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Winter Farmers' Market returns to Bloomington



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Locally produced foods, handmade items and live entertainment will be at the Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market this Saturday. The market runs Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between Dec. 2 and March 31 inside Harmony School at 909 E. Second St. IDS File Photo Buy Photos

Locally produced foods, handmade items and live entertainment will be at the Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market this Saturday.

According to a press release, the market runs Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between Dec. 2 and March 31 inside Harmony School at 909 E. Second St.

“Winter Market is a dynamic experience for the whole family,” the release said. 

Along with expected farmers' market draws, some specialized vendors are available on specific weekends.

On the first Saturday of every month, Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood will sell salmon that is caught sustainably and processed in the same day. Bloomington Precision Sharpening will have a chef at the market to sharpen knives every second and fourth Saturday.

The Winter Market also continues the work of Summer Farmers' Market to provide for and give back to the community. 

Those who use food stamps can double their benefits for up to $18 worth of tokens, meaning they could have  a maximum of $36 to spend at the market with the tokens. Any unused tokens can be brought back and spent another weekend.

In addition, the market offers to buy farmers' unsold food for half price through the Farm to Family Fund and deliver it to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, the Community Kitchen and The Rise! Middleway House transitional housing project.

Gift cards supporting the Farm to Family Fund are for sale at healthfulfoodfund@gmail.com. Through a 2-to-1 matching grant, the purchase of a $10 gift card would actually provide $30 for the fund to buy food and help families.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the market can contact Bobbi Boos at bloomingtonwinterfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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