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Iowa farmers markets are opening; here’s

Large-scale farmers markets face different challenges to abide by state-issued coronavirus-related requirements than do smaller markets. Those sizable markets, including Iowa City and Downtown Cedar Rapids, have major changes in store to comply with social distancing and other recommendations issued in response to the pandemic. New Iowa farmers market guidelines include: — Markets may only […]

Making music at the market

By Cindy Hadish INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Mark Armstrong missed the camaraderie he experienced as a farmers market vendor after ending his popular venture in cheesemaking with Acoustic Farms, a micro dairy in rural Springville. Armstrong has been able to keep strumming in those settings, though, even when his career path switched from dairy farming. He […]