Big Four Café owner and chef Adam Israel said, “I want to bring local foods more into the restaurant scene in Batesville. I think Walhill does a very good job. For the rest of us, it’s minimal ... My big plan for this year is to serve seasonal foods” and be a liaison to other restaurants.
A central marketplace “is what restaurants need.” It would be easier for chefs to shop there than deal with farmers coming one by one to their businesses. The challenge will be for eateries to provide local foods at reasonable prices. “It’s going to be a learning experience.”
Cooley observed, “We have an incredibly diverse group of people here.” She asked attendees to huddle around tables to discuss three areas: volunteers, education and networking, and a potential distribution center.
Attendees at that meeting and interested area residents are invited to the next monthly Food and Growers Association of Laughery Valley and Environs local foods potluck supper May 13 at 6 p.m. at David and Betty Lou Walsman’s woods north of Oldenburg. Participants should bring a dish to share and RSVP to get directions: 812-934-3107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Area CSA programs • The 20-week Michaela Farm, Oldenburg, Community-Supported Agriculture program runs from May 13-Sept. 23 with plans for an optional fall CSA to follow. Members have two pickup day options (Tuesday or Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.), they pack their own bags and Michaela Farm will be the only one supplying the produce. Info: http://michaelafarm.coffeecup.com/index.html; Michaelafarm@etczone.com or 812-933-0661. • Green Bean Delivery, an online home delivery service that provides organic produce and natural groceries to its members, recently expanded to the Batesville and Oldenburg areas. Customers can select a produce bin size and delivery frequency. Info: www.greenbeandelivery.com or 513-761-2326. • Hoosier Harvest Market is a new online marketplace based in Greenfield that boasts produce, meats, eggs, cheeses and other products grown or made throughout the state. Orders can be picked up on Thursdays at one of several Indianapolis area sites. Info: http://hoosierharvestmarket.com.