About

Our mission as the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is to extend the farmers market season and increase the availability of fresh produce and other local products throughout the four seasons of the year.

We encourage direct contact between producer and consumer and spread understanding of local food economy issues. We strive to produce and provide the greatest possible varieties of local foods while working together in a cooperative atmosphere to ensure the success of the market.

Our History

Linda Chapman founded the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market in 2004 with financial support from Slow Foods. From 2007-2013, the Local Growers’ Guild provided administrative support through a collaborative relationship with the market. Since the 2013-2014 season, the market has been a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.

Our Advisory Council

  • Rosie Sill, Earth Song Farm, farmer representative: President
  • Thomas G. Doak, customer representative: Vice-President, Market Manager
  • Caitlin Watkins: Treasurer
  • Teresa Birtles, Heartland Family Farm, farmer representative
  • Jeff McEvilly, McEvilly Gardens, farmer representative
  • Louise Miracle, Pie First Bakery, prepared food representative
  • Grant Pershing, Blue Hour Farm, farmer representative
  • Kathy Aiken, Secretary

Market Master

Addison Lively

SNAP Coordinator

Gwen Dieter

Become a Friend of the Market

The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market, the oldest winter market in the state of Indiana, has been a Bloomington tradition since 2004. More than 35 vendors sell a wide variety of produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, prepared foods, and crafts. Customers can also sip an espresso or enjoy a hot breakfast while listening to world-class musical entertainment.

The Winter Market reaches out to the whole community in support of local growers and musicians. We enhance our community’s understanding of healthful options in lifestyle habits by providing on site access to local, healthy food.

As a Friend of the Farmers’ Market, you can enhance Market events like musical entertainment and CSA Day; help low-income people increase access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food; and foster local food systems that are healthy, sustainable, and secure.

Your tax-deductible gift helps the Market broaden its impact and keeps it a vibrant community asset for decades to come. To donate, you can mail a check payable to BWFM to PO Box 503, Bloomington, IN 47402. Or, you can donate through PayPal.

You’ll be delighted

And you’ll be surprised at the variety of produce, crafts, and prepared foods available at the market—we even have gift cards for your friends and family. Our vendors offer everything from fresh salad greens to locally roasted coffee.

Your Produce to Their Table, Their Fields to Your Family

Putting a name to a face—and a potato

We encourage direct contact between producer and consumer because we know this increases understanding of local food economy issues. We want to provide the greatest possible varieties of local foods while working together in a cooperative atmosphere to ensure the success of the market.

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Music to Dance By

Enriching the market experience for everyone

Every Saturday, we are delighted to feature local musicians and bands on our stage. Nothing completes a local market quite like uplifting tunes. We’re open to all ages and…lots of genres.

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Farm to Family Fund

Expanding access to as many as possible

Making healthful food more available to low-income households is one of the top priorities of the Winter Market. We work with farmers, local agencies, and government programs—and support our local, sustainable food systems and farmers along the way.

We partner with the Farm to Family Fund to double SNAP benefits up to $18 a week. In addition, Farm to Family Fund, an independent 501(3)(c) organization, buys produce from our farmers who take the risk of producing food during the winter months. At the close of the market, Farm to Family Fund purchases food that farmers wish to sell at half price to donate directly to The Rise, Community Kitchen, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

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Our mission as the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is to extend the farmers market season and increase the availability of fresh produce and other local products throughout the four seasons of the year.

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