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Farmers Market Seaon, Foraging For Dandelions, Ag Drones

Believe it or not, it's time for farmers markets! Robin Hobson gives us a behind-the-scenes view. And, will the wacky winter weather impact wild edibles?

sweet potatoes at farmers market

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Sweet potatoes will be available for purchase today on the first day of the Bloomington Community Farmers Market.

By in large, farmers are a very adaptable bunch. I think that is the number one skill for anyone in agriculture is adaptability.

The weather has certainly tested farmers in that way so far this season. But the show must go on, and that means it’s time for farmers markets! Robin Hobson of the Bloomington Community Farmers Market gives us some insider information about how it’s organized.

Unmanned aerial vehicles… on the farm? Harvest Public Media finds out what the benefit could be.

Organic gardening at a fire station.

Then Eric Brown talks about foraging for maple syrup, dandelion greens, and even turkeys.

And Daniel Orr cooks up some of those dandelion greens. So good you’ll forget they’re a weed!

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Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

farmers looking at ag drone

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

Bloomington Farmers’ Market Opens For 40th Year

bloomington community farmers market

Despite record cold snaps this winter, organizers promise plenty of fresh produce on the first Saturday of the Bloomington Community Farmers Market.

Bloomington Fire Fighters Double As Gardeners

firefighters watering the garden

Fire fighters are responsible for watering the newly installed garden by their building every other day. In return, they enjoy a wide array of fresh produce.

Spring Foraging Off To Slow Start

dandelion in the snow

Author and homesteader Eric Brown worries that the record cold temperatures this winter will further delay the appearance of wild edibles.

Eating Dandelions: Recipes, Medicinal Properties And More


Dandelions have many uses, one of which is the delicious dish we prepare for you today: Dandelion Greens with New Potatoes and Local Italian Sausage.

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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