A Guide to Iowa City Area Farmer’s Markets

A sense of normalcy may return this summer with the opportunity to shop in-person at Iowa City’s bustling twice-weekly farmers market. In addition to the downtown staple, many nearby and smaller towns feature charming markets of their own. You could hit up a new farmers market practically every night of the week and discover locally-grown produce, meats, wine, honey, arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods, herbs, flowers, and more all at Iowa City area farmer’s markets.


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Iowa City Area Farmer’s Markets

Iowa City

  • May 1 – October 30
  • Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.
  • Lower level Chauncey Swan parking ramp, 405 E. Washington St

The Iowa City Farmers Market is returning to an in-person format on Saturday, May 1, 2021, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Customers, vendors, and staff will be required to wear masks while attending the market. Customer access to the Chauncey Swan parking garage will be limited to both the north and south entrances. Pets are not allowed. Credit cards are encouraged, though cash will also be accepted, and EBT and WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program vouchers are accepted at this market as well.

More information, including a list of this year’s vendors is on the City of Iowa City website.


Coralville

  • Mid-May through mid-September (dates still being finalized)
  • Mondays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (time still being finalized)
  • Iowa River Landing (specific location still being finalized)

The ringing of a bell opens each week of the Coralville Farmer’s Market, set to have its first full season at its new location in the Iowa River Landing. This market participates in the WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

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Cedar Rapids

  • June 19 to October 2
  • Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Third and Fourth Avenues, Second, Third and Fifth Streets SE as well as Greene Square Park

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market has become one of the largest open-air markets in the Midwest; for summer 2021, masks will be required for all vendors and shoppers, hand sanitizing stations will be provided at every booth, and one-way traffic flow will be encouraged. Pets are allowed. The market also has carts that are free to use at the market!

For more information, including a list of vendors and entertainer visit the City of Cedar Rapids website.


Solon

  • Dates still being finalized; likely early June through early October
  • Tuesdays 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Mushroom Park (off Main Street)
  • 3-6 weekly vendors with room for more; honey and fresh produce!

Swisher

  • Season begins in June
  • Thursdays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • A new downtown location

Swisher will hold a market this summer beginning sometime in June. They are still finalizing plans and will need to find a new location, as their previous site is still being used for derecho debris. Check their Facebook page for updates.


West Branch

Year-round market: inside West Branch Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month November through April; outdoors in Heritage Square from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday from early May to early October

Changes, special events, and sneak peeks are posted on the market’s very active Facebook page.


West Liberty

Previously held on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. in the 200 block of Spencer Street, West Liberty has not yet announced their plans for summer 2021. Check their Facebook page for updates.

What’s your favorite farmer’s market in the Iowa City area?


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Anne is a kinda crunchy, kinda unapologetically corner-cutting mom who has lived in Iowa City since 2004. She is a graduate student in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa and works in the Children's Services department at the Iowa City Public Library. Before going back to school, she was a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters for several years, and took her children to the library multiple times a week. Basically, she has lived at the library for about a decade. Which is fine, because her biggest passion in life is books. When not reading, Anne also enjoys hiking, low-budget road-tripping, and drinking craft beer on a patio.

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