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Downtown Farmers Markets return

The Cedar Rapids Downtown District announced today that the Downtown Farmers’ Markets will be back downtown beginning Saturday, August 2, from 7:30AM-noon. Location of the market will include Greene Square Park and surrounding areas. The Downtown District received confirmation from Police, Fire, Health Inspectors, and City officials that this location has been declared a safe and appropriate space following flood cleanup.  This is where the remaining downtown markets will take place this year. Parking ramps are clean, available, and will be free to market patrons.


Sponsors for the August 2nd market will include Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, the Eastern Iowa Airport, and the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation. Markets will include main stage entertainment, interactive family activities, and cooking demonstrations, in addition to the 148 local Iowa vendors. The return of this market is one more piece to the Rebuild Downtown campaign – declaring the commitment so many businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout the community have expressed in rebuilding a downtown better than ever following the historic June flooding.


The Downtown District is contracting all market vendors, sponsors and entertainment to confirm the news. If you are a part of the downtown farmers markets and have any questions, contact Events Director Jill Wilkins at 398-0449.  For additional market information visit or see the Farmers Market tab on this blog.


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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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