Just as the outdoor farmers market season ends in Iowa, the indoor market season begins. Already, indoor markets have started in West Branch, Waverly, Decorah and elsewhere, while others are slated to start soon. One notable absence this season is the Mount Vernon Farmers Market, which ended both its indoor and outdoor markets this year […]
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Outdoor farmers markets in Iowa generally end their seasons in October, with indoor markets closely following behind. Locally grown squash, apples, root crops, such as potatoes and onions, and other produce is still available, along with local honey, meats, nuts, baked goods, handcrafted items and more. Special holiday markets in Iowa City return this year, […]
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, […]
Winter farmers markets continue to hold their own in Iowa. The outdoor market season generally ends by the last of October, but by November, the indoor markets already kick in. One change last season moved the long-standing Dubuque Winter Market to a new location. In February, that market opened in its new site in the […]
The city of Iowa City was among the trendsetters years ago when it began hosting an indoor farmers market during winter months. Due to logistics, however, the regular indoor market was scaled back to just two holiday markets last year and the same will hold true this season.
By Cindy Hadish High-tech means of selling fresh produce and other farm products aren’t necessarily at odds with the “old school” method of face-to-face sales at farmers markets, according to local foods advocates. That perception will undergo a test as the winter farmers market season gets underway, at the same time two online sales platforms […]
I really hope this weather clears so I can make it to one of my favorite winter farmers markets this Saturday. Before Thanksgiving, I stocked up on local produce at Mount Vernon’s winter market and found everything I needed for several dishes, including sweet potato curry. The curry turned out quite well for my first […]
URBANA – I made baba ghanoush today, thanks to a short trip I made Saturday to the indoor farmers market in Urbana. The key ingredient, eggplant, isn’t easy to find in Iowa in November, but there it was, at Marion Moser’s table, along with squash, potatoes, apples, daikon radishes and organic Moser’s Garden popcorn. Now […]
The end of the farmers market season can be a bit depressing for me, but one thing has changed in recent years to serve as a bright spot in these dark days. A growing number of indoor markets offer some of the same fresh produce, local honey, farm-fresh eggs, home-baked bread, hormone-free meat and more.
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 […]