Located on the historic downtown square, the Downtown Bloomington Association’s Farmers’ Market is managed by the Downtown Bloomington Association. Not only does the market give customers a colorful venue to buy locally grown farm products, it also puts them in touch with local artisans of prepared goods and fine arts, musicians, and community organizations. The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items!
The market features different musical performances each week. Cooking demos are offered regularly, and the Kids’ Zone has sponsors that offer weekly hands-on activities for all ages. We are supported by a core group of volunteers that weekend after weekend devote their time and energies for their love of the Market. We are always looking for more VOLUNTEERS! Click on the Volunteer Spot button to sign up.
Our Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market occurs at the U. S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St. on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year from 10 am – 1 pm. This year the event will be on November 19th.
Our Indoor Markets occur on the third Saturday of December from 10 am – 12 pm and continues on each third Saturday of the month through April at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Live entertainment and local goods.
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the Farmers’ Market is to help energize Downtown Bloomington by providing a forum where urban residents can deal directly with the farmers who grow their food products, increasing their knowledge and appreciation for the quality and benefits of locally grown and produced agricultural products.
The Farmers Market Coordinator is Catherine Dunlap.
Supporting goals include the following:
- Provide growers and producers of Illinois agricultural commodities and other farm-related products with alternative marketing opportunities.
- Promote the sale of Illinois-grown farm products.
- Improve the variety, freshness, taste and nutritional value of produce available to consumers in the McLean County area.
The Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning from May through October.
A list of local food pantries and their contact information.