Farmer’s markets are springing up again across Iowa from Sioux City to Burlington and all points in between. Iowa City hosts their local farmer’s market every Saturday from 7:30 am to noon and Wednesday evenings from 5-7. The 400 block of Washington Street is closed off so that food vendors can set up shop. Inside the parking garage, you’ll find local growers and artisans with their latest and best offerings.
Don’t eat breakfast before you leave the house. Show up with an empty belly that you can fill with a bacon, egg, and cheese quesadilla from Banditos. Sucker for pancakes? Stop by the Griddle Me This! booth and try their signature lemon buttermilk pancake.
Don’t miss out on the rhubarb pancakes if they’re in a season - thank me later. Not sure if you’re wanting breakfast or ready for lunch? Kyle at the Local Burrito truck has you covered either way. Everything they do is made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients along with love and glory. Seriously, I’ve gorged myself on burritos in this town, and Kyle’s crew does them like no one else.
Then, step inside the parking garage where you’ll find local growers showing off their finest tomatoes, sweet corn, and garden herbs. You’ll see jams and jellies on one table and wine and cheese on the next. And talk about variety. Looking for treats for your pets that are vegan-approved? Look no further. You’ll see local musicians selling CDs, as well as local artists with original paintings and sculptures on offer.
If you’re located a bit outside of Iowa City and have to make the drive, it’s well worth it. If you’re local, don’t drive! Enjoy the stroll or bike ride to the market and be sure to check in at the booth on the corner of Washington and Van Buren. They offer a coupon for $2 off anything available that day for the environmentally conscious folks who leave cars parked at home. Forgot to bring cash? No worries. Everyone at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market is credit/debit friendly and happy to help you find what you’re looking for.
Don’t limit yourself to grocery stores this time of year. Take advantage of your local farmer’s market where you can get the best Iowa has to offer while helping your fellow Iowans grow their independent businesses.
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