CEDAR RAPIDS – Organizers of the Downtown Farmers Market pushed the opening day of 2018 into May, instead of June, but the season was still off to a sultry start on Saturday, May 26.
Shade and a light breeze made temperatures that soared into the 90s tolerable and market vendors saw steady crowds.
Those selling vegetables had a particularly good day, with some nearly selling out of their fresh produce.
Other items for sale included plants, fresh cut flowers, meats, honey, wine, handcrafted items, baked goods, salsa and clothing. Food vendors also served steady lines of customers and live music and other entertainment added to the festivities.
The remainder of the downtown markets will be twice-monthly, with the exception of September.
With nearly 200 vendors, the Downtown Farmers Market, hosted by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, is among the largest outdoor markets in the Midwest, averaging 14,000 customers per market.
Find locations, times, dates and other details on more than 50 farmers markets in Eastern Iowa, including a new Cedar Rapids market launching next week, and see more photos from the opening day of the Downtown Farmers Market, below: