d'oeuvres provided by Certified Healing Food Specialists, Mark Cox & Chef Joshua Henson, of Fermenti Artisan)

Lecture: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

RSVP appreciated by Sunday, September 27 to

Lilly Auditorium

On lower level of IUPUI University Library

755 W Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

(Parking is available at the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. Bring your ticket to the event for a free validation stamp)

Reflecting on the decision to eat locally produced food suggests that ethical decisions cannot be cast as individual choices between two clear alternatives. When we seek morally unambiguous choices, we focus our ethical energies in the wrong place. The moral focus of our ethical decision-making should fall on building communities because the importance of any choice we make lies in the relationships that give our choices context. Food is an especially rich intersection of relations and so provides many opportunities to reflect, connect, and imagine more democratic communities. Recognizing these opportunities leads us to see ourselves not as food consumers but as food citizens who seek to enact and transform our relations through not only our purchasing and eating choices but also through our collective work in organizations that promote healthy, just, fair, safe, and delicious food systems for all people.


Professor Heldke's areas of research include American Philosophy, Philosophy of Food, and Feminist Philosophy. She is also concerned with the nature of justice, oppression and resistance, and human liberation, particularly in connection with racism, sexism and heterosexism. She is the co-editor of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, a collection of writings about the philosophy of food; and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, part of a series of books that explores popular culture using philosophy. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer in which she examines the colonialist attitudes that persist in common approaches to foreign cuisine.


This event is supported by the Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, and American Studies Program of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and by the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Speakers Fund. Additional support provided by Indy Food Co-op, Indy Winter Farmers Market, Slow Food Indy, and Indy Tilth/Urban Farming Forum.

Monday, September 14, 2009

One door closes, another one opens. SFI Sept. 20th Changes

From Slow Food Indy regarding changes to the September 20th dinner event:

Chef interest was so great we keep figuring out how to add more into the event, we had more volunteers than we could accept, and all around interest had seemed enthusiastic for the Vegan Farm to Table Dinner scheduled for Sept. 20th at Beasley Orchard. Sadly, ticket sales have remained so low that we must cancel the event as originally planned.

At the cancellation of the five-course Vegan Farm to Table Dinner at Beasley’s Orchard, Slow Food Indy has been invited to join the Earth House Community Dinner on Sunday, September 20, at 5:00 PM, expanding the weekly community dinner into a fabulous Vegan Pitch-In.

Please plan to join us:
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, September 20th

Where: The Earth House, 237 N. East St. (SE corner of New York & East St.s)
Dinner will be held in the basement, where Jenxie’s Vegan & Vegetarian Cafe is located.

What: Vegan Pitch-In, FREE – bring your favorite vegan dish, featuring a local ingredient of the season, to share, along with your reusable dinnerware! Don’t know how to prepare a vegan dish, we’ll be sure to have plenty of food, so join us anyway and learn what makes a tasty vegan meal. (Some of our fabulous event chefs will be attending the pitch-in as well, so you still get to enjoy their talents!)

Why: Slow Food Indy remains strong in our commitment to provide welcoming vegetarian and vegan options at our events, as well as holding events to highlight the pleasures of meat-less meals. Just as we also plan to hold more events that highlight the vibrancy of ethnic food traditions represented in Indianapolis.

The Earth House is also dedicated to gathering individuals and organization working to build an informed and sustainable community. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the many fabulous events offered at the Earth House.

Throughout 2010, Slow Food Indy will be holding a number of Farm to Table Dinners and other events as part of fund raising efforts to send Indianapolis area farmers, chefs, food educators, and students as delegates to Slow Food International’s bi-annual Terre Madre event. Terre Madre 2008 brought together over 6,000 delegates representing 1652 food communities from 150 countries. Slow Food Indy was proud to send nine delegates, through the support of all who attended Farm to Table Dinners and other fund raising events. We look forward to your support again in 2010, as we support the growth of our the sustainable and locally-minded food community in Indianapolis by sending another group to be supported, inspired and educated through this amazing international event. We’ll tell you a bit more about Terre Madre and plans for 2010 at the Sept. 20th Pitch-In.

Those interested are invited to take the seven-block walk north to visit the new location for the Indianapolis Winter Farmers Market, at 901 N. East St., following the dinner.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slow Food Indy Farm to Table Dinner, Sept. 20th

Slow Food Indy Farm to Table Dinner @ Beasley’s Orchard & Garden, Danville IN

Sun, September 20, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Reservation Required by Sept. 17th

Buy your tickets today for SFI final Farm to Table Dinner of 2009! This fabulous five-course meal also kicks off the SFI 2010 Terre Madre fundraising to send Indianapolis area chefs, farms and food educators to Torino, Italy for Slow Food Internationals bi-annual international convention. This dinner will once again be a delightful celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community.

This Farm to Table Dinner is also special because it is the first, but not to be the last, SFI Farm to Table Dinner that is 100% Vegan friendly. In our commitment to share Good, Clean, and Fair food for Everyone, we are pleased to share the full richness of seasonal flavors in this meat-free, dairy-free, honey-free meal. Each course will feature products from some of the area's best growers & producers, many of whom you know from farmers markets.

What you need to know:

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Beasley’s Orchard & Garden, 2304 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122 (map)

Event begins @ 5:30 at the Beasley’s Orchard Farm Store

Fruit chutney & Pepper Tartlettes w/ Toasted Peanuts
by Wendell Folwer (Eat Right Now!, & Kevin Costa (Goose the Market)

& Cocktails by Demian Hostetter (Crossroad Vintners) & lil’ sis’ Annie Hostetter

6 p.m., guests will take a hayride tour of the farm, ending in an orchard row for dinner:
Zaalouk (Moroccan Style eggplant spread) with homemade pita bread
by Chef Anass Sentissi (Chef Owner, Saffron Café)

Apple & Cucumber Salad
by Chef Tom Hirschfeld (

Seasonal Vegetables over Wheat berry Salad & Sides
by Chefs Erin Kem & Abbi Merriss (R-Bistro), w/ John Adams (Exec. Chef, H2O Sushi)

Dinner will be accompanied by the folksy tunes of Global Gifts volunteer, Steve Githen playing the ukulele.

7:45 p.m., guests take the hayride back to the farm store area for a bonfire & sweet surprise dessert

ATTIRE: Please wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for a hayride and outdoor dining.

COST & REQUIRED RESERVATIONS: $50 Slow Food Members, $60 Non-Members. Purchase your reservation here. Tickets available until sold out, or Thursday Sept. 17th.

Questions about the event? Contact Laura Henderson,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Help support the IWFM and get a great workout!

Come find the new IWFM location, plan your winter market parking strategy, help raise money to support the IWFM, and get a great workout all in one trip!

The IWFM is delighted to announce that we will be open for the winter season:
November 14th, 2009 through April 24, 2010
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We are also excited to share news of our NEW LOCATION. You will now find all your favorite growers and producers at:

The Chatham Center
901 N. East St
(see map) Indianapolis, IN 46202

We are grateful to Larry Jones, owner of our former location, for welcoming the IWFM to his new building in the Chatham Arch neighborhood of downtown Indianapolis.

The IWFM and Invoke Yoga & Pilates Studio are now located within one block. IWFM founder and market manager, Laura Henderson is one of Invoke's renowned teachers for her dynamic and inspiring yoga classes, and her heart-pumping Yoga-Pilates bootcamps, in which she challenges her students to detox and shape-up their bodies, minds and lives. During the month of September, you can now experience Laura's Detox Bootcamp and help support the IWFM! Laura will be giving 10% of her Detox Bootcamp proceeds toward the operating costs of the IWFM and will lead a walking tour to the new IWFM location after each class. Visit and Events to sign-up, or call 317.631.9642.

Date: Saturdays 9/5/2009 - 9/26/2009 (4 weeks)
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Laura Henderson’s ever-popular Boot Camp series expertly
combines the disciplines of yoga and Pilates for a balanced
and invigorating flow, and builds in challenging cardiovascular
work to deeply detox the body and mind. Be prepared to
sweat and leave empowered to shape-up your body, mind and life.

Motivation to continue post-bootcamp: Participants who
attend all 4 weeks will be entered in a raffle to win a 5 class package.

Drop-in: $20

4 week Series: $75

Invoke Studio 970 | Fort Wayne Ave. Suite C | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | 317.631.9642

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Become a Member of Slow Food in September!

If you have ever thought about joining Slow Food, now is the time. As part of a national campaign to bring awareness to the School Lunch Programs, Slow Food USA is offering one year membership in the organization with a donation of any amount!

During the month of September only, your donation of any amount will make you a member of Slow Food USA & thus a member of Slow Food Indy, for one year. The normal annual rate of membership is $60.

Grow the Movement! Make a Donation!

As a member, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Member-only discounts on select events and publications. For example you will save $10 on the price of a ticket to the first ever All Vegan Slow Food Dinner, September 20th @ Beasley Orchard. This five course dinner will include delicious and filling dishes from 7 fabulous Indianapolis chefs, cocktails and fresh juice, a hayride tour of the farm, dinner among the rows in the orchard, and an end of evening bonfire to celebrate in the waning of summer nights. Tickets cost $50 for members and $60 for non-members. More information, including a list of participating chefs can be found at, under events.
  • Getting connected and find out more about what's happening with our local chapter, Slow Food Indy.
  • Invitations to local, national and international events celebrating good, clean, fair food.
  • Opportunities to take action and impact legislation affecting food and agriculture in the U.S.

Here's why Slow Food USA is seeking your support right now. Slow Food USA is working to directly impact national and local food policies. From the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act to the Farm Bill, SF will be building alliances, bringing in key industry experts and heading to Washington to demand change.

Membership normally starts at $60, but from now until September 30th, your gift of any amount makes you a part of this movement. Give more if you can and less if you can't. The point is - Slow Food wants to know you support the movement.

Our kids deserve more than mystery meat and our communities need access to fresh, real food. Your support today will help make that happen.

Thanks for your support and we all look forward to your involvement!