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Info Alley at the Saturday Farmers' Market is not currently available, due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

 

2020 Saturday Farmers' Market Informational Table Policy 

Thanks for your interest in setting up an informational table at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. The City of Bloomington 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 at the Market, please follow the guidelines.

Tabling information for the Tuesday Market will be available before the season commences.

Locations – Info Alley (a designated free speech area for the Market):
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 B-Line Cafe (see attached map), during the Saturday Market. There are boundary lines and numbers marked on the pavement indicating the spaces available for groups to use. Representatives of tabling groups may stand in the area immediately in front of their selected space when distributing literature, gathering signatures, or otherwise actively engaging the public. At no time may group members walk through the Market engaging in these activities.
  • Free area: Groups may set up on the east side of the B-Line trail, just north of 8th Street (see map), during the Saturday Market. Markers on the ground designate the boundaries of the 6’ wide space that extends perpendicular from the B-Line to the tree line to the east. Groups may only occupy one space. There are a limited number of spaces available.

Registration and Cost to Participate

  • There is a one-time $10 registration fee for groups using the fee area. Groups using the free area are not charged the registration fee.
  • Any group interested in tabling in either area must submit the agreement form. Groups using the fee area, pay the $10 registration fee and pay at least one week’s fee of $10 in advance.
  • For groups using the fee area, there is an option to rent and reserve the same space week to week by paying the space fees for all remaining Saturdays in the Market season. There are 34 Markets in 2020 between April 4 and November 21 (There is no tabling during Holiday Market).To reserve for every Market will cost $340 plus the $10 registration fee for a total of $350. Any reservations after the start of the season will be pro-rated through the end of the Market season. To be included in the initial assignments of spaces, groups interested in reserving a space must have their registration forms turned in to the Parks office by Monday, March 16, 2020 along with payment. On the registration form, groups need to indicate their top three preferred spaces. Groups who participated starting in 2013, earned one point for each consecutive year of participation through 2019. Staff will assign spaces based on points earned by each group, with the group with the most points being assigned a space first. Groups may rent more than one space. There is a $10 fee associated with each additional space.
  • When renting a space by the week, materials need to be turned in to the Parks office by Thursday in advance of Saturday tabling or these can be turned in to staff at the Market Information Table on the first day the group participates. A Market staff person will collect your payment during Market. 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

  • The Info Alley sign up board (located on the curb at the east end of Info Alley) will be available by 6:30 a.m. (April - September) and 7:30 a.m. (October and November). This only indicates the time the sign-up board is available. Groups do not need to arrive at this time.
  • To claim a space for weekly rental in the fee area, a representative of the group places the group name on the Info Alley sign up board next to the number that corresponds with the number marked on the pavement of the space desired. There are 22 spaces marked.
  • Groups with reserved spaces will have their name affixed to the board next to the space they reserved and are required to be in that space by 8:30 a.m. (April - September) and 9:30 am (October and November) to secure it for the Market day.
  • Groups must wait until 7:45 a.m. (April - September) and 8:45 a.m. (October and November) to access their space for the day, as prior to that time, Info Alley serves as vendor ingress.
  • Groups must vacate their space by 12:45 p.m. each week.
  • Groups are not allowed to save spaces for other groups not yet present.

How to Access Space in the Free Area

  • Free area spaces are available first-come, first-served. There are a limited number of spaces available.

Unloading/Loading and Parking

  • There is no vehicle access for informational groups to the Market and Info Alley area.
  • Between 7:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. groups may pull their vehicle just outside of the Market ‘gates’ near Info Alley to unload/load. Landscaping carts are also available by the Market shed located on the south side of the Market to assist in moving supplies in and out of the Market.
  • City parking is enforced on Saturdays. Groups tabling at Market should park their vehicles during Market hours in the parking lot north of 10th Street at Rogers.

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.
  • Groups must not utilize the railing behind spaces 18-22 for securing signs.

Additional Guidelines

  • Groups may not sell items or actively solicit donations at the Market. A passive donation receptacle is permitted.
  • Any displayed items must be available free of charge.
  • Groups may not give away any items intended for human consumption.
  • Groups may not give away balloons.
  • Groups may not amplify sound.
  • Pets are not permitted in Showers Common (the blacktop area where farm vendors set up), the B-Line Café and the fee area of Info Alley.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted in Showers Common, Showers Plaza during events, the B-Line Café and the fee area of Info Alley.
  • Restrooms are available inside City Hall.
  • On Saturday, June 20, The Taste of Bloomington will be held at Showers Common. To accommodate this event the Market will close one hour early, at noon, and groups will need to vacate their space by 11:45 a.m.

 If you have questions about Info Alley, contact Sarah Mullin at 812.349.3738 or mullins@bloomington.in.gov.