On the table: A guide to winter markets

Winter Markets
This winter, there are plenty of opportunities to shop for local produce and goods in the greater Iowa City area. — photo by Dawn Frary

As October comes to a close, so do most of the Iowa City area farmers’ markets. In the past, the City of Iowa City has hosted periodic winter markets to fill the veggie void left at the end of the regular market’s season. This year, due to a lack of space and demonstrated interest in past years, the city is only hosting two holiday markets.

In addition to the Iowa City winter markets, there are other opportunities for foodies to get purchase fresh produce and other locally sourced products through other area markets and coops.

Winter Markets

Iowa City

Iowa City Marketplace (1660 Sycamore St.) Nov. 15 and Dec. 13, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Johnson County Fairgrounds (4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE) November, January, February and April: Second and fourth Sundays of the month; December, first and third Sunday of the month; March, third and fifth Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cedar Rapids

NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids) Holiday Markets
Through December, Sat. 8-6 and Sun. 10-6


Salt Fork Farm (1595 Dows St.) While Salt Fork Farms has a CSA, it doesn’t run through the winter. Instead, they sell what products are available from their farm at their downtown-Solon restaurant, Salt Fork Kitchen.


Ely Public Library (1595 Dows St, Ely) November, January – April: Second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 9 a.m. – noon
December: Second and third Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon First Street Community Center (221 1st St. NE) Saturdays, November – April, 10 a.m. – noon. No market on Nov. 29 or Dec. 29.

Iowa Valley Food Co-op

The Iowa Valley Food Co-op operates through the winter months and offers a variety of fresh and processed foods made in the greater Iowa City area. IVFC is a web-based, direct-to-consumer co-operative that connects local farmers and purveyors with interested customers who order online and pick up the goods at Matthew 25 (201 3rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids) or at University of Iowa Hillel (122 E. Market St., Iowa City). A membership with IVFC is $25 and the next ordering cycle runs Oct. 31 – Nov. 16, with pick up on Nov. 19.

Pro Tip

Ask your favorite farmers directly if they are going to sell at markets during the winter season, chances are they will be.

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