The leaves have turned and it is late October. The change of seasons marks the end of Iowa City Farmer’s Market’s season. No longer will farmers spread their freshly-picked wares on tables for shoppers to chose from.
But fear not, local-food lovers! There are a variety of options still available for accessing quality local food during the colder months. Consider the options below for sourcing food from Iowa’s farms to your table.
There will be a few vendors present at the Grant Wood Elementary gym selling local food and goods all winter long on ever first and third Saturday from November through April.
According to their Facebook page, Iowa City Farmer’s Market will be holding two winter markets at the Robert A. Lee recreation center on November 17 and and December 8th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. There will be over 100 vendors present at these winter markets.
New Bo is opening this weekend in Cedar Rapids and will be offering a variety of local food vendors.
On Saturdays, Salt Fork Farms will be offering eggs, chickens, and produce in front of Deluxe bakery on Summit St.
Iowa Valley Food Cooperative is a direct farmer-to-consumer cooperative based in Southeastern Iowa.
Consumers can browse the website for locally produced meats, produce, dairy products, and homemade goods. Members pay a small fee as a percentage of their orders each month to pay for the Cooperative’s operating fees.
Consumers collect their orders monthly at a drop point in Cedar Rapids.
New Pioneer is committed to supporting local producers year round and constantly source local goods from winter produce to baked goods.
Look for the little red “local” signs around the store to find foods that are produced within 250 miles of the store.
As you can see, local eating doesn’t have to end when farmer’s market season is over! Get out there and enjoy the best the Iowa producers have to offer.