Locally Grown Food
The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market exists 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 seek to encourage direct contact between producer and consumer and increase 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 insure the success of the market. The BWFM is now a registered non-profit organization with the support of the Center for Sustainable Living. The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is a great opportunity to buy directly from local growers during the winter months. Our cozy indoor market features local products, live music, and a wonderful community. Join us for breakfast and buy local produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, and more! We are now accepting EBT/SNAP Benefits!
Dome Grown is a small permaculture farm within the city limits on our familys three acres. We use no synthetic chemicals, no-till methods and permaculture techniques to grow a wide variety of produce.
Part of an urban farm with a newly planted mini-orchard, berry patches, and extensive garden beds. We are located on an acre of land on the near south side of town. We produce naturally-grown (chemical- free) produce including: beans, peas, peanuts, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, hot and exotic chilies, blueberries, sunflowers, and wildflowers. We enrich our soil with an â€œurban compostâ€ using food scraps from local restaurants mixed with rabbit manure and straw. We encourage families to visit and to learn more about growing food efficiently in urban settings.Products are available from our farm and periodically at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market.
Local Food Bloomington Directory supports and celebrates the wealth of global dining and community food resources in Bloomington and nearby, Indiana communities, providing information on where we eat; community resources, and topics that directly apply to the how, and the why of what we eat. One of its features is Local Food News. Serving the community since 2001.
The Local Growers Guild is a cooperative of farmers in southern and central Indiana. Our mission is to educate, support, and connect local growers, consumers, businesses and communities about the importance of locally grown food. Our members include growers, businesses, and community members.We welcome participation and input from more community members who are interested in our vision. Please join us in celebrating family farms, local businesses and the abundance of our regional resources!
The 4-H Livestock auction is August 1, and will be held as expected in the fairgrounds Livestock Arena. Pre-Auction dinner is at 4:00 pm, and the Auction itself begins at 6:00 pm. The Livestock Auction allows for our 4-H members the opportunity to sell their livestock animals. All animals that go through the livestock auction have been shown/exhibited at this year’s fair. Members may also only sell one of the large animals (beef, sheep, swine, dairy steer, goat) and/or one small animal (pigeon, poultry, rabbit). There is also have a livestock pre-sale banquet for all prospective buyers the same day. If you’re interested in the bidding procedure, I’d invite you to contact the Monroe County Extension Office at (812) 349-2575, where we’ll be happy to send you literature and a buyers pass for the night’s festivities. The auction itself is your chance to bid on the best, freshest, locally grown meat money can buy. Not only do you get the best tasting beef, pork and lamb, you get the satisfaction of helping a local youth. Each animal has been the daily responsibility of a local young man or woman to raise, feed, groom, and keep healthy. The auction is the final step in their livestock project, and held during the Monroe County Fair in the Livestock Arena. Livestock is sold by the pound, and the auctioneer asks for the bidding to begin. Bidders signal the auctioneer at the price level they accept, and a strike of the gavel announces the winner.If you would like your purchase processed for cooking, a representative from a local meat packing house will be available to take your order and arrange free transportation.For more details, click the “Documents” link to view a brochure about the auction.
Founded during the Depression of the 1930’s, the Musgrave Orchard survived under the watchful care of three generations of Musgraves, including its founder, Lester, his son Robert, and grandson Jeff. Love of living off the land, coupled with seeing their labors yield bountiful fruit, motivated Andy and Amy Hamilton to pick up where the Musgrave family left off. The Monroe County couple, who learned the tricks of the apple industry trade from Robert Musgrave during the 2003 growing season, now feel totally prepared to go it alone.Andy and Amy’s vision is simple and down to earth: to carry on the long-standing Musgrave family tradition by using hard work, love of the land, and a little bit of luck to make the orchard business a resounding success. Yet, what you’ll see at the old red farm market out on Old SR 37 North may be much different than in years gone by. Visitors will step into a cozy, down home environment, where they’ll discover delicious local apples, freshly-pressed cider, yogurt, homemade soaps, locally produced honey, pumpkins, arts, a variety of crafts, fresh eggs, Amish butter, and charm that you’ll see nowhere else. In other words, you’ll discover a little piece of heaven on earth.Across the decades, the orchard has produced nine varieties of delicious apples.
Red Frazier Bison Ranch is located on 225 acres in the rolling hills of Greene County and is home to a growing herd of North American Bison, also called buffalo.Bison meat is a lean, tender, and nutrient-dense meat. Its natural flavors and sweeter taste make it an easy substitute in any red-meat recipe. Bison is higher in iron and protein than beef and lower in fat and cholesterol than both skinless chicken and salmon. With its health benefits and local availability, bison is quickly becoming the natural alternative to today’s mass produced beef.Red Frazier Bison Ranch is operated by a group of friends with a passion for nature, bison, hard work, and providing a quality product to their community. We are committed to growing the bison population the way nature intended – free of growth hormones, antibiotics, and artificial reproduction practices. Left to their natural instincts, bison are highly adaptable and extremely rugged which is largely responsible for their steadily growing population. We are proud to be participating in the restoration of an American icon. Bison once sustained families for hundreds of years and are again poised to become the source of a healthy and delicious meat for generations of families to come.
Set in the rolling hills of South-central Indiana, Strangers Hill Organics is a small farm business specializing in Certified Organic produce. Operated as Strangers Hill by founders Dale and Lee Jones for over 30 years, our farm and greenhouse operation has been Certified Organic since 1989, the oldest continually Certified Organic farm in Indiana. In December of 2007, operations were expanded with the purchase of the historic 80-acre Howard Farm, next door to the original Strangers Hill farm. Joining founders Dale and Lee Jones in the new venture are Rick Dietz, George Huntington, Heather Reynolds and Dave Rollo. Each brings a wide range of experience and expertise. With the addition of new landâ€”continuously farmed since 1816 and just 6.5 miles from downtown Bloomingtonâ€”we have increased our production significantly and widened our distribution under the Strangers Hill Organics brand. Strangers Hill Organics produce and bedding plants are available from early spring until late fall at your nearby Bloomingfoods Co-op locations, Wholefoods in Indianapolis and at the Bloomington Farmers Market on Saturday and the Tuesday market as well. Taste the best the earth can offerâ€¦ as local as it gets!
When I started my business 18 years ago, I knew there were other chileheads across the US. What a pleasure it has been to discover so many of you share my passion. I prefer not to grow hybrids and favor the superior taste of open-pollinated varieties. Keeping heirloom seeds alive and viable is the key to preserving our biogenetic diversity. The flooding that wiped out my 1998 crop really drove home the point of how fragile an individual seed bank can be. Large commercial agricultural companies focus more and more on hybrids that reduce the varieties the home gardener can try, especially if they wish to try their hand at seed saving. With the controversy surrounding patented and bioengineered seed, I am more than ever committed to preserving and sharing chile seeds. Even though I have bred some of my own varieties, I would never dream of patenting them. Chiles are meant to be shared. Although I do not sell seeds, I am always willing to trade. If you are looking for a type of pepper or are fondly remembering a chile from a past family garden, please let me know. I will do my best to track it down and make it available to chile lovers everywhere.My plants always have been and always will be grown naturally, without any chemicals or pesticides. No federal certification labelling program will change the way that I farm. We have a term in Indiana to describe agricultural products that are produced naturally and sustainably: Hoosierganic. When you see our Hoosierganic logo, you know you are purchasing a product that has been produced with methods to protect our environment and for future generations as well.Products available at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market, and our greenhouse at 1704 Weimer Road.