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Farmers markets opening across North Iowa

By Staff | May 14, 2016

It’s time for fresh, local produce and time to get into the “farmers market habit.”

Farmers markets all across North Iowa, who will be providing access to locally grown food throughout the season, are opening in May.

In fact, the Lake Mills farmers market opened yesterday and the Franklin County farmers market opens today.

Soon to follow will be:

  • May 17 – North Iowa farmers market in Mason City.
  • May 21 – Clarion and Kossuth County farmers markets.
  • May 28 – Clear Lake farmers market.

By mid-June, North Iowans will have an opportunity to shop at all 16 farmers markets, with shopping days running Monday through Saturday.

Getting into the “farmers market habit” includes following the progression of available products through the season; tracking the evolution of cool season vegetables in these first weeks that gradually give way to core summer , heat-loving vegetables by late-July through September.

Then the season ebbs into the fall crops through October.

While farmers markets thrive during the growing season for vegetables, North Iowa has a robust community of producers whose products are available all year long.

Included in this list is meat, baked goods, eggs, honey, wines, and small grains.

Healthy Harvest of North Iowa provides a list of North Iowa’s local food sources in its 2016 North Iowa Local Food Guide.

The guide is available printed, as a pdf, and as a searchable database.

Print guides are coming to local libraries, chambers, Extension offices, and markets.

A pdf and database are available at www.northiowafood.org.

Healthy Harvest of North Iowa is a network dedicated to creating, developing, and supporting a community-based North Iowa regional food system.

For more information, contact Jan Libbey, administrator, at libbey.jan@gmail.com; or Andrea Evelsizer, program director, at andreaevelsizer@gmail.com.

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