Fresh air, delicious produce, and unexpected treasures

One of my favorite aspects of the spring and summer is the return of our area’s farmers’ markets. From fresh produce and colorful flowers, to homemade baked goods and handcrafted soaps and candles, there’s always something fun and new to discover at the local farmer’s market. Plus, supporting your local growers always makes you feel good!

Although many don’t open until May, Hiawatha appears to be leading the pack and will open their market this Sunday. Our area offers residents a number of different markets to shop; here is a listing of a few local markets and their hours of operation.

Cedar Rapids:
I’ve heard the farmer’s market in Cedar Rapids has been operating since 1902! The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department currently operates two markets from May to October.

  • 8th Ave: The 8th Ave Market is located at 8th Avenue and 2nd Street SE in the city parking lot on the south side of 8th Avenue. The market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except June 7 & 21, July 5, Aug. 2 & 16, Sept. 6, Oct. 4)
  • Noelridge: The Noelrdige market is located at the corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE. It’s open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information on 8th Ave or Noelridge, visit the link above or call (319) 286-5731.

Downtown Cedar Rapids:
The Downtown Farmers’ Market offers free Saturday parking and rumor has it it’s extending onto Mays Island with 150 vendors expected this season. The market is located at 2nd Street SE between 1st and 3rd Avenues and 2nd Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets. The market is open Saturdays: June 7, June 21, July 5, August 2, August 16, September 6, October 4, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You can find out more by calling (319) 398-0449.

The Hiawatha market is located at Guthridge Park – 10th Ave parking lot. The market opens April 20th and runs through October 26th, 2008. The market is open Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This market is closed June 22th, 2008 for Hog Wild Days.

The Marion market is located at the East End Shopping Center on 7th Avenue between 31st and 35th Streets. The market opens the second Saturday in May and continues through the last Saturday in September. The market is open on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Looking to rent some real estate? Booth space is available. For more information on this or anything else relating to the Marion Farmers’ Market, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (319) 377-4846.

Iowa City:
The Iowa City Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. The market is held in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp located next to the College Street Bridge between Washington and College Streets in downtown Iowa City. The dates and hours are: May 3 – October 29 on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Coralville’s season is the first week of May through the first week of October and is located in the Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot. Dates and hours are Monday and Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Coralville market visitors can shop to live acoustic music (about every other Monday night.) The music schedule for 2008 is available. The Coralville Farmers’ Market also has its own MySpace page! Check it out!

North Liberty:
Starting May 18th, North Liberty will be hosting a market on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the rear Community Center parking lot. The market will feature area vendors of meat, producer, herbs, jewelry and more! If you are interested in vending or want more information on this market, please contact the North Liberty Recreation Center at 626-5716.

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One response to “Fresh air, delicious produce, and unexpected treasures

  1. farmers market

    Annie’s Apples will debut this summer at the downtown farmers’ market. They will sell apple turnovers – even kid-sized ones!- as well as open-faced apples (cored, with caramel). Yum!!
    Please stop by and check them out!

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