Two Holiday Markets are planned in 2014, but in a new location. For years, the Holiday Markets have been hosted at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, but they'll now move to the old Ben Franklin storefront in the Iowa City Marketplace (formerly Sycamore Mall). The new space offers more room for vendors and customers, as well as more parking.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Holiday Markets. Pick up holiday items ranging from festive decorations and gift items such as original art, jewelry, woodcrafts and other handcrafted items, to foods for your holiday dinners and Christmas gift baskets.
The City does not plan to offer Winter Farmers Markets this year. Vendors will return next spring for the 2015 season.
The mission of the Iowa City Farmers Market is to provide a venue where local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together to provide a variety of fresh produce and related products directly to the consumer in accordance with the Iowa City Farmers Market Rules and Regulations; to provide an educational forum for consumers to learn the uses and benefits of quality, locally grown or prepared food products; to enhance the quality of life in the Iowa City area by providing a community activity which fosters social gathering and interaction. We strive to serve culturally and economically diverse populations and to increase access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe foods and other products of local labor for all patrons.