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You may have seen the tent at the end of the row with people handing out information, and wondered what it was and what they do. Slow Food Indy is the central Indiana Chapter of Slow Food USA and part of the Slow Food International organization that includes 32 countries. It is a grass roots movement of people who are focused on promoting good clean fair food. This means sustainable methods of agriculture and food distribution, and fair compensation for those who labor to produce our food.

The local chapter also works to build relationships and community through food here in central Indiana. They endeavor to help the public get to know local farmers through tastings, workshops, farm tours and delicious meals. Its Board of Directors includes local foodies like Rob Gaston of Dig-IN, Todd Jameson of Balanced Harvest Farm, Julia Woody recently of Eden Farms, and Ashley Wright of Dented Ladle Dining.

Among their many activities, Slow Food Indy leads volunteer groups working in the kitchen at Second Helpings, conducts workshops like their recent Pressure Canning Class, sponsors a Slow Food Book Club which is currently preparing for their third monthly meeting, and endorses local restaurants and food producers with their “Snail of Approval”. Our own vendors Fermenti Artisan and Second Helpings are among the recipients of the coveted endorsement.

This group of dedicated volunteers is truly passionate about “farm to table.” They have been part of the BRFM by visiting occasionally in 2012, and making regular monthly appearances in 2013. We think their mission is a great fit for our food-focused Market. You can find out more about Slow Food Indy on their website here, and keep up with their activities on their facebook page here.