2016 Farmers Market season opens Wednesday, May 4

Grab your baskets, bags and boxes and make your way to Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 405 E. Washington Street, between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 to load up on fresh local foods and goods at opening day of the 2016 Iowa City Farmers Market. As in years past, Iowa City's Farmers Markets will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Chauncey Swan Ramp, and on Tuesdays at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive. The schedule is as follows:

Mercer Park Farmers Market, 1317 Dover St.
Operates May 31 - Aug. 30
Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.

Chauncey Swan Park Farmers Markets, 405 E. Washington St.
Operates May - Oct.
Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

This season, the Iowa City Farmers Market will be more accessible than ever with the addition of a credit card and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. Shoppers may bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and/or credit cards to a centralized information table and swipe their cards for tokens that correspond with the amount they choose to spend from their cards. All eligible vendors will accept the SNAP tokens and all vendors will accept the credit card tokens.

“The addition of the SNAP/credit card program is really a win-win for us,” said Administrative Secretary Tammy Neumann, who manages the Farmers Market for Iowa City Parks and Recreation. “It’s good for the vendors because it will bring in new patrons, and it’s good for the shoppers because they can access fresh local foods more easily.”

The addition of the SNAP/credit card program also helps fulfill the mission of the Market, which is 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.

The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Date of publication

Tuesday, April 26, 2016