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The Iowa City Farmers Market is Underway! May 6, 2008

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Nothing beats the last few days of heat and sun to remind us that summer is coming. I’ve been running over to Hickory Hill Park the past few mornings and it’s a delight to see so many people out in their yards and gardens, getting the ground ready for this summer’s vegetables and plants. I don’t know about you, but I definitely have a case of spring/summer fever. And I can’t think of a better way to indulge that fever than a trip to the Iowa City Farmers Market for some fresh, delicious, local food!

Iowa City Farmers Market Logo

The 2008 Farmers Market season kicked off this past Saturday and continues on Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30pm and Saturdays from 7.30-11.30am until the end of October at the Chauncey Swan parking ramp on Washington St.

Be sure to shop for some early season delights like asparagus and greens from our awesome LFC farmers. In June, July, and August you can look forward to shopping along to live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the likes of Bob & Kristie Black, Kalimbaman, and many more great acts. For a full schedule of this summer’s music acts, click here. Don’t miss monthly chef demonstrations, Kids Day, and Taste of Market either. For the full events schedule, click here.

Don’t forget that Cedar Rapids has their own farmers markets, too. For locations, click here.

Get ready for some great food! We hope to see you out at the market.


2 Responses to “The Iowa City Farmers Market is Underway!”

  1. Sally Worley Says:

    News Release
    For Immediate Release
    June 12, 2008

    Contact: Sally Worley, Practical Farmers of Iowa, (515) 232-5661, sally@practicalfarmers.org
    Susan Jutz, (319)929-5032, susan@zjfarms.com

    Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day will Highlight Organic Vegetable Seed Treatment, Farmer Networking Group, and Conservation Security Program

    Susan Jutz, owner of ZJ Farms, is hosting a Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day at her farm near Solon on June 29 at 5:00 p.m. The field day will involve a tour with a light dinner and discussion to follow. The event will include an organic essential oil seed treatment demonstration for peas. Traci Bruckner from Center for Rural Affairs will give a presentation about the new Conservation Security Program (CSP). Susan Jutz will talk about an effort funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) to create a farmer-led networking group in Eastern Iowa.

    “More and more people are looking for food that is locally grown. We don’t have enough farmers to grow the food, specifically the vegetables to meet this expanding market demand,” said Susan. “The SARE project will create a farmer-led networking group where experienced farmers will provide one-on-one support to new or transitioning farmers. These groups will help new and potential growers be successful thus helping supply the growing demand for local food.” If you are interested in joining the farmer support group, attend the field day or contact Susan at (319)929-5032.

    ZJ Farms is an 80-acre diversified farm. Susan direct markets organically raised lambs from a 45-ewe flock, direct markets organically raised hogs, and is a principal partner and vegetable grower for a Community Supported Agriculture program in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area that serves 250 members.

    Directions to ZF Farms: 5025 120th St, Solon. From Solon, 3 miles north on Hwy1; 3 miles east on 120th St.; large white house and barn beside road. Space for tents available.

    This field day is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sustaining sponsors for Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days are the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Pork Producers Association, American Natural Soy, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Midwest Organic Services Association, Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, and the CROPP Cooperative of Organic Valley/ Organic Prairie Family of Farms. Major sponsors for the Field Days are Wheatsfield Cooperative Natural Foods Grocery, Hubbard Feeds, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Iowa Forage and Grasslands Council, King Corn and Mosaic Films, and the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

    PFI is a non-profit sustainable agriculture group dedicated to farming that is profitable, environmentally sound, and healthy for consumers and communities. Founded in 1985, PFI has over 700 farmer and non-farmer members throughout Iowa. For more information, call 515-232-5661 or visit http://www.practicalfarmers.org.

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  2. caroline@LFC Says:

    thanks, sally! this sounds like a great event.

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