Farmer's Market Accepting Food Stamps

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market has been a locus of vibrant life in downtown Bloomington for over 33 years. Fresh peaches, corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and squash are among the seasonal items the market currently offers its customers. You’ll find an amazing variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, bedding plants, flowers, and prepared foods, including those offered in the sunflower-covered van by Bloomingfoods.

On August 18, 2007, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market became the first farmers’ market in the state of Indiana to accept food stamp benefits. The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is now piloting a program that upon its success will allow other farmers’ markets across the state to accept food stamp benefits.

Our local market was already participating in WIC and senior farmers’ market nutrition programs, providing low income seniors and individuals receiving WIC benefits the opportunity to purchase local fresh produce. With the addition of food stamp benefits, the market will become even more open and inviting to all members of the community.

It’s simple: food stamp recipients may participate in the program by bringing their current EBT card to the atrium of City Hall during market hours. EBT benefits may then be exchanged for Market Bucks, paper vouchers printed in $3 increments that may be used to purchase eligible food products. Eligible food products are those outlined by food stamp regulations, observed throughout the state by all markets and grocery stores. Market Bucks may be redeemed any time throughout the market season, at both the Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning markets.

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is open every Tuesday evening from 3 pm to 6 pm during the months of June through September. Saturday market hours are from 8 am to 1 pm, May through September; 9 am to 1 pm in October and November. A special Holiday Market is open on November 24 from 10 am to 3 pm, offering seasonal arts and crafts, produce, holiday greens, and Christmas trees.

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market attempts to accommodate the transportation needs of all patrons by providing parking, access for those with disabilities, and bike racks for those using alternative travel. The market is on Bloomington Transit bus route 2, and is located at Showers Common, 401 North Morton Street, next to City Hall. Walkers are certainly always welcome!

The farmers’ market hosts a variety of FREE events for all patrons, including music by local musicians.

  • On September 29th there will be a chef demonstration at approximately 11:30 am.
  • On October 20th you can enjoy apple tasting and additional nutrition education from 9 am to 11:30 am.
  • There will be soup tasting on November 3rd, with soups prepared by local chefs.

Stop by the Farmers’ Market for music, food, crafts, relaxation, and a chance to meet friends, farmers, and neighbors! And look for The Farmers’ Market Book, published by Indiana University Press, Quarry Books imprint, and written by local growers and writers Jennifer Meta Robinson and Jeff Hartenfeld. It’s on sale at the market and at Bloomingfoods.

With information from Lori Appler
AmeriCorp Member and Farmers’ Market Assistant City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation