Farmers Market logo Dec 2012

Information Group Guidelines and Agreement Form (PDF 464.80 KB)

Thank you for your interest in setting up an informational table at the City of Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and explored. In order to provide an atmosphere in which open communication can occur without disrupting the other activities of Market, please follow the guidelines for the Saturday Market. The guidelines are paraphrased below.

Locations: Info Alley

There are two areas where groups may set up to distribute information. One has a weekly fee associated with it, and the other does not.

Fee Area - Groups may set up tables on the west side of Market, along the 8th Street entrance, near the Farmers' Market Plaza on the B-Line Trail (see the map on the Agreement Form) during the Saturday Market. There are boundary lines and numbers marked on the pavement indicating the spaces available for groups to set up.

Free Area - Groups may set up on the east side of the B-Line Trail, just north of 8th Street (see the map on the Agreement Form), during the Saturday Market. There are no markings in the grass, but groups should limit their space to approximately 6' x 6' and situate it off the Trail by at least two feet.

Registration and Cost to Participate

When renting a space by the week, materials need to be turned in to the Parks office one week in advance of tabling or can be turned in to the staff at the Market Information table on the first day the group participates. Groups may pay ahead for multiple weeks and the amount paid ahead will be recorded by Market staff. Please note: paying ahead in this manner does not guarantee a group the use of the same space from week to week. This is only possible when reserving for all the remaining Market Saturdays.

How to Access a Space in the Fee Area

Unloading/Loading and Parking

There is no vehicle access for info groups to the Market and Info Alley area. City parking restrictions are enforced on Saturdays.

Equipment

Groups must provide their own tables and chairs. Any type of shelter (tent, umbrella, etc.) and/or sign used by a group must fit within the 6' x 6' space and be securely weighted/tied down.

Additional Guidelines

The registering group respresentative is responsible for ensuring this information is shared with all members of the group who may be assisting with the information table. If you have questions or concerns please contact Robin Hobson at (812) 349-3738 or via e-mail at hobsonr@bloomington.in.gov.

Weather Policy

During Market hours, a staff member inside City Hall will monitor weather radar if inclement weather takes a turn to the severe. The staff member will remain in close contact with the Market Master. If sudden or unpredicted severe weather is imminent, the Market Master will notify the Market buskers. At any time participants can go into City Hall and ask the Market assistant for a weather update.

In the event of thunder, lightning, high winds, tornado, hail or other severe weather at the Market, participants are advised to take shelter in the downstairs interior hallway of City Hall. In the case of heavy rain, thunder or lightning, if participants cannot take cover in the building, then they may alternatively take shelter in an enclosed vehicle with a metal roof and closed windows, taking care not to touch the metal frame of the vehicle until the threat has passed.

The Monroe County emergency sirens sound with a steady tone in the event that the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the county or if emergency personnel have sighted a funnel cloud or tornado. At the time of the siren sounding, the Market Master will alert Market patrons that the downstairs interior hallway of City Hall is the safest nearby location to seek shelter until the threat has passed. The tornado siren will sound for five minutes, but the cessation of the siren does not necessarily mean that the threat of tornado has passed. Market staff will notify participants in City Hall when it is safe to return to the Market.