In response to the heightened threat from white supremacists like Brien James and gun rights advocates like Gary Weddell of the Three Percenters, the City of Bloomington chose to shut down the market. While we are glad the City is taking action, we are deeply concerned about the effect this closure will have on vendors. NSFH wishes that the City had acted sooner to investigate SCF, especially the claims of harassment against them. While we appreciate the Mayor using the press conference to denounce white supremacy, we wish he would have done so immediately after learning about Dye and Mackey’s activities. Perhaps a closure could have been avoided.
NSFH is proud to be able to provide information about options the public has for supporting vendors. Our members, which include vendors and local small business owners, have worked tirelessly since the Mayor’s announcement to find and create options for affected businesses. Vendors wishing to learn more about any of these opportunities can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- An alternative Saturday market hosted by Bloomingfoods and the Monroe County Grower’s Association in the old K-mart parking lot adjacent to 3220 East Third Street from 8:00am-1:00pm. Contact Bobbi Boos at 812-272-3656 for more information.
- A list of vendors you can contact for direct purchase and/or who will make their produce available at other venues; we make frequent updates to this list so please check it often: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vYdJgI8-a5oop31YZS3C-X9llT2tbkwAqMhCjyjZe6k/edit?usp=sharing
- NSFH’s CRiSP program, which allows us to buy products at market price from vendors and donate those products to local non-profits: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funds-for-farmers-no-space-for-hate
- Write to us on our Facebook page or email@example.com if you have specific questions about products you need or vendors you want to contact