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David W Sep 24, 2011 07:19 AM

I was unable to visit Bloomington this summer but am now planning a spring visit (advance planning is the only way I'll make it)- I was wondering if it is worthwhile to plan an overnight stop on a Friday in order to go to the farmer's market Saturday morning- how much would be available around the 20th of April, and how many vendors could I expect? My main goal is to return to Tallent for dinner, but I always love the summer market.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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  1. pikawicca RE: David W Sep 26, 2011 12:14 PM

    I love the market in April, but pickings are still slim. You can, however, score a great tamale from Feast for breakfast, or check out the offerings of Bloomington's newest food cart, The Happy Pig.

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      nsxtasy RE: pikawicca Oct 7, 2011 08:41 PM

      >> I love the market in April, but pickings are still slim.

      Yup, there's really not a lot of local produce harvested that early in the year. What you see at farmers markets tends to be items that are produced year round and not grown, such as eggs and cheese, along with some packaged items like jams and salsa.

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        pikawicca RE: nsxtasy Oct 8, 2011 06:31 AM

        We have beef, pork, lamb and chicken, as well as lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, ans sweet potatoes early in the spring. (Many of our produce vendors grow in hoop houses throughout the cold months.)

    2. pikawicca RE: David W Oct 7, 2011 07:31 PM

      Forgot to mention the new Darn Good Soup on the west side of the square -- a great place for lunch. They have a dozen or so made-on-the-premises soups every day, some vegetarian/vegan (but I like the meaty soups best). The chef/owner was the head cook at Uptown for many years. This place is worth a visit.

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        David W RE: David W Oct 12, 2011 09:38 AM

        Thanks for the input-I'm not sure how things will work out come spring, but will at the very least make it for dinner one night.

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