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City of Bloomington, Indiana

Sunday, July 9 from 4-8:30 p.m. Bus departs City Hall at 4:15 p.m.

Location: Blue Hour Farm and Marble Hill Farm
$50 per person

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

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

This summer the Homegrown Indiana Farm Tour features an optional tour of Blue Hour Farm followed by social hour, a tour and a farm-to-fork meal at Marble Hill Farm.

Blue Hour Farm is a 3.3-acre vegetable farm located in the rolling hills of Van Buren Township on the southwestern side of Bloomington. Utilizing more than 10 years of experience on other local farms, Grant Pershing uses all organic practices as well as some permaculture techniques including no-till raised beds, water catchment, beneficial insect habitats, polyculture and perennial plantings. Grant’s goals include growing healthy and nutrient-dense food for a CSA, some wholesale, and the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.

Marble Hill Farm, located in southwestern Monroe County, is owned and managed by Kip and Whitney Schlegel and is in its 20th year of operation. The 150-acre farm sits on one of the highest points in the county and consists of pasture and woodlands.  More than 200 animals live on the farm, including Angus cattle for beef, Shetland sheep for wool, pastured poultry for eggs and horses, donkeys, waterfowl, dogs and cats for pleasure.

Marble Hill Farm began its operation with six Lowline Angus heifers that have since grown into a herd of 40. The first to market beef at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, the farm recently received the first USDA grass-fed beef certification issued in southern Indiana. The addition of Shetland sheep has enhanced the beauty of the farm in both their presence and the fine wool they produce, some of which is hand-dyed with plants grown on the farm.

The farm recently received two grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve soil health and forage growth to further implement a multi-species rotational grazing system. The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District (MCSWCD) has also provided expertise and funding to support land stewardship on the farm.  A third NRCS grant has equipped the farm with a second high tunnel for extending the growing season of produce and specialty crops. Marble Hill farm engages in a variety of community partnerships, including Girls Inc., the Banneker Community Center, WonderLab and Indiana University, designed to increase farm-based education and experiential learning opportunities.  Inquires about partnerships and farm visits are welcome.   

The evening will culminate in a Mediterranean dinner prepared by local chefs from C3 Bar and Truffles (see menu below). It is a farm-to-fork experience you will not want to miss. Click here to register.

Menu

Appetizers
Baba ganoush and hummus with pita
Crudite with Tzatziki
Dukka with bread

Mains
Beef roast gyros
Falafel
Jerusalem salad
Lemon roasted potatoes

Dessert
Honey, pistachio cheesecake bites

General Tips and Itinerary

  • Dress comfortably. Other than the travel time, we will be outside, walking on uneven terrain.
  • You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen and water.
  • The tour will take place rain or shine. The schedule may be altered in the event of severe weather.
  • Guests may either drive themselves or take a bus. Be sure to use the correct code when registering if you plan to take the bus. The buses are NOT air conditioned, but it’s less than a half-hour drive. People driving on their own will receive directions to the farm in advance.
  • Beer and wine will be available for $4 per glass.
  • Tentative Itinerary for People Taking the Bus
    • 3:45 p.m.       Check-in begins at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington (for those taking the bus)
    • 4:15p.m.       Buses depart City Hall
    • 4:30 p.m.      Guided Tour of Blue Hour Farm
    • 5:45 p.m.      Arrive for social hour at Marble Hill Farm
    • 6:15 p.m.      Guided tour of Marble Hill Farm
    • 7:15 p.m.      Dinner at Marble Hill Farm
    • 9:15 p.m.      Buses return to City Hall
       
  • Tentative Itinerary for People Driving on Their Own
    • 4-5:30 p.m.           Optional Open House at Blue Hour Farm
    • 4:30 p.m.              Optional guided tour of Blue Hour Farm
    • 5:15-6:15 p.m.      Optional  social hour at Marble Hill Farm
    • 6:15 p.m.              Guided tour of Marble Hill Farm
    • 7:15 p.m.              Dinner at Marble Hill Farm

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, Harvest Moon Flower Farm, Big Woods Bloomington, C3 Bar and Truffles.

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