Downtown market update

   I’ve heard some people have been upset that the Downtown Farmers Market was canceled instead of relocated after the June floods in downtown Cedar Rapids.


   Nearly 150 vendors had planned to sell fresh produce, baked goods and more at the market on June 21 and this Saturday, July 5.


   Jill Wilkins, events director for the Downtown District, explains: Some of the market materials, including tents for the sponsors, were in the Downtown District headquarters, and were damaged in the floods. The group needed time to recover and find an alternative site, which it currently is seeking. For health reasons due to the extensive flooding, it’s unlikely that the downtown market will remain downtown, at least for the next couple of months, Wilkins said.


   It appears the market will resume, in a temporary location, on Aug. 2. The first downtown market, on June 7, attracted about 10,000 customers.


   If you’re missing your fresh veggies, the list of other Eastern Iowa sites can be found on the Farmers Market tab on this blog.



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