Bloomington Farmers’ Market Highlights Local Talent and Seasonal Produce

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — June 20, 2024

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is set to feature a variety of local vendors, fresh produce, and entertainment this Saturday, June 22.

Travis Dekoker, known as “The Lavender Man” of Lavender Valley Farm, will be spotlighted this weekend. A veteran vendor since 2012, Dekoker has returned to the market after a brief hiatus to sell a limited supply of lavender plants. Dekoker, who transitioned from working in a clock shop to managing his family’s farm, chose lavender for its self-sufficiency and unique appeal. Market-goers are encouraged to purchase a bundle while supplies last.

As peach season arrives, several vendors are bringing tree-ripened peaches to the market. Peaches are at their best from June through August, offering optimal flavor when purchased locally.

Last Saturday, young artisans, growers, and food and beverage vendors thrived under sunny skies during the second annual Youth at the Market Day. Nearly 35 tables were occupied by young entrepreneurs selling their creations. The event also featured a scavenger hunt, youth entertainment, and craft activities, including handmade Father’s Day cards.

The market’s musical entertainment was highlighted by a performance from the JDRD Combo, a local high school quartet featuring Nathaniel Jimenez (piano), Elvin Debruicker (saxophone), Max Rose (bass), and Elvin Deckard (drums). They were joined by members of Reimagining Opera for Kids, a local community arts organization.

This Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes Caleb Ely of Ronin Music, who will perform at 8:30 a.m. Ely, known for his work with the group “53 Thieves,” offers a blend of hip-hop, R&B, and disco. Following Ely at 10:45 a.m. are Derrick and Olivia, a local duo who began performing together in junior high and officially formed their act in 2020.

In addition to entertainment, the “Mayor’s Team at the Table” outreach program will allow market-goers to engage with city officials. This Saturday, Anna Killion-Hanson, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development, will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health will also be present to provide free COVID-19 and flu vaccines. The IDOH van will be located near the market entrance off Morton Street.

Market visitors are reminded that pets are not permitted in any farm product or food vending areas to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is held at Switchyard Park, 1611 S. Rogers St., with Tuesday Market continuing through September. For more information, visit the Bloomington Parks and Recreation website.

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