Best Markets in Bloomington, Indiana

bloomington farmers market peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and green beans
bloomington farmers market peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and green beans | © Jeremy Hogan / Alamy Stock Photo
Courtney Johnston

When it comes to food, Bloomington is a Midwestern city that should never be overlooked. This Hoosier college town offers an incredible variety of diverse food options, starting with their incredible food markets. From fresh produce stands to specialty food markets, these are the best vendors to explore in Bloomington.

1. Bloomington Community Farmers Market


Bloomington Farmers Market | © Gemma Billings / Flickr
© Gemma Billings / Flickr

This large, outdoor farmers’ market is one of the most loved in Bloomington. Here, you’ll find vendors offering a variety of local produce, breads, cooked foods, plants, flowers, gifts, jewelry, and much more. You’ll even find specialty meats, cheeses, and pastries. Make a day trip out of this grocery haul by enjoying meals at the market, with plenty of breakfast and lunch options to pick from.

2. B-Town International Market


International Produce | © Southern Foodways Alliance / Flickr
© Southern Foodways Alliance / Flickr

This international market is the place to go in Bloomington for a variety of Asian and Eastern foods. Shoppers will find fresh produce, meat, and a huge selection of non-perishable, frozen, and refrigerated foods. Their shelves are chock-full of authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean ingredients. They can also special order many Asian foods if you don’t see what you’re looking for in stock.

3. Wagon Wheel Custom Meats


Meat Market | © US Department of Agriculture / Flickr
© US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

This meat shop offers a variety of freshly-smoked trip-tip, steaks, and chicken breasts that are ready to throw on the grill for an easy and delicious meal. They also provide over 40 different types of smoked sausages from the adventurous Hawaiian Jalapeno Cheddar to a more classic Chicken Mushroom Swiss. You can also buy smoked wings, ready to heat up before the big game. Wagon Wheel also carries a variety of frozen goods, pasta salads, cheeses, barbecue sauces, and desserts.

5. Bloomingfoods Market & Deli


Bloomingfoods | © Amy Guth / Flickr
© Amy Guth / Flickr

This food co-op has several locations throughout the Bloomington area. This Bloomington-based co-op has an open membership policy and offers a variety of organic and natural foods. They have a huge produce section, local meats and cheeses, a bakery with freshly made sweets, and a great deli selection. Visitors can also enjoy and take home pre-made foods from the sandwich shop and salad bar.

6. Sahara Mart


Bulk Foods | © US Department of Agriculture / Flickr
© US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

This neighborhood mart offers everything from ordinary groceries to exotic foods and ingredients. Shoppers will find a little bit of everything here with a huge beer and wine section, produce area, large bulk bins full of nuts, candy, and dried fruits, and a variety of spices and sauces. From curry paste to simple cooking oil, you’ll find everything you need at this local, friendly market.

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