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Sunday, July 24 from 4-8:30 p.m. See the itinerary below for details on times.
Location: Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard with an optional tour of Maple Valley Farm. Guests driving on their own will be sent directions in advance. Both locations are less than a half hour from downtown Bloomington. Guests taking the buses will leave from and return to City Hall.

If riding the bus, register by 7/19 (Code: 56501-A)

If driving on your own, register by 7/19 (Code: 56501-B)

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, July 19, there is a $3 administrative fee for cancellations.

More information: Contact Marcia at 812.349.3738 or via e-mail at

General Description

This summer the Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour features a tour of Maple Valley Farm followed by wine tasting, vineyard tour and a farm to fork meal at Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard.

The Howard family has operated Maple Valley Farm just northwest of Bloomington since 2004. They use the highest standards of production in their pastured meat and eggs, including biomimicry and management-intensive grazing. Harvest Partners is a member-owned livestock sourcing partnership sponsored by Maple Valley Farm. Partners receive a share of the livestock raised: 100% grass fed organic beef, lamb and goat; pasture-raised eggs; woodland ranged pork, and pasture-raised chicken and turkey.

Opened in 1972, Oliver Winery has grown to become the oldest and largest winery in the Midwest. Their mission is to connect people through wine. The Creekbend Vineyard represents Oliver Winery's commitment to the production of great wine from Indiana-grown grapes. Using the best practices known, they manage this vineyard with one objective: To make the best wine possible. Their Monroe County site is ideally suited for growing wine grapes. The hilltop location and well-drained limestone soil provide the best environment for vine health. The long, warm summers allow them to ripen the broadest range of grapes, including challenging varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Since the Creekbend Vineyard was re-born in 1994, their wines have gained a national reputation for quality.

The evening will culminate in a dinner prepared by local chefs from No Coast Reserve and Function Brewing, including vegetarian and vegan options. Oliver Winery will sample their wines during the cocktail hour and live music will round out the event. It is a farm-to-fork experience you will not want to miss.

The tour is co-sponsored by the Local Growers Guild, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Harvest Moon Flower Farm, No Coast Reserve, Function Brewing, Maple Valley Farm and Oliver Winery and Vineyard.

Guest Tips and Itinerary

Tentative itinerary for people taking the bus:

Tentative itinerary for people driving on their own:
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Optional Open House at Maple Valley Farm with a guided tour at 4:15 p.m.
  • 5-6 p.m. Optional wine tasting at the Creekbend Vineyard
  • 6 p.m. Guided tour of the Creekbend Vineyard
  • 7 p.m. Dinner at the Creekbend Vineyard


A feast of German-inspired food prepared with the highest quality and most local ingredients possible:
  • Appetizers by Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
  • Dinner and Desserts by No Coast Reserve and Function Brewing
Obatzda (cheese spread), beer bread, pickled vegetables
Deviled pickled eggs
Rotkohl (apple-braised cabbage)
German potato salad
Chicken schnitzel with Jaeger sauce
Liverwurst with beer mustard
Sauerbraten-marinated cauliflower steak
Summer fruit strudel
Linzer & pfeffernusse cookies

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