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Farmers Market logo Dec 2012

Sunday, September 25 from 2-6:45 p.m. Bus departs City Hall at 2 p.m.

Location: Good Life Farms and Red Frazier Bison Ranch
$30 per person

Register by 9/20 (Code: 66501-A)

Don't care to register online? Fill out the program registration form and mail it with your payment to the Parks and Recreation Department. (PDF 119.49 KB)

There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Prior to the deadline, Sept. 20, there is a $3 administrative fee for cancellations.

More information: Contact Marcia at 812.349.3738 or via e-mail at veldmanm@bloomington.in.gov

General Description

This fall the Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour features a tour of Good Life Farm followed by dinner and a tour at Red Frazier Bison Ranch.

Good Life Farms, has been growing hydroponic vegetables for 10 years. They grow hydroponic lettuce, arugula, watercress, and basil. In addition to their hydroponic operation, Good Life Farms grow field grown heirloom cherry tomatoes and Cherokee Purple tomatoes. They recently built temperature and humidity controlled rooms for button and Portobello mushroom production. Their first crop of mushrooms will be ready this spring, and they will be the only button mushroom grower in Indiana!

The hydroponic operation started with 120 hydroponic channels, and has grown to include 340 channels, capable of producing 100,000 heads of lettuce a year. The new mushroom rotations will triple the farm's operations. To keep up with expansion, Good Life Farms is hoping to expand their staff in the coming year to continue to meet the needs of the Bloomington community.

Red Frazier Bison Ranch is located in the rolling hills of Greene County and is home to a growing herd of North American bison, also called buffalo. The ranch is operated by a group of friends with a passion for nature, bison, hard work, and providing a quality product to their community. They are committed to growing the bison population the way nature intended - free of growth hormones, steroids, and artificial reproduction practices. A great deal of effort goes into the health and well-being of the herd through the use of low-stress handling practices and sustainable land management. Left to their natural instincts, bison are highly adaptable and extremely rugged which is largely responsible for their steadily growing population. Red Frazier Bison is proud to be participating in the restoration of an American icon. Bison once sustained families for hundreds of years and are again poised to become the source of a healthy and delicious meat for generations of families to come.

Bison is the most nutrient rich meat available to consumers. It has a higher proportion of protein and minerals in relation to its calorie content than beef, pork, chicken, and even salmon. It is also an excellent source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin B12. Bison is a lean, tender, and dense meat that tends to satisfy more while eating less. Red Frazier has a variety of bison meat available for purchase. Classic steak cuts like filets, rib-eyes, and sirloins are great for grilling, and burger is available by the pound, or in pre-made patties for your convenience. Slow cooking a roast or brisket provides countless recipe options with simple meal preparation. Its natural flavors and sweeter taste make bison an easy substitute in any red-meat recipe.

The evening will culminate in a simply delicious meal of soup made with local ingredients, bread from Muddy Fork Bakery and cookies from Bloomingfoods Market and Deli.

Co-sponsored by the Local Growers Guild, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Harvest Moon Flower Farm, and Muddy Fork Bakery.

Guest Tips and Itinerary


For more information about the Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour, contact the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market at farmersmarket@bloomington.in.gov or call (812) 349-3738.