The coronavirus pandemic temporarily suspended the opening of outdoor farmers markets last spring, but indoor markets already are on-track to start this fall.
Some markets are requiring vendors and customers to wear face masks to help control spread of the virus and at least two are relocating for this season.
The Dubuque Winter Farmers Market, which opens Saturday, Nov. 7, is moving to the former Younkers men’s store at Kennedy Mall, 555 John F. Kennedy Rd., in Dubuque.
Dubuque’s market features about 35 regional vendors selling seasonal produce, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, starter plants, herbs, baked goods and more.
The market is among those requiring both vendors and guests to wear face masks, along with social distancing measures.
Urbana’s indoor market, which starts Saturday, Nov. 14, also is relocating this season. The market will operate from the American Legion Hall, 204 W. Wood St., from 9-11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month.
Following are indoor farmers markets operating in Eastern Iowa during the 2020-2021 winter season. Some markets may be adding dates, so check homegrowniowan.com/farmers-markets for updates throughout the season.
— Buffalo Ridge Orchard farm store window, 1337 Rollins Road, Central City; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through November. (319) 521-1353; firstname.lastname@example.org; pre-orders also available at www.buffaloridgeorchard.com
— Dubuque: Kennedy Mall, 555 JFK Rd. in former Younkers Men’s Store, Dubuque; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Nov. 7 through April 24. (Closed Dec. 26.) (563) 557-7292; www.wintermarketdbq.com
— Freight House Farmers’ Market, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during November and December, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from January through April.
— Iowa City Holiday Market: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. www.icgov.org/farmersmarket
— Iowa City: Johnson County Fairgrounds, Building C, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays on Nov. 1 and 15; Dec. 6 and 20; Jan. 3 and 17; Feb. 7 and 21; March 7 and 21 and April 11 and 25. email@example.com
— Mount Vernon: First Street Community Center, 221 First St. E; 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Nov. 7 through Jan. 30. No market on Nov. 28 or Dec. 26. (319) 560-1391.
— NewBo City Market: 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Regular business hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Black-owned business markets on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5; Local vendors on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.
— Urbana: American Legion Hall, 204 W. Wood St.; 9 to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month, November and December, with more dates possible in 2021.
— Waverly: Embassy Vineyard Church Sanctuary, 319 W. Bremer Ave.; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays Nov. 7 and 21; Dec. 5 and 19; Jan. 9; Feb. 6 and March 6.
— West Branch: Old Town Hall, 205 E. Main St.; 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Nov. 7; Dec. 5; Jan. 9; Feb. 6; March 13 and April 3.
— Winneshiek County: Danan Lansing Memorial Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds; 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 14 and Dec. 19.