Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Weekly Update - June 6, 2017


What a gorgeous day for the opening of the Tuesday Market. From 4-7 p.m. today and every Tuesday through the end of September on Sixth and Madison Streets, you'll have a second chance to stock up on your favorite farm-grown foods.

Make your weekdays as fresh and tasty as your weekends!

peaches, tart cherries, mulberries, peppers (green, banana, jalepeño, paca poo (alpaca manure)

Free parking on Saturdays is available north of City Hall in Red permit spaces and in the IU EM-S (formerly knows as "C" Permit) parking lot located on the east side of Morton Street, just north of the Farmers' Market.

On-street parking is available at the meters for $1/hour. Additional pay parking ($0.50/hour) is available in the Morton Street Garage (entrance on Morton Street between 6th and 7th Streets.)
For more information about the Market, contact the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at (812) 349-3700, via e-mail at or visit the Farmers' Market Web site.
The Farmers' Market has received $70,000 in grant funding in the last three years to offer the Double Market Bucks program. 

During Saturday Market hours, go inside City Hall and use your food stamp card to purchase Market Bucks. Market Bucks are available in $3 increments and can be used like cash to buy farm products from Market vendors.

For every $3 in food stamp benefits you exchange, we will give you $6 in Market Bucks. Draw up to $18 in food stamp benefits, and receive up to $36 in Market Bucks.
Both our home and the orchard in Northern Daviess County are accessed by long-standing lanes-hence the name, Olde Lane Orchard. Fruit has been our business since 2002, and we aim to give our customers the same quality on their tables that we have come to love on ours. We have worked the ground long enough to know that heartache and farming often go hand in hand, but that is not the end of the story. Roughened hands and stooped backs and disappointments melt away in the caring exchange of a farm community. You can find us at both the Tuesday and Saturday Markets.

Time Performance
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Kevin Reynolds
folksy, bluesy acoustic

Time Performance
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
A Fair of the Arts
art and fine craft fair
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
sustaining nature and land
9-10:30 a.m.
Hoosier Darling
tight harmony trio
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Craig Brenner 
jazzy blues and boogie
woogie piano
A Fair of the Arts is an art and fine craft fair hosted by Bloomington Parks and Recreation on the second Saturday of every month May through October in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers Market. Join us for a celebration of art and community with the displays, sales, and demonstrations of visual arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. For more information, contact Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3735 or

Sustaining Nature and Your Land Day is June 10 at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Learn how to manage your land to make it as healthy and diverse as possible.  This year we are featuring four talks:

  • 9 a.m. Invasive Garden Plants – What NOT to Plant in Your Yard! (Ellen Jacquart, MC-IRIS)
  • 10 a.m. Great Native Plants for Home Landscaping
    (Natalie Marinova, EcoLogic LLC)
  • 11 a.m. Our Deer Addiction (Allen Pursell, The Nature
  • 12:15 p.m., after the Fightin’ IRIS awards - Save Our Forests: Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants (Chris Neggers, The Nature Conservancy)

Bring in any weed from your land and our Weed Lab experts will identify it for you and give you tips on how to control it.

Exhibits will provide more information keeping your land healthy, including a table on how to organize your neighborhood to fight invasive plants.

The first 250 attendees receive a coupon good for $5 off any native plant for sale by Monroe County Invasive-Free Grow Native Vendors (Bread and Roses, Deep Roots Garden Center, EcoLogic LLC, Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, Linnea’s Greenhouse, and Indiana Natives at Stranger's Hill Organics.

For more information on Grow Native, see

Try our invasive edibles – garlic mustard pesto on reed canarygrass crackers!


Blue Hour Farm is a 3.3-acre vegetable farm located in the rolling hills of Van Buren Township on the southwest side of Bloomington. Utilizing more than 10 years of experience on other local farms, Grant Pershing uses all organic practices as well as some permaculture techniques, including no-till raised beds, water catchment, beneficial insect habitats, polyculture and perennial plantings.

Marble Hill Farm, located in southwest Monroe County, is owned and managed by Kip and Whitney Schlegel and is in its 20th year of operation. More than 200 animals live on the farm, including Angus cattle for beef, Shetland sheep for wool, pastured poultry for eggs, horses, donkeys, and waterfowl.

The evening culminates in a dinner prepared by local chefs from Big Woods Bloomington, C3 Bar, and Truffles, including vegetarian and vegan options. It is a farm-to-fork experience you will not want to miss.

Co-sponsored by the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Harvest Moon Flower Farm, C3, Tuffles, and Big Woods Brewing Company.