"Bringing Bloomington-Normal the Best in Healthy and Delicious Food."


Local Products

Sourcing products from local growers and producers is very important at Common Ground.  Many are surprised at the wide selection of local products we carry.  Fresh local produce is available much of the year since local farms have started using hoop houses.  Locally produced eggs, milks, cheeses, meats, honey, and breads are a big draw for our customers.

Some of our local products:



Goat’s Milk

Grains (Soy beans & flour, wheat berries & flour, cornmeal, red popcorn)


Pekara Bread

Kilgus Milk

Meat (Dearing, PrairiErth, Witzig)



Here’s a general list:

Ackerman Farms (Whole Wheat Flour, Wheat Berries, Soy Beans, Soy Flour, Corn Meal)
Kaeb Farm Red Popcorn
Kilgus Milk
Green Meadow Farm Goat Milk & Yogurt
Ropp Cheese
Ludwig Farmstead Cheese
Prairie Fruits Farm Goat Cheese
Eggs (Dearing, Grani’s Acres, Cascade)
Upton’s Seitan
Dandies Marshmallows
Chocolate Twist Caramels
Date Lady Date Syrups/Sauces
3 Queens Maple Syrup
Meat (Beef, Pork, Chicken, Goat, Lamb)
Pekara Bread
Garlic Press Bread
Aronia berries (Jams and Frozen)
Autumn Berry Inspired Jams
Kuntry Kettle Fruit Butters (Apple, Peach, Pumpkin)
Rawmio Nut Butters and Chocolates
Sasse’s Honey and beeswax
Ethereal Chocolates (new!!)
Catnip Toys
Kimberly’s Kupboard Salves and Balms
Ziba Soaps
Red Barn Farm Goats Milk Soaps
Natural Mystic Soaps
Sprout Living Proteins

Central Illinois Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide




What are all those beans about?

Some customers look puzzled when, after asking if they’d like a bag for their items, we hand them a bean.  So here’s the deal:

Anytime you  bring your own bag or go without one, we give you a bean that is worth 5 cents to a local charity. You simply turn around and place your bean in the jar with the name of the charity you like.  Then we count up the beans and send a check  to the charity.  Some customers choose to throw in some extra change, which is also perfectly fine!

Current charities we are collecting for include:

Boys and Girls Club

Cattails Feline Rescue

Clare House

Community Health Care Clinic


Mid Central Community Action

PATH Crisis

Recycling Furniture for Families

Sterile Feral

West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Wishbone Rescue

Common Ground is a Drop Off Location for TerraCycle



Downtown Bloomington Association 

Want to get more involved with local food? The Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market NEEDS YOU!

Volunteer opportunities are available on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

*They are looking for volunteers to assist with financial
transactions, sharing information, subbing for vendors
when breaks are needed, setting up, and tearing down.

Join a fun team and indulge in fresh, tasty treats!

Contact Marisa Brooks at marketing@downtownbloomington.org or
309.829.9599 for more information.

*Early birds and night owls welcome.

2014 FM Poster

Monthly Specials

Check out the monthly specials listed here! Generally, specials change on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month.

Starting February 3rd




 February Specials Special Regular
Love Buzz Coffee $8.99/lb $11.39/lb
Tofurky Quinoa Burgers $6.09 ea $7.09 ea
Kite Hill Cream Cheese $6.79 ea $7.99 ea
Tofurky Deli Slices $3.49 ea $4.09 ea
Ripple Pea Protein Milk $5.79 ea $6.79 ea
Bulk Red Lentils $2.29/lb $2.79/lb
Bulk Golden Flax Seeds $2.19/lb $2.69/lb
Bulk Medjool Dates $7.59/lb $9.49/lb
 Good Karma Blueberry Flax Milk Yogurt $1.69 ea $2.29 ea