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Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market

Summary: The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is open Saturday mornings from 9:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m., December 6th, 2014-March 28th, 2015 with the exception of December 27th.The Market is located in the Harmony School Gym at 909 East Second Street. Enjoy FREE parking in the Harmony School parking lot, on the street, or just over a block away in the Atwater Parking Garage (entrance is off Woodlawn). We accept SNAP! Visit our website for more information:



What: The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is about to begin! This year marks the eleventh year of the Winter Market, which gives Bloomington residents a farmers’ market year round! The Market will offer fresh fruits & vegetables, mushrooms, ferments, breads & cereals, prepared foods, seeds & plants, cut flowers, local meat & poultry, maple syrup, honey products, dairy products, eggs, jams & sauces, baked goods, locally roasted coffee and many other items. The Market also features live music from a variety of our talented local musicians.


When: Enjoy our new extended hours, Saturday mornings from 9:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m., December 6th, 2014-March 28th, 2015 with the exception of December 27th.


Where: The Market is located in the Harmony School Gym at 909 East Second Street.


Parking: The Harmony School parking lot is available (please use only designated spaces). Street parking is also free on Saturdays. Just over a block away is the Atwater Parking Garage (entrance is off Woodlawn), which is also free and open on Saturdays.


Why: Shop at the Winter Farmers’ Market to strengthen and support Southern Indiana’s local food economy. All of our market vendors are local growers and producers that come from Bloomington and other surrounding areas. Come for breakfast and find the ingredients for lunch and dinner. Enjoy live music. Bring the whole family.


The Farmers’ Market Welcomes Food Stamp Shoppers! During Saturday Market hours, go to the market information table. Use your food stamp card to purchase as many tokens as you like. Tokens are available in $1 increments, and can be used like cash to buy farm products from market vendors. As long as funding is available, you can double the value of your SNAP (food stamp) purchase, up to $18/week. For every $1 in SNAP (food stamp) benefits you exchange, we will give you $2 in tokens! Draw up to $18 in SNAP (food stamp) benefits, and receive up to $36 in tokens to buy fresh-from-the-farm, healthy, locally grown food at the Farmers’ Market. Keep your unused tokens to spend the next time you shop at the market. Market tokens expire at the end of the market season in which they are purchased.

Contact: Leslie Burns, Market Master at 812-320-6652 or at

Visit our website for a list of vendors and a program calendar:

Open Streets Bloomington

Thank you to everyone who made the 2nd Annual Open Streets Bloomington event a great success!  Sword fighters, aerial silk performers, hula hoopers, hopscotchers, Zumba dancers and more took over Seventh Street from the B-Line Trail (Shower Plaza) west to Elm Street from 12:30 to 5:30pm.  Check out this short video of our community getting active -

Habitat Stewards

The weather may be cooling down but Habitat Stewards are gearing up for two big projects this winter.  They will be working with Lawns for Life to build mason bee homes on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will also be working with artist Joe LaMantia on a project to create homes for wildlife at the Shalom Center.  To learn more, please contact Mary Madore at


Discardia continues to host Mending Day the second Saturday of the month – come by Room 1C of the Monroe County Public Library between 12:00 and 4:00 on November 8th for help with your sewing project.  They are also starting preparations for next year’s Trashion Show – stay tuned for details!

Community Bicycle Project

BP1 is moving two doors down to enjoy a much bigger space.  The new space is still right on the B-Line trail near 7th Street and Madison while providing more options for storage and activities.  Want to get involved?  Contact the bike project at

Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market

Only a few weekends remain for the summer market at Showers Plaza.  The winter market will kick off Saturday December 6th in Harmony School – come by for local food, live music, and a strong local economy!

The 2014-15 Winter Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., from December 6th through March 28th (closed Dec. 27th), at the Harmony School Gym (909 E Second Street). Join us there for breakfast and local produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, music, and the companionship of neighbors and friends.

Help the CSL move! Saturday, November 22nd, 12:00-3:00

We are moving out of our old office at 112 Walnut Street Suite 800 (above Caveat Emptor) and could use a few helping hands to carry books and supplies to our temporary storage space as we evaluate new office options.  A truck or van would also be appreciated.  If you would like to help, please coordinate with board member Jeanne Leimkuhler at :

Healthful Food for All Fund

The Healthful Food for All Fund is an exciting new project of the Center for Sustainable Living, and is offered at the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market.  This fund makes local, sustainably grown food more available to low-income households by purchasing food from the winter farmers’ market at a discount and donating it to The Rise, the Community Kitchen, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, and by making Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions (CSAs) more affordable in the summer.  Please consider contributing to the fund.  We have two matching grants of up to $2,000 each, so each dollar you contribute will mean $3 for the fund!  You can make a donation on the project’s website.


I just wanted to let you and everyone with the Center know that the Healthful Food for All Fund now has a webpage on the BWFM website:

Monroe County Energy Challenge – November 5

The Monroe County Energy Challenge wants to hear from you!  Stop by our open house on November 5 from 5:30-7pm at the Monroe County Public Library and let us know what you think of our draft energy plan!

The open house will include opportunities to learn more about saving energy in your home, to share ideas on how we can help our community save energy, and to register for a chance to win a free home energy assessment.
Want more information?  Email or call 349.3837.
Molly S. O’Donnell, M.S., LEED AP BD+C
Co-Chair, Bloomington Commission on Sustainability

Co-Convener, Earth Care Bloomington

Chair, Residential Programs Committee,
   Monroe County Energy Challenge
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