By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Riverside Roundhouse could make a comeback, and with it, a return of farmers markets to Czech Village.
The roundhouse, built in 1962 and used for farmers markets until 2007, was deconstructed after the 2008 flood by volunteers, led by Alex Andersen, owner of Ernie’s Tavern.
Since then, the building has been in limbo while the pieces remained in storage.
Michelle Bell, president of the Czech Village Association, said Czech Village recently received permission to again hold a farmers market.
Proceeds from the market will go toward reconstructing the roundhouse in a different location, behind Ernie’s Tavern, 69 16th Ave. SW, Bell said.
Its previous location is now the site of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, which was moved to a higher elevation, away from the Cedar River, and expanded after the 2008 flood.
Czech Village merchants, who saw a portion of their customer base removed when the city demolished dozens of homes next to the business district after the flood, have long discussed seeing a return of the market, along with its customers.
Stewart said Czech Village is seeking vendors who would like to participate in the farmers market, which will be held June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25 and August 8 and 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The markets will be on Saturdays when there is no Downtown Farmers Market scheduled, she noted.
For more information, contact Stewart at 319-693-2043 or Villagefarmersmarket@gmail.com