Soup Tasting Saturday at Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market

(BLOOMINGTON) – The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market presents the 13th annual Soup Tasting Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Tasting is free and takes place while supplies last.

Local chefs from area restaurants celebrate the late-season gifts from farm and field with a delightful array of savory soups. Soup Tasting features vegan, vegetarian and meat soup options. Soup Tasting is free, and sampling is warmly encouraged!  

Participating restaurants include:

  • FARMBloomington
  • Feast
  • Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program
  • Lennie’s Restaurant and Brew Pub
  • Osteria Rago
  • Sahara Mart
  • Sweet Grass

Other chefs and restaurants may join the Soup Tasting event this week.

Saturday’s Entertainment

9 a.m.-1 p.m.Naturalist at Market nature interpretation for all ages
10:30 a.m.-noonMayor at Market Philippa Guthrie, Corporate Counsel
10:30 a.m.Soup Tasting sampling seasonal soups

This month’s featured vendor is Stonewall Maple Syrup.

David Ray’s grandpa taught him the technique of processing tree sap into maple syrup. While they worked on a small scale with 5 trees, David had bigger dreams. He put his life savings into buying the processing equipment from someone who was leaving the business. This man taught David how to use the equipment and after a very steep learning curve.

David is now in his fifth year of maple syrup production. David has 300 taps on his family’s property in Bedford and processes the sap in a historic barn in Bloomington.

Each year he acquires more equipment and has grown from 30 to 70 gallons per year, Come visit his booth and purchase some of the tasty maple syrup. He also sells vegetables and mushrooms.

Parking at Famers’ Market

Free Farmers’ Market parking is located around the expanded boundaries of the Farmers’ Market.

Park for free in the grass lot at Rogers and 11th Streets. Enter the grass lot from 10th Street.

Free parking also available: West Lot, in spaces NOT marked “Reserved”, in the Showers Red Permit Lot, and in the IU EM-S Permit Lot. Parking in the Morton Street Garage at 7th and Morton Streets is free during Farmers’ Market hours of 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Take a ticket upon entering the garage and bring the ticket inside City Hall for validation.

On-street parking is available at the meters for $1/hour.

Wheelchair accessible parking can be found on the south end of the West Lot (across from the Bloomington Banquet sculpture on the B-Line Trail) and on Morton Street.

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market continues through the month of November every Saturday from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. The season culminates with the Holiday Market on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.