Despite the chilly weather, a crowd of people gathered at this spring’s opening of the farmers’ market. Customers bought fresh greens, ate pastries and clutched bouquets of flowers in their arms as they walked through Showers Common.The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market opened Saturday. The market is open each Saturday from April to November. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are several new vendors this year,
including Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood, Greenskeeper Foods and Kind Kombucha.Since it is still early in the year, many people are growing their produce in greenhouses or hoophouses, market assistant Crystal Ritter said. Common products for this time of year include vegetables like chard, arugula, beets, radishes and green onions.The market always includes items like cheese, meat, eggs and baked goods, Ritter said.Saturday’s market included a demonstration by Bloomington Hop Jockeys, which is a club for home brewing beer.As club members brewed multiple beers at the market, Hop Jockey member John Riddle showed customers the various grains used in home brewing and explained the process of making beer. The ingredients that can be used in home-brewed beer include chocolate malt, rye and hops, he said.“It’s a very dynamic range of flavors,” he said. “It’s almost infinite, the spectrum of flavors you can get.”Kind Kombucha, a local
business that specializes in a fermented tea called kombucha, appeared at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market for the first…
Read The Rest of The Story Here.