Radishes sold out at the Garden Oasis Farm booth last year at the Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Dawn Troutner has seen snow at one of the first farmers markets in Toledo, but never a spring like this.

“We already had things growing: asparagus, rhubarb, onions,” she said of that late-season snowfall. “I’m not sure what we’ll have this year.”

Iowa’s seemingly endless winter finally broke its grip on the state this week, leaving growers with a late start for 2018 and market managers, like Troutner, hoping for the best for their vendors and customers.

Still, Iowans are resourceful and undoubtedly, hoophouses, greenhouses and other growing methods will produce their bounty for the markets that kick off beginning Sunday, April 29, in Hiawatha.

Even as some market managers were pushing back their opening dates, many others follow in the first week of May.

Large-scale farmers markets and smaller, more intimate markets operate through October in Iowa, offering not only fresh produce, but home-baked goods, local honey, plants, eggs, meat, wine, and handcrafted items, along with live music and other entertainment.

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See the Homegrown list for times, dates and locations of more than 50 outdoor farmers markets in Eastern Iowa.

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