Grab your baskets, bags and boxes and make your way to Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 405 E. Washington Street, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. to load up on fresh local foods and goods at opening day of the 2017 Iowa City Farmers Market. Iowa City's Farmers Markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp from the first week in May through the last week in October. During construction on the Chauncey building, Market Music and patron seating will be available near City Hall and on the east side of the ramp.
Credit, debit and Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT/SNAP) are accepted at the Iowa City Farmers Market. Shoppers intending to pay with a card should stop by the centralized information table and swipe their cards for tokens of equal value. All eligible vendors will accept the EBT/SNAP tokens, and all vendors will accept the credit/debit card tokens. Signs indicating which tokens are accepted by the vendors are displayed at each booth. As an added benefit, those using EBT/SNAP cards to purchase tokens will have their dollars matched through Double Up Food Bucks, Iowa’s statewide healthy food incentive program. For more information about the Double Up Food Bucks program, visit www.DoubleUpFoodBucks.org.
Don't forget, single-use plastic shopping bags will no longer be provided by Iowa City Farmers Market vendors. Farmers Market staff encourage patrons to bring their own bags, baskets, or boxes to carry their goods.
To help launch this new policy, the Iowa City Farmers Market has purchased 1,500 cloth bags which will be given away at the first few markets, while supplies last. After these are gone, the market will sell bags for $3 each at the information table.
The Iowa City Farmers Market is a program of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.