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Winter Farmers Market, Boiling Maple Syrup, Yam Salad

We chat with three vendors selling fresh, local food at the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market, then we cook with yams. Mike Bell boils maple sap down to syrup.

Bloomington Winter Farmers Market

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

The Harmony School gymnasium is buzzing with foodie activity Saturday morning.

Yesterday was kind of an interesting day harvesting because it was so cold out. Rinsing the greens in the greenhouse, my fingers were nearly frozen.

Marcia Veldman of Meadowlark Farms is selling those beautiful greens at the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market today. We’ll speak with her and two other vendors at the market to see what fresh, local food items are for sale during the cold months.

Before that, Amy Mayer of Harvest Public Media reports on the USDA’s attempt at modernizing the country’s poultry inspection laws.

Michael Bell is back in the second half of our show. First he tapped the maple trees, and now he shows how he boils the sap down to syrup.

And in the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr brings a little bit of the Caribbean to our winter dinner table.

News Stories:

Stories On This Episode

Modernizing Poultry Inspection Is No Easy Matter

a bunch of chickens

Controversial new regulations proposed by the USDA for poultry processors is an attempt to modernize an inspection system that dates back to the 1950s.

Meet A Farmer: Marcia Veldman, Meadowlark Farm

Marcia Veldman of Meadowlark Farm

Customers visit the Meadowlark Farm table to buy sweet potatoes and leafy greens. Friendly conversations are free of charge.

Meet A Farmer: Cathy Crosson, Red Rosa Farm

yarns from alpacas from Red Rosa Farm

Cathy Crosson's table at the Winter Farmers Market includes many different colors of alpaca yarns and over 300 varieties of heirloom seeds.

Meet A Farmer: Christina Hunter, Hunters Honey Farm

honey products sold by Hunters Honey Farm

Hunters Honey Farm can meet all your honey needs, from raw honey and honey comb to honey sticks and bees wax.

Boiling Sap Down To Syrup

Mike Bell Boiling Maple Syrup

It takes hours to boil maple sap down to syrup, but with the help of his decidedly low-tech maple syrup evaporator, Michael Bell is up to the challenge.

West Indian Slam’n Yam Salad

west indian slammin' yam salad

Put a little bit of the Caribbean on your dinner table with this delicious and addictive salad.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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