The BWFM is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors
composed of farmers, prepared food vendors, and customer representatives.
Funding for the Market comes from vendor fees, grants, and donations. In addition,
the BOD hires an independent contractor as the Market Master to manage the
Market. The Market Master represents the Market Board, making Market decisions
based on policy and guidance from the BOD. The BWFM is NOT affiliated with the
City of Bloomington.
History of the BWFM
The BWFM was founded by a small group of farmers with financial support from Slow Foods in 2005. In the first year, the market was only 4 weeks long. With the passing seasons, and a demand and need for a longer winter market, the number of weeks the market was offered in the winter grew until it ran every Saturday December through March. At its inception the BWFM hosted 18 vendors, 4 of whom still vend at our market 16 years later. We currently have 34 vendors. The BWFM resided at Harmony School from 2005 through the spring of 2019, and is moving to the Switchyard Park Pavilion at the beginning of the 2019-2020 winter market season. The BWFM was under the auspices of the LGG from 2007-2013 and from 2013-2019 it was a project of the Center for Sustainable Living. In 2019, the BWFM became an independent non-profit organization.
BWFM Mission Statement
Our mission is 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 variety of local foods while working together in a cooperative atmosphere to ensure the success of the Market.
Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market Board of Directors 2019-2020
Rosie Sill, President – Farm Representative
Louise Miracle, Vice President – Prepared Food Representative
Kathy Aiken, Secretary – Customer Representative
Caitlin Watkins, Treasurer – Customer Representative
Teresa Birtles, Market Manager – Farm Representative
Jeff McEvilly – Farm Representative
Addison Lively – Market Master (firstname.lastname@example.org)