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Bringing the Farm Downtown: How the Purple Porch Co-op Cultivates Local Food in South Bend

By Leong Weng Kuan and Molly Seidel

In the heart of South Bend’s East Race district sits a tiny brick building with a wide-reaching impact. “PURPLE PORCH CO-OP” is spelled out in iron letters over the door, through which a constant stream of people flow.

Inside, the small space is packed with shelves of nutritious whole foods, vibrant produce, and a cozy cafe with delicious smells that waft through the store.

Photo Credit_ Purple Porch Co-op
The Street View of Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, IN

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European Vegetable Crisis Causes Woes for Shoppers, Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Wild winter weather in Spain’s agricultural regions caused massive produce shortages throughout Europe last month. The scarcity of vegetables across Europe caused price hikes and rationing in supermarkets, as well as cultivated fear among consumers of future climate-induced shortages.

Check out the full Storify report to learn more!

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#SouthBendTakeover – Cafe Edition

There’s certainly no shortage of coffee on the Notre Dame campus. Between overpriced Starbucks lattes and the brown java sludge brewing at ABP it’s never been more convenient to grab a caffeine kick between classes. However, these spots lack the cozy atmosphere of a great coffee shop, or the community buzz of a local diner. Likewise, sometimes you want a really great bagel or plate of pancakes to go with that hot drink.

Forget ‘Bucks, SB-based Zen is the way to go (Source; ZenRoasters)

South Bend has seen a huge resurgence in local eateries over the past few years, and today there are more places to grab great coffee and food than ever. These cafes are based in the community and feature many local products such as Zen coffee (roasted right in South Bend) or organic produce from Michiana farms. And the food options, ranging from loaded breakfast sandwiches at the General to steaming bagels at Stude’s, provide the perfect compliment to a delicious cup of java.

Many students can be hesitant to travel beyond the security of the Notre Dame bubble, but the city of South Bend offers far more opportunities for coffee/brunching bliss than campus does. If you’re looking to break out of your coffee rut then this interactive map will lead you straight to your new favorite hangout.

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Google Trends: Tracking Stars of the Rio Olympics

Most professional swimmers, track athletes, and gymnasts live in relative anonymity, training and competing within the focus of their respective sport. However, these athletes get the chance every four years to become the center of the world’s attention. This summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Jainero was no different; from August 5th to the 21st the world’s attention was tuned to the amazing athletic feats happening in Brazil.

Clockwise from left- Bolt, Phelps, Farah, Biles (Sources: Thrillist, BI Online, Alchetron, GNN)

Four of the biggest stars were Michael Phelps and Simone Biles of the United States, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, and Mo Farah of Great Britain. I studied the relative popularity of each athlete on a global scale during August 2016, using Google Trends to analyze the google searches for each athlete throughout the games.

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You say tURmeric, I say turMERic…

Blissfully mild January weather has lulled me into thinking that winter might have forgotten about us this year. Frostbitten fingers and long slogs through snow have been replaced by raincoats and slogs through muddy puddles. Not that the South Bend permacloud, wind, and drizzly days are anything to get hella jazzed about, but we’re usually up to our eyeballs in snow and ice this time of year.

News flash: Winter is coming, bitches.

With the snowflakes flying and Jack Frost slapping me in the face once again I’ve been returning to recipes that fill me up and defrost my frozen heart post-run. And nothing does that quite like a big pot full of delicious soup.

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Introductions are weird

I’m really bad at writing “About Me” posts. It seems like an exercise in shameless self-promotion, and turns out more cringe-worthy than an episode of The Bachelor.

Damn it. I’ve had a blog for two seconds and I’ve already mentioned The Bachelor. We’re off to a fantastic start.

Combining my three favorite things: running 5k races, food, and dressing up like a fool

Despite my aversion to awkward introductions, I figure that I need to write a proper post welcoming readers to the site and giving y’all an idea of what’s going on here. Primarily, this website is a way for me to share my love of (read: obsession with) running, my passion for cooking, and random thoughts on life. Secondly, and probably more importantly, it’s a requirement for my journalism course to make semi-regular posts. This allows me to be a student-athlete, and therefore support my continued love of (read: obsession with) running.

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