Salsa Contest 2014 - Enter Now!

Bloomingfoods and Parks and Recreation are teaming up again to bring you the 26th annual Salsa Contest at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market from 10am-12pm on Saturday, August 23rd. The contest begins at 10am with nine local judges tasting salsas in raw, cooked, and specialty categories, with winners announced around 11am. Gather at Showers Plaza just outside of City Hall to witness Master of Ceremonies Steve Krahnke of WTIU, Greg “Rags” Rago of Nick’s English Hut’s famous salsa-making demo, a salsa (the dance kind) performance from Arthur Murray dance studio, and partake in a free salsa tasting yourself! Whether you are preparing your favorite recipe(s) for the event ahead of time or sampling scrumptious salsas the day of, this event is fun for everyone! If you are interested in participating in the Salsa Contest, the instructions on how to do so are below. 

First, second, and third place winners in each category will be awarded prizes from BIRA, Bloom Magazine, Bloomingfoods, The Chile Woman, The Chocolate Moose, Friends of Art Bookshop, Goods for Cooks, JL Waters, the Local Growers Guild, Parks and Recreation, Revolution Bike and Bean, and Uptown Café, and more!


  • Pick up a salsa contest packet at Bloomingfoods East or Near West Side store. There is a $5, non-refundable entry fee for each packet.
  • Use the utmost care and cleanliness in preparing your salsa. Please do NOT prepare extremely hot salsa: it will be disqualified at the first sign of a burning tongue.
  • All salsa must be prepared on Friday, August 22nd and be delivered to either Bloomingfoods East or Near West Side by 8pm.
  • All eligible salsa must be entirely made-from-scratch. Whenever possible, use fresh, locally-grown, unblemished ingredients, with no artificial flavorings, preservatives, additives, or prepared hot sauces.
  • Raw and cooked salsas must be tomato-based or tomatillo-based.
  • Specialty salsa may contain either/both raw and cooked ingredients, including tomatoes and/or fruit, but it may NOT have a tomato base.
  • There is a limit of three entries per person, one in each category.
  • To win and receive your prizes, you or a representative must be present at the Farmers’ Market when winners are announced at approximately 11-11:15 on Saturday, August 23.
  • Judges and their family members are not eligible to participate.
  • All entries must be accompanied by the recipe used. Return the recipe form, the paper bag, and the salsa in the containers provided.
  • You must consent to having your recipe published in the Bloomingfoods e-news and/or on the Bloomingfoods website. Your recipe may also be selected for publication in the Herald-Times. 

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If you have general questions about the Salsa Contest, please contact Marcia Veldman at Bloomington Parks & Recreation: 349-3738 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For inquiries about entry packets or rules, call Emily Winters at Bloomingfoods: 339-4442x110 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Co+op Deals Sale Flyers

Get the current flyer for healthy recipes and a great selection of sale items!

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July 16th - July 29th.



Flat Tire Repair Demo

Got a flat tire? On Sunday, 7/20 at our Elm Heights store, the Bicycle Garage will teach you how to fix your flat. Come by between 1 and 2pm. 

Bloomingfoods Co-op Community Rooms

Thank you for your interest in the Community Rooms at Bloomingfoods. Community Rooms are available to rent for Co-op Members and Community Groups. All use of an Community Room is subject to an approval process. We prioritize staff and member use of our spaces, especially educational events and events that have food. Any individual or group who wishes to rent an Community Room must fill out the Room Rental Request Form and submit it with payment in the store.

Renting the Community Room Space:

  • The Community Room may be rented for a three-hour block of time during hours of 8am to 9pm
  • Room Fee of $50.00 for the general public, $25.00 for Members, $15.00 for non-profit groups. Fee is waived with a Bloomingfoods catering purchase.
  • The reservation is confirmed when the fee is paid in the store.
  • Bloomingfoods employees will have access to the space during your event.
  • Renters are responsible for setting up tables and chairs as needed. Depending on table set up capacity may be reduced.
  • An Community Room can be reserved no more than 8 weeks in advance.
  • All events must be non-discriminatory. Groups will not be allowed to use the Community Rooms if they promote or take prejudiced action with respect to sex, national origin, pregnancy or childbirth, sexual orientation, color, creed, physical ability, religion, marital status, race, ancestry, and age.
  • Admission fees should not be charged for most events that are held in the co-op space. Any event requiring a registration fee must make a special request in advance.
  • Items may not be offered for sale in the Community Rooms.
  • All food or drink that is served in an Community Room must be provided by Bloomingfoods. Alcohol service must have a permit and requires 21 days written notice to Bloomingfoods by the renter. There will be additional fees for alcohol permitting and service. Licensed bartenders are required for beer/wine service and will be billed at $20/hr.
  • Parking at our Near West Side store is extremely limited and is not available for event attendees. Please make alternative parking arrangements or encourage alternative transportation.
  • Renters must be in good standing with the co-op. Any group that has abused the facility or broken a regulation in an earlier use of Bloomingfoods Co-op’s Community or any group that has failed to pay a previous room charge will be prohibited from use of the space.
  • Renters must be 18 years old.
  • Bloomingfoods Co-op reserves the right to refuse use of the room at any time. Views and beliefs expressed in a rental event do not necessarily express the views and beliefs of Bloomingfoods Co-op owners, management, or Board of Directors.
  • The meeting rooms will only be scheduled during hours of 8am to 9pm.
  • Maximum room capacity at the Near West side store is 30 people.
  • Maximum room capacity at the East store is 40 people.
  • Cancellations will be refunded up to three days in advance.


  • Bloomingfoods Co-op has a catering menu available to order for meetings and events. However, arrangements must be made directly with the deli manager at the store where your event is to be held.

Room Cleanup

  • Renters shall return tables and chairs to the dining room setup when finished with their event.
  • The room must be tidied and swept entirely and returned to its original condition.
  • The renter must check out at the Customer Service desk before leaving the building.
  • The checklist for cleaning the room will be provided when you check in.

Contact us:

East Third Street: (812) 336-5400 or Reserve space at the East Third Street store.

Near West Side Store: (812) 333-7312 or Reserve space at the Near West Side Store.

Locations and Hours

Bloomingfoods East

Bloomingfoods East

Daily: 8am-10pm

3220 East Third St
Bloomington, IN 47401-5427


Bloomingfoods Elm Heights

Mon-Sat: 7am - 10pm
Sun: 8am - 9pm

614 E Second Street
Bloomington, IN 47401


Bloomingfoods Ivy Tech

Summer Session (Ending August 24th): M-F: 8am - 4pm

Fall Session (Starting August 25th): M-F: 8am - 6pm 

200 Daniels Way, Room C133
Bloomington, IN 47404


Bloomingfoods Kirkwood

Bloomingfoods Downtown

Mon-Sat: 8am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 5pm

419 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408-4023


Bloomingfoods Near West Side

Bloomingfoods West Sixth Store

Mon-Sat: 7am - 10pm
Sun 8am - 9pm

316 W. Sixth St.
Bloomington, IN 47404-3912


Farmers' Market

Sat: 8am - 1pm (Apr-Sept)
Sat: 9am - 1pm (Oct-Nov)
Tue: 4pm - 7pm (Jun-Sept)

Saturday morning at Bloomington Farmer's Market
401 N. Morton St.
Bloomington, IN 47404

Tuesday afternoon at Bloomingfoods Near West Side
316 W 6th St
Bloomington, IN 47404