(BLOOMINGTON) – The Bloomington Farmers Tuesday Market will open today the season from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Pavilion at Switchyard Park, on South Rogers Street.
Eight farmer vendors will sell on-site with an array of fresh produce including peaches, green beans, blueberries, and tomatoes.
The first half-hour of shopping, from 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., is reserved for people who are at a higher risk of contracting an illness.
The new location for Tuesday Market, which was formerly held downtown, offers easier access for southside neighborhood residents. Free parking is also available at the Switchyard Park parking lots off South Rogers Street and Grimes Lane. To visit the Tuesday Market via Bloomington Transit, take #2 South Rogers/Countryview.
The Bloomington Parks Foundation is continuing its support of the Double Market Bucks program at the Tuesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets by increasing the doubling amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at the Market from $18 to $27 per Market day for the remainder of the 2020 season. SNAP participants may use up to $27 in EBT benefits to purchase up to $54 in “Market Bucks,” which can be used just like cash to purchase qualifying items from Market vendors.
The Tuesday Market will operate in compliance with current public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including limiting the number of people that enter the Tuesday Market area at any one time, requiring Market vendors to wear face masks, and following recommended physical distancing of at least six feet between people.
Errand Service Program
Area 10 Agency on Aging has an errand service program, offering assistance with pick up of groceries. Volunteers are paired with community members in need of assistance in safely accessing groceries, including those from the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. If you’re interested in signing up or learning more about this opportunity, you can complete this intake form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amy at 812-269-2808.
On-line Customer Information
For online customers, in order to balance customer traffic through the day, we’ve been assigning times for pick up based on the customer’s last name. This is to be used as a guide. If you can’t come during your assigned time slot, please, still come you will not be turned away.
The online store opened Today at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 1,000 customer orders, or until Thursday, June 18 at 11:59 p.m. Pick up takes place Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St., with pick up times based on the first initial of your last name with the following the schedule as a guide:
- 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with A-Be
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with Bf-Bz
- 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with C-D
- 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with E-G
- 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with H-J
- 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with K-L
- 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pickup for last names beginning with M-O
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pickup for last names beginning with P-R
- 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pickup for last names beginning with S
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pickup for last names beginning with T-Z
For up-to-date information about participating vendors, visit the online store. More information is also available on the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market website or by sending an email to email@example.com.