Finding Our Way Home-Midwest Connections

March 22, 2012

Finding Our Way Home

“The book is an enthralling read that made me both laugh and cry. I literally couldn’t put it down. I suspect you will feel the same way.”
—Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, reviewer Alma Bond

When the road home becomes daunting—a very capable girl on a bicycle can help find the way.

Beloved writer Charlene Baumbich turns her pen to the topic of unlikely friendships and lavish grace in her newest novel. Set in small-town Minnesota, the novel’s warm humor and small town feel will resonate with Baumbich fans. Meanwhile, the ballet backdrop provides an exciting glimpse into the world of dance.

When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she retreats to her recently deceased mother’s home to recover. Reluctantly accepting that she can’t recover alone, she hires nineteen year-old übercapable Evelyn Burt. As the wounds begin to mend, the women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even thesmallest act done in the name of love.

Charlene Ann Baumbich is the author of the Dearest Dorothy series,Stray Affections, and Divine Appointments, as well as several nonfiction books of humor and inspiration. She is also a popular speaker, an award-winning journalist, and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Beth Dooley at Just Food Saturday, March 3rd

March 1, 2012

Just Food Co-op is excited to welcome Beth Dooley, author of The Northern Heartland Cookbook, for a book talk and signing on Saturday, March 3 to kick off the Eat Local Challenge. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dooley will be signing copies of her book at the front of the store during the Eat Local Tasting. Books will be available for purchase at Just Food during that time by Monkey See Monkey Read. Then, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dooley will give a short talk about her cookbook and her thoughts on local eating in the Just Food Community Room. Please reserve your seat for the talk at the Just Food customer service desk at 516 Water St S in Northfield, or online at

“‘Eat Local’ means a lot of different things to different people,” says Dooley. “To me, it means paying attention to light, temperature and the land’s bounty. When our appetites follow the arc of the sun, we bring balance to our plates. Join me in a discussion into all of the reasons why eating locally makes sense—flavor, health and nutrition, environment, economy, food safety, land preservation, community—and how eating local creates a true home.”

This event is the kickoff to the Winter Eat Local Challenge at Just Food Co-op. Community members are challenged to eat 50% of their diet from the five-state area from March 3 through March 10. Other events during the week include a class on shopping for and cooking with bulk foods, with an emphasis on local items; a class on honey bees, and an opportunity to volunteer at Thursday’s Table with the Northfield Local Food Action Network. The challenge culminates in CSA Day at Just Food, on March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where people can meet local farmers and purchase a share in the harvest of the upcoming growing season.

Visit Just Food Co-op or to sign up for the Winter Eat Local Challenge.


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