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Riverside Casino bets on farmers market

   Riverside Casino leaders are betting everyone wins at a new endeavor the casino has launched. Farmers market vendors will be hawking produce, crafts and baked goods in the casino’s parking lot once a month through September.

    Veggies and slots might not be synonymous, but public relations director Sharon Haselhoff sees the market as an added draw for people coming to dine, stay or gamble at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort. “It’s just one more thing that we could add to bring people here, for local residents and our guests staying here,” she said.

    Vendors — about 40 are slated to be there Sunday, June 28, 2009, — also have another opportunity to sell local products. While most markets charge stall fees, vendors only have to register to sell at the casino. Haselhoff said Sunday was chosen so the market would not compete with those in Iowa City or other nearby communities other days of the week. Riverside does not have a farmers market, she noted.

    In addition to this Sunday, markets are scheduled July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors can contact Jessica Athen at (319) 648-1234, extension 1975, to register for the Riverside Casino farmers market.

For more on this story, see the Saturday, June 27, 2009, edition of The Gazette.

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Farmers Market season begins

Perennials for sale by Betty Decker at Hiawatha Farmers Market

Perennials for sale by Betty Decker at Hiawatha Farmers Market

 As of this afternoon (Friday, May 1, 2009), the Cedar Rapids farmers market season will begin. The schedule apparently has caused some confusion. This might be the reason:  There’s the Noelridge Park market, which begins at the same time and place as usual. Then there is the market in the city parking lot on Eighth Avenue SE, which was relocated after last year’s flood and is almost, but not quite the same otherwise as last year, and one in Greene Square Park that replaces one day of the Eighth Avenue markets, but only from June through August. And then there is the large-scale Downtown Farmers Markets, which is only on certain days throughout the season and preempts the Eighth Avenue market on those Saturdays. Pretty simple.

   I was at the Hiawatha Farmers Market on Sunday. If you haven’t been to that one, it’s worth your while to go, not only because it’s one of few markets on Sundays, but they offer great produce, plants, baked goods, organic meat and more. That’s where I shot the photo, above, of perennials for sale by Betty Decker, from Decker’s Hobbies in Walker. Look for more photos from the Hiawatha market and a “clip and save” listing of area farmers markets in the Sunday, May 3, Gazette. It’s in the Money section, in its new location behind the sports pages.

   You can find all of those markets under the Linn County heading in the farmers market category on this blog, plus many others. New this year is a farmers market in Shellsburg and the Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids (the big one that’s just on certain days) has some new additions, too. This is from Quinn Pettifer, from the Cedar Rapids Downtown District:

   New features this season include open mic sessions, a Green Space sponsorship and recycling program, and a pet policy offering guidelines for patrons that bring their pets to the market. The pet policy includes a maximum 4 foot leash requirement, as well as basic health and social interaction guidelines.  Another noteworthy addition to this season includes the acceptance of WIC checks by those vendors participating in both the City and Downtown Farmers’ Markets. The WIC approval process was led by Representative Tyler Olson who took the initiative to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey for special approval.  

    Quinn also notes that 4th Avenue and 5 Seasons Parkades will be free and open to the public, with additional on street parking available. Handicapped accessible parking will be available in the True North Parking lot along 5th Street SE.  The market (remember, this is the large, downtown one) will be in a slightly different location than it was last year after the flood. It will be along 3rd and 4th Avenues to include 2nd and 3rd Streets SE and Greene Square Park.   

That market is on June 6, June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, September 5, and October 3. Entertainment for the June 6 market includes Pan-Delirium Steel Drum Band, Theatre Cedar Rapids, MOvMNT, Library Story Time, Iowa Children’s Museum activities, a roaming wine tasting, cooking demonstration, and street entertainment from Mark Brown and Junk Funk.

     Bob Shepherd also sent some info (as well as the photo below) about the Washington Farmers Market, which begins Thursday, May 14th:  The market starts at 5pm each Thursday evening and closes at 7:30pm. Growers, bakers, and artists set up their displays in downtown Central Park, under the tall shade trees, along the new sidewalks leading to the Memorial Fountain. Vendors number from 20 in the spring to 45 during the summer as produce reaches its peak maturity. We are a certified Iowa Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program market with a number of eligible growers. Starting in June, ‘Thursday Night Live’, offers entertainment from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, local artists including; Catfish Keith, Patrick Hazell, suzuki strings, dance studios and the Richland Old Time String Band to name a few, perform on the Washington Bandstand. The Washington Muni Band follows with rousing concerts from 8pm to 9pm. Such is the usual fare in downtown Washington on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Special Market events include; the12th annual Smoker/BB-Q/Grill Challenge on the Thursday following Fathers Day June 25th , The 11th annual Tasters’ Choice Salsa Contest will be September 3rd the Thursday before Labor Day.

    Duane Randall, Director of Parks & Recreation in Vinton, sent information about the Peal or No Peal night and other fun stuff going on at the Vinton Farmers Market this summer. You can find more info and photos on that market at: www.vprdzone.com

Customers snatch up baked goods at the Washington (Iowa) Farmers Market last summer. Photo by Bob Shepherd

Customers snatch up baked goods at the Washington (Iowa) Farmers Market last summer. Photo by Bob Shepherd

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Happy Anniversary!!

    How could I forget our anniversary? It was Jan. 17, 2008, when the online version of Homegrown started, so this blog has already passed its one-year mark.

 

    With that in mind, I wanted to point out some new features that have been added since then.  First, searches are now easier with the addition of a search button.  If you want to know more about lawns or corn or lady bugs or something else,  just put the word or phrase into that space and click to find more on the topic. The “Your Photos” feature was added last year. Even though I asked for garden or plant photos, since it’s winter in Iowa, feel free to submit your cold weather photos – the ice on your tree branches, birds at the feeder or your child’s tongue stuck to a metal pole. OK, maybe not the last one, but photos you want to share can be emailed to me at: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com and I’ll post them to Your Photos for the world to admire.

 

    The gardening events category is a popular one, but remember to look for the posted dates. Many of those items are from 2008. I’ll try to remember to put 2009 on all the new events to avoid confusion. The farmers markets list is from last year, but I will update the list this spring.

 

    If there are any other additions or changes you’d like to see on Homegrown, please let me know by email (same as above) or by posting a comment below.

 

    Finally, here is the message that kicked off Homegrown just over a year ago. I think it’s still appropriate today.

 

Welcome! I am so excited to be doing this!! Homegrown is the blog version of a gardening column I wrote for The Gazette a few years ago, a reference to locally grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. First off, although I was born in the 1960s, I don’t consider myself a product of the ’60s, so if you’re looking for a less than legal “homegrown” substance, you’ve come to the wrong blog, dude. Everyone else, feel free to come back often – more will be added as we move into growing season – and please, offer your comments. I want to know what your interests are. I’m also thrilled to provide a forum for our Master Gardeners, who will be sharing their expertise, as well. Thanks for checking in. I look forward to hearing from you!

  

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Buy Local directory

On Saturday Sept. 20th a special Buy Fresh Buy Local directory distribution will be held at the Monticello Farmers Market.  The market will be 8 a.m. to noon at the Monticello Middle School just off South Main Street (Business 151).  Volunteers from the National Civilian Conservation Corps that are currently working in Jones County will be on hand to distribute copies of the directory.

 

The River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local was formed this year to make connections between consumers and available supplies of locally produced fruits, vegetables and meats.  The Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign is built upon the premise that local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances.  In addition, when you buy local food it keeps your food purchase dollars circulating within the local economy and supports family farm producers. 

 

The River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local includes 33 members from the region that support the production, marketing and consumption of locally produced foods.  The directory notes members and locations where consumers can obtain fresh, local products.

 

Besides Saturday’s event, the directory is being distributed by members at stores, restaurants, farmers markets and other venues around the region.   If you are unable to attend the Monticello Farmers Market, copies of the directory can be obtained from members of the steering committee, which includes:  Rose Rohr, Joe Wagner, Steve Swinconos, Marilyn McCall and Kris Doll in Jones County, Lori Schnoor in Jackson County, Jim Keitel in Clinton County, Dave Kronlage in Delaware County and Tom Thompson in Dubuque County.  Directories can also be obtained from Limestone Bluffs RC&D Office in Maquoketa (563-652-5104.)

 

River Bend Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local is a partner of FoodRoutes Network, which provides technical support to non-profit organizations working to strengthen regional markets for locally grown foods. Visit http://www.foodroutes.org to learn how the network is reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds from which it grows, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables. As a national nonprofit organization, FoodRoutes Network provides communications tools, networking and resources to organizations working to rebuild local food systems across the country.

 

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Farmers market changes

Due to flooding in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Eighth Avenue farmers market has been relocated to Noelridge Park, at the corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE. The market is open 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

In addition to the regular Noelridge farmers market, from 4-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, that means the market operates at the site every day of the week except Sundays.

The multi-block Downtown Farmers Market, which would have been June 21 and July 5, have been canceled.

If you know of other changes to farmers markets or gardening events, please add a comment or send an email to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

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Market blooper

Lynn Perry, market master of the Cedar Rapids Eighth Avenue farmers market, pointed out that both the Noelridge and Eighth Avenue markets were left out of the list published in Sunday’s Gazette.

We’re still trying to figure out what happened. Both were in the original list and somehow got dropped in the editing process. It was certainly unintentional.

Information for the markets is included in the list on this blog and also appears below.

Noelridge Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays

and Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 24, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE,

contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731.

 

City parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 1 through Oct. 25, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731. Closed June 7 and 21, July 5, Aug. 2 and 16, 

Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in deference to downtown market.

Both markets have a wonderful selection of fresh produce, live plants, soap and other handcrafted items. I’ve also found organic meat and great baked goods at the markets. Lynn notes that Cedar Rapids is unique in this area in having a farmers market every day of the week, except Sunday. (And Hiawatha has its market on Sundays!)

 

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Farmers Market list

(Note: this list is from 2008. Look for the 2009 list on this blog – Cindy)

Following are a sampling of farmers markets that operate in Eastern Iowa. A list of markets across the state is available at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Web site at:

http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/iowaProducts.asp

 

Allamakee County

   Allamakee Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 2 through Oct. 6, Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon, contact Teresa Wiemerslage, (563) 568-6345.

   Harpers Ferry, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, June 6 to Oct. 3, at Bluffview Park, contact Connie Benedict, (563) 586-2297.

 

Benton County

   Belle Plaine Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays; June 6 through Sept. 26, 13th Street and Seventh Avenue, west of the Pizza Hut, contact Becky Poduska, (641) 489-2107.

   Urbana Farmers Market, 9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 24 through Oct. 25, Legion Pavilion on Wood Street, contact Eileen Schmidt (319) 443-5620.

    Vinton Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 25; BCHS Railroad Depot, 612 Second Ave., contact Duane Randall at (319) 472-4164.

    Youngville Cafe Farmers Market, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 30 through Oct 17; junction of highways 30 and 218, contact Richard Grovert at (319) 223-5465.

 

Cedar County

   Cedar County Farmers Market, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 17 through Oct. 4 or 11, south side of the county courthouse in Tipton, contact Yvonne Gregory, (563) 946-3551, or Evelyn Walshire (563) 432-6983.

  

 

 

  Mechanicsville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 27 through Sept. 30, on Main Street across from the fire station, contact Linda, (563) 432-7756, or Evelyn Walshire, (563) 432-6983.

 

Iowa County

   Amana Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, May 23 through August 29, in midtown Amana. Contact Kristie Wetjen (319) 622-7624.

   Williamsburg Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, May 9 through October, at the northeast corner of the downtown park, contact Elaine Wardenburg, (319) 668-1288.

 

Johnson County

   Coralville Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 5 through Oct. 2, in the parking lot at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center, 1513 Seventh Street, contact Matt Hibbard at (319) 248-1750.

   Iowa City Farmers Market, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 3 through Oct. 29, on lower level of Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College streets, contact Tammy Neumann at (319) 356-5110.

   Sycamore Mall Farmers Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6 through Oct 28, in the parking lot at the theater end (west end) of the mall, 1600 Sycamore St., Iowa City, contact Candy Norris at (319) 338-6111.

   North Dodge Ace Hardware — no longer has a farmers market.

 

Linn County

   Noelridge Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 24, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731.

   City parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE in Cedar Rapids – 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays except during the Downtown Markets; other days moved to Noelridge site for this season –  4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays;  May 1 through Oct. 25, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731. Closed June 7 and 21, July 5, Aug. 2 and 16, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in deference to downtown market.

   Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids – moved to the area of Greene Square Park for Aug. 2 and subsequent markets due to downtown flooding –  7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, June 7, June 21, July 5, August 2, August 16, September 6 and October 4, on Second Avenue between Third Street SE and First Street SW and on First and Second streets between First Avenue and Third Avenue SE, contact Jill Wilkins at (319) 398-0449.

   Central City Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, June 5 through Sept. 11, at Courtyard Park on East Elm Street, contact Doris Nordstrom, (319) 361-6621.

   Hiawatha Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays in the Guthridge Park parking lot at 10th Avenue, April 20 through Oct. 26, contact Amy Holecek, (319) 393-1515.

   Marion Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays; May 3 through Sept. 27, at the East End Shopping Center, 3375 Seventh Ave., contact Pat Carlson at (319) 377-4846, e-mail pcarlson@cityofmarion.org

   Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 through Oct. 9, at Mount Vernon Visitors Center, 311 First St. W, contact David Miller, (319) 895-0177.

   Springville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 through Aug. 26, at Cox Lake Pavilion, contact market manager Lena Gilbert, (319) 854-7097 or Springville Economic Development Corp., (319) 854-7016.

 

Tama County

   Toledo Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m., Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 31, held on the east side of the court house square, contact Dawn Kupka, (641) 484-2177.

   Traer Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, May 7 through Oct. 29, at the junction of highways 8 and 63 in Traer, contact Marlus Svoboda at (319) 479-2279.

 

Washington County

   Washington Farmers Market, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 through Oct. 23, at Downtown Central Park at Washington Street and Iowa Avenue; contact Bob Shepherd at (319) 653-4888.

 

Winneshiek County

   Winneshiek Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays; May 3 through Oct. 29; at the Municipal parking lot at Heivly Street and Claiborne Drive in Decorah; contact Cindy Ballard at (563) 382-6385.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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