Iowa City Farmers Market logo with an ear of corn and two tomatoesIowa City Farmers Market

The City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department operate farmers markets at two locations, three days a week during the summer season. The Chauncey Swan Farmers Market, 405 E. Washington Street, runs Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the Mercer Market runs on Tuesday evenings. Season opening and closing dates, plus event times are listed below.

2016 Farmers Market season

Wednesday market

Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., May 4 through Oct. 26, 2016
Located at Chauncey Swan Ramp, 400 block of Washington Street, Iowa City
View the Wednesday market map.

Saturday market

Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon, May 7 through Oct. 29, 2016
Located at Chauncey Swan Ramp, 400 block of Washington Street, Iowa City
View the Saturday market map.

Tuesday market

Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., May 31 through Aug. 29, 2016
Located at Mercer Park, 1317 Dover Street, Iowa City
View the Tuesday market map.

2016 Market Special Events

Taste of Market - Wednesday, September 14

Enjoy free samples of in-season fruits, vegetables and baked goods provided by the Farmers Market vendors. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Chauncey Swan Market. This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, but was canceled due to rain.

Kids Day - Saturday, September 17

Do you know of a child who has always wanted to sell their homemade or homegrown items at the Farmers Market? If so, this is their chance. The Iowa City Farmers Market staff welcome kids ages 8 to 18 to participate as a “Kid Vendor” during the eighth annual Kids Day at the Farmers Market on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Chauncey Swan Park.

Kids will be allowed to only sell items that they have crafted or grown. There is no fee to participate.

Click here to apply.

2016 Market Music schedule

Enjoy live music during the Chauncey Swan Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the Farmers Market season.

View the 2016 Market Music performance schedule.

2016 Indoor Holiday Markets- Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 10

The annual Iowa City Holiday Market, gives patrons an opportunity to buy homegrown, homemade, and handcrafted holiday gifts and foods. The Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street. Vendors will be located in the gym on first floor and the Social Hall on second floor. For more information, contact Tammy Neumann with the Parks and Recreation Department at 319-356-5210.

For vendors: Registration for the 2016 Iowa City Farmers Market now open

  • Season vendors with a history of good attendance at the market will be given first priority and will receive their regularly assigned space from the previous season. New vendors will be placed on our waiting list and may be contacted to fill in when space allows. 
  • Please read the 2016 Farmers Market rules and regulation document carefully prior to registering for the market. 
  • Register online at

Mission statement

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.


Tammy Neumann, Administrative Secretary/Farmers Market Coordinator