Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market salutes 50-year legacy of supporting small farm vendors

BLOOMINGTON – This Saturday, during Memorial Day Weekend, help the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market salute a 50-year legacy of providing a means for supporting small farm vendors, food and beverage artisans, and hundreds of thousands of local and visiting customers.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary, vendors will proudly display a commemorative pennant identifying the number of years they have participated at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. Be sure to congratulate new and seasoned vendors as you venture around the Market this Saturday.

This Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., a commemorative proclamation will be delivered accompanied by greetings, and Market reflections will be read by Farmers’ Market Advisory Council members.

Vendors and customers will be invited to preserve their reflections at a 50th Anniversary oral history station and a “reflection banner.” Along with Market merchandise, there will be fun games and giveaways for patrons of all ages.

In honor of the 50th, be sure to pose for a caricature rendering by local artist Dan Alexander or get a face painting by Sarah Sackmann. They will be stationed on the Fernandez Plaza near the City Hall steps.

Stop by the Farmers’ Market Info Table to purchase a commemorative tote bag.

Music at the Market

Leading off a double-header are Steve Plessinger and Marina Stant. They call the hills of southern Indiana home.

Steve Plessinger and Marina Stant

Steve began his musical journey playing in early bands Junior Lewis and Mykelti. Violinist and vocalist Marina Stant has previously performed at the Hill Folk Music Series in Brown County. She joins Steve to perform Americana, folk, blues, country, and rock.

Please arrive early to hear their performance at 8:30 a.m. on the Circular Stage. 

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market welcomes Emma Richards back to the circular stage. For over five years, Emma has been singing and playing guitar at local venues.

Emma Richards

She plays a variety of genres, including covers of The Lumineers, The Beatles, Counting Crows, Cage the Elephant, Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Train, Bill Withers, Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Jack Johnson, Noah Cyrus, and many more. Her performance begins at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday.