As our own Iowa gardens near their end, it’s comforting to know that local foods fans can still get their fill at area farmers markets.
Markets in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Iowa City and other towns continue to operate, with some running through the end of October.
If your travels take you to Belle Plaine, Independence or Dubuque, you can find markets open there, as well, along with about a dozen other places in Eastern Iowa.
The selection of produce is great at this time of year, with an abundance of apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, as well as pumpkins and more squash.
I’ve been going to the Hiawatha market on Sundays and am happy to see that the farmers market there runs through Oct. 27; perhaps a bit chilly for the vendors in those final days, but offering customers a few more chances to stock up for the winter.
As always, you can find full details on area farmers market on the Homegrown list. In the coming weeks I also will be compiling a list of winter markets, so if you know of an indoor market in Eastern Iowa that should be included, please leave a comment with that information.