Bloomington’s Community Farmers’ Market and A Fair of the Arts is this Saturday

BLOOMINGTON – As the peak gardening season starts, what better place to gather than at your local Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.

Hoosier Honey Celebrates 33 Years at the market

David Vadas started beekeeping in 1988 and at that time had a small display of honey products at the Farmers’ Market.

After David and Rebecca married in 1994, they slowly increased their number of hives so that they could produce more varieties of honey (e.g. black locust, tulip poplar, clover, etc.).

Becky started making crème honey and then learned to make honey soaps, lip balms, skin crème.

Their hives are located in Monroe County, Brown County, and Grant County so that they can produce a variety of honey.

This Saturday, they will have the following items at the Farmers’ Market:

  • Raw Clover Honey
  • Raw Spring Blossom Honey (delicious flavor)
  • Raw Locust Honey (very mild)
  • Honeycomb
  • Crème Honey (spreads like butter)
  • Beeswax
  • Milk & Honey soaps

Peculiar Produce

Nature can offer up some surprises. Occasionally, a farmer may grow an over-sized or odd-shaped fruit or vegetable.

Here is what Melvin Reeves (Morningside Farms) recently harvested.

Here’s some food for thought:

  • Tons of food (literally, many tons) is wasted every year just because of looks.
  • It’s estimated that approximately 20% of produce or more gets thrown out for cosmetic reasons like weird shapes, odd colors, or blemishes on a peel you don’t even eat.
  • That’s 1 in 5 fruits and vegetables getting tossed even though they’re just as nutritious and delicious to eat.
Here are a few more examples of odd and peculiar produce.

A Fair of the Arts is this Saturday

A Fair of the Arts will take place this Saturday, with a variety of local artisan vendors on the brick plaza outside of City Hall.

Come out and peruse the fine crafted items made by local artisans at the market this weekend and every second Saturday of each month throughout the Market season from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. May-September and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in October.

Also, visit A Fair of the Arts at the Tuesday Market on Tuesday, July 12th on the brick plaza north of the Pavilion building, at 1611 Rogers Street.

For more information about A Fair of the Arts, click here.

Contractors have begun final installation of bollards

Bollards were recently installed at the Morton Street entrance of City Hall. 

Contractors have begun the final installation of bollards in the City Hall Parking lot. The removable bollards will be installed just east of the entrance to the CFC lot on the north side of the B-Line plaza.

The City Hall parking lot will not be accessible from Rogers Street via 8th Street. The CFC lot and the Trades District parking garage will still be accessible from Rogers Street via 8th Street. This closure will extend through the weekend into next week to allow the concrete to properly cure.

Once again, these bollards are being installed as a security measure for the Farmers’ Market and other events that might be held at City Hall.

Officials apologize for any inconvenience.

Farmers’ Market Advisory Council

The Farmers’ Market Advisory Council represents Market vendors, customers and food and beverage artisans. The Council acts in an advisory capacity on policy matters relating to the Farmers’ Market. The next Meeting is scheduled forMonday, July 18, 5:30-7 p.m.