Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the opening day of the Iowa City Farmers Market has been delayed until at least July 4, 2020. The Iowa City Farmers Market is partnering with Field to Family to offer a contact-free farmers market beginning in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providing a connection to locally grown foods by offering a contact-free market will ensure safety continues to be a priority. The first curbside distribution day will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp.
“It is important for Iowa City Parks & Recreation to continue the Farmers Market in this new format until we're able to return to normal operations. We value both our vendors and the community’s continued access to locally grown produce and food products,” Juli Seydell Johnson, Director, said.
Iowa City Farmers Market food vendors, as well as farmers working with the Field to Family food hub program, are invited to participate in this opportunity by adding their virtual market stall to an online platform for customers to place orders and pick up curbside. The community will be invited to set up an online profile in early May. Home delivery options are also being explored.
The Iowa City Farmers Market offers more than the season’s freshest foods. It also is a central point for community connection with local producers. This year’s farmers market will look different, but we are committed to finding creative and innovative ways to build community and create stronger connections to local food and farmers through this new initiative. True to Field to Family’s mission, orders from the online farmers market will include food system education materials such as seasonal menu charts, recipes, profiles of local producers and local foods.
Information on ways for residents to donate to the Farm Stand program will also be included. This program works to reduce food insecurity through free seasonal produce distribution at 11 sites per month. Field to Family, City of Iowa City, and Johnson County are working together to find a way to continue the Iowa City Farmers Market commitment for SNAP dollars to be accepted through the online market.
For all Iowa City COVID-19 news, updates and resources, visit our web page at icgov.org/Coronavirus.