Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market shares the benefits of seedlings and seed starting

BLOOMINGTON – Starting your vegetables indoors is a wonderful way to take control of your food system, add variety and even save money on the total cost of raising a garden. So, after digesting the following benefits, pick up some seedlings or a pack of seeds at the Bloomington Community Farmers Market.

Benefit 1: Seedlings and seed starting ensure you get what you need when you need it.

Benefit 2: Seedlings and seed starting give you more options and variety. When you buy starts from a local greenhouse center, often options are limited. Purchasing at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market opens the doors to a wide variety of options with nearly all vegetable types!

Benefit 3: Seed starting saves you money. Growing a garden is a wonderful way to save money and live cheaply throughout the summer months. Think about it. A packet of 25-50 pepper, eggplant, or tomato seeds only costs a dollar or two, meaning each seed costs you a few cents (at most).

Benefit 4: Seed starting enables you to seed save. As a frugal homemaker and gardener, you’ll like saving your own garden seed! Not only does it decrease the cost of growing a garden every year, but over time, plants will adjust to this climate and will be stronger and healthier because of it.​​​​​​​

Benefit 5: Seedlings and seed starting make gardening more rewarding! There’s something special about planting seedlings or seeds, watering and watching them grow. And on harvest day, the sense of satisfaction and pride is deep and real.

Saturday’s performance at the Farmers’ Market features Nicholas Graham Hall and returning duo Psychic!

Songwriter-Singer, Nicholas Graham Hall embraces songwriting as an opportunity to tell a story in a couple of hundred words and a few chords. Words deliver the message and music delivers the mood. His songs are often autobiographical in nature, some are based on imaginary personas, while others express feelings about challenging issues like relationships, politics, and the environment. Catch his performance at 9:45 a.m.this Saturday

Psychic is the duo of Adam Sommer and Ben Myers. Their guitars weave songs into evocative landscapes. References could include bicycle rides, nighttime campfires, Pink Floyd’s Medley, late 90’s/early 00’s Sonic Youth, a less bombastic Young Team-era Mogwai, or a more mantra-oriented form of the YES rock band. Psychic returns this Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

“A Fair of the Arts” Returns to the Saturday Farmers’ Market

A Fair of the Arts kicked off its 2022 season last Saturday with over 25 local artisan vendors on the brick plaza outside of City Hall and on the west end of the market near the B-Line.

A Fair of the Arts is held on the second Saturdays of the summer season, May through October, downtown next to Bloomington’s City Hall at 401 N. Morton St. in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.

A Fair of the Arts will also be held the second Tuesday of each month, June through September, at Switchyard Park in conjunction with the weekly Tuesday Market.

Mayor at the Market is a community outreach program that invites Market-goers to interact with the mayor and various department heads from the City of Bloomington government. From the arts to potholes – any city-related topic you are interested in is up for discussion. 

Bloomington Legal Department’s Corporation Counsel, Beth Cate

Bloomington Legal Department’s Corporation Counsel, Beth Cate, will be greeting visitors from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at this Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.