BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Colin Cudmore started volunteering at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market as a way to meet people after he moved to the Hoosier state from Cape Cod.
During a coffee break one Saturday morning, Cudmore sat and watched market patrons buying local plants, produce and flowers from booths and tents along Morton Street. He also noticed two Amish vendors trying to sell starter plants for home gardens.
“I saw all these people in the booths around them buying food, and in the 20 minutes, I watched these guys at a very busy farmers market, they didn’t make a single sale. In fact, people weren’t even looking,” Cudmore told The Herald-Times.
He asked the vendors why they weren’t successfully selling plants that would grow the same food people were buying from other local growers at the market.
“They both said, ‘Oh, these days people don’t think they have the time,’” Cudmore said. “And I thought well, if we’re going to solve the problem, we’ve got to switch that mindset.”
Cudmore already had started working on a design and prototype for a home gardening and composting system for urban gardeners with limited resources and home gardeners with limited space and time.