The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market exists to extend the farmers’ market season and increase the availability of fresh produce and other local products throughout the four seasons of the year. We seek to encourage direct contact between producer and consumer and increase understanding of local food economy issues. We strive to produce and provide the greatest possible varieties of local foods while working together in a cooperative atmosphere to ensure the success of the market.
Linda Chapman founded the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market in 2004 with financial support from Slow Foods. From 2007-2013, the Local Growers’ Guild provided administrative support through a collaborative relationship with the market. Since the 2013-2014 season, the market has been a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.
Our Advisory Council
- Rosie Sill, Earth Song Farm, President
- Teresa Birtles, Heartland Family Farm, Vice-President
- Seth Lehman, Customer Representative, Treasurer
- Audrey Cyr, Customer Representative, Secretary
- Jim Baughman, Freedom Valley Farm, Member-at-large
- Chester Lehman, Olde Lane Orchard, Member-at-large
- Tom Doak, Customer Representative, Member-at-large
Our Market Master: Bobbi Boos
Bobbi’s long-standing commitment to the local food system includes field work and vending for multiple organic farms, co-founding the Local Growers Guild, and coordinating the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden program. In 2012, Bobbi along with John Perry started Sundry Farm, which strives to create a diverse and integrated environment. The farm’s current focus is on root crops and compost production. Bobbi was a vendor of the first Winter Market and is excited to return as the Market Master.