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Friday, March 25, 2022

Know Before You Go: Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Categories: Events, Festivals, Outdoors

You've likely heard of Bloomington's Community Farmers' Market, but we're here to tell you everything you need to know before experiencing it yourself.
 

Who, What, When, Where

Who: The Community Farmers' Market is comprised of small farm vendors, food & beverage artisans, and local artists.

What: Bloomington's largest farmers' market is a one-stop-shop for an array of food & non-food products, all grown or made by local & regional vendors.

When: In 2022, the market will open on Saturday, April 2. From April through September, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market will take place on Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Hours adjust to 9:00 am-1:00 pm in October and November.

Where: Showers Common, located at 401 N. Morton Street. 

Woman purchasing produce from the Gettys Creek Farm vendor at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Helpful Information

Admission: Free

Parking: Metered street parking is available for $1.00 per hour. Shoppers can also park in the Morton Street Parking Garage for $0.50 per hour. 

Payment Methods: Cash, credit/debit cards, farmers' market gift certificates, and food stamps are accepted.

Rules: No pets, smoking, or vaping.
 

Food & Goods

With a variety of local & regional vendors comes a vast range of fresh foods, prepared foods, and non-food products.

Display of potted herbs & plants at the Tuesday Farmers' Market

Fresh food products include, but are not limited to:

  • Produce
  • Meat, poultry, and eggs
  • Milk, cheese, and other dairy products
  • Salsas and relishes
  • Jams and jellies
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Vinegars and cooking oils
  • Baked goods
  • Coffee

Display of tomatoes and cherries at the farmers' market

Non-food products include, but are not limited to:

  • Flowers, plants, and seeds
  • Beeswax
  • Bar soaps

Prepared food vendors include, but are not limited to:


Special Events & Features

You can expect several special events & features from the community market throughout the year. From food tastings and contests to buskers and live music, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market has a very fun, fair-like atmosphere.
 

Live Music & Buskers

Adding to the fair-like atmosphere, you'll find live music acts and buskers at the market each week. Live music acts include local musicians, bands, and choirs. Buskers include balloon artists, jugglers, and exotic bird trainers.

A bird keeper and his parrot pose for a photo with two little girls at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Food Tastings & Contests

Several times through the year, the farmers' market hosts different food tastings and contests. Past events have included apple tastings, soup contests, tomato tastings, and salsa contests.
 

Other Downtown Activities

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is located right next to the B-Line Trail, which is within walking distance of many downtown restaurants and shops. Grab a local cup of joe from Hopscotch Coffee to help you power through the rest of your day, go for a walk and admire the many murals along the trail, take the kids to WonderLab Science Museum, see what vintage treasures you can find at the Bloomington Antique Mall — it's all within a short stroll from the market!

Bikers and pedestrians on the B-Line Trail

Just one block east is The Square, the heart of downtown Bloomington. You could spend the entire afternoon shopping small businesses, visiting art galleries, and people-watching from The Tap's patio as you enjoy one of their original beers.

Still looking for more to do while you're downtown? Head just a hair further east to Kirkwood Avenue, the most iconic street in B-Town. Lined with IU-themed shops, several bars, and an assortment of picture-perfect sights, an adventure on Kirkwood is a must for any Bloomington visitor. You'll find yourself on the edge of Indiana University's campus, which you should definitely explore as well. If you want a true Hoosier experience, try to cross off as many of these IU bucket list items while you're in town.

Kirkwood Avenue in spring

Want to learn about other farmers' markets in the area? Check out our local farmers' market page.

 

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast. 

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