"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)




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 November 7th

-Organic Rolled Oats SALE $1.49/lb regular $1.79/lb

-Organic Red Quinoa SALE $5.99/lb regular $7.19/lb

-Tofurky Roasts SALE$12.99 regular $15.59

-Silk Holiday Nog SALE $2.99 regular $3.89

-So Delicious Mint Chocolate Coconut Beverage SALE $2.99 regular $4.29

-Blue Diamond Nut Thins SALE $2.99 regular $3.79

-Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces SALE$7.79 regular $9.19

-Ines Rosales Tortas SALE $4.79 regular $5.59

-Scharffen Berger Chocolates SALE 25% off (priced as marked)

-Equal Exchange Coffee- Organic French SALE $8.99/pound regular $11.39/lb  AND French Decaf SALE$11.99/lb regular $13.79/lb