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White Violet Center for Eco-Justice partners: B’s are the best!

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees.” 

― Leo Tolstoy

It’s no secret that gardeners love bees. They help pollinate crops, make honey, and are a welcome sign of a healthy biome. But did you know our love for bees extends to our partners around the area – businesses that are committed to supporting local farms and food?  And it just so happens, they all start with the letter “B”!

Bar Bosco salad featuring greens from WVC

Two Terre Haute restaurants, The Butler’s Pantry Food Co and Bar Bosco, are regularly using White Violet Center certified organic produce and farm fresh eggs to create some amazing dishes. Both businesses have been able to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering takeout meals to their patrons.

WVC kale on display at Baelser’s Market

In more recent developments, White Violet Center produce and flowers can now be found locally at Baesler’s Market in Terre Haute. Since the beginning of June, we have been delivering flowers and select vegetables on Tuesday mornings.  It’s exciting for the WVC  team to hear how quickly our kale bunches and flower bouquets, also “B” words, are being purchased.

Beautiful flowers grown at White Violet Center

Of course, you can still purchase our produce, eggs, flowers, and more through our Farm Store website where we offer Monday through Saturday curbside pickup, or Wednesday delivery to St. Pat’s parking lot in Terre Haute. You can also find us at the Terre Haute Farmers Market every Saturday at the Meadows from 8 a.m. to noon. But, if you’re looking for a great meal or need to get to the grocery store, “bee” the best and show these businesses some love as a way of returning the love they give to us.

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John Michael Elmore

John Michael was a 2014-2015 organic garden intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. He now serves as Garden Coordinator at White Violet Center, returning in 2020 after 5 years of traveling, blogging, and working on organic farms around the country with his wife, Tara. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana State University. Prior to his internship, JM worked for Indiana State University Credit Union for 8 years. He is from Terre Haute, Indiana.

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3 Comments

  1. Sister Mary Montgomery on June 23, 2020 at 8:47 am

    JM,
    Thanks for this great article and for BEE-ing the BEST garden coordinator and one of the best role models for our WVC interns this summer!

    S. Mary

  2. Sister Mary Ryan on June 23, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    A wonderful article! Thanks for keeping us updated on WVC’s newest projects and partners.

    Sister Mary Ryan

    • Leila Kalen Short on June 24, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Great article…. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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