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North Liberty plans to start a Penn Landing farmers market

First market to be held August 3 through October 26

A variety of radishes are for sale at the Pure Prairie Farms table at the farmer's market at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 24, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)
A variety of radishes are for sale at the Pure Prairie Farms table at the farmer's market at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon on Thursday, May 24, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG)

North Liberty will kickoff its first farmers market on August 3 after nearly three years of a market hiatus.

Penn Landing will host the market every other Sunday afternoon through October 26 from noon to 3 p.m. North Liberty’s prior market was held at the community center, but ultimately shut down because the program struggled to keep a market master.

“Every community needs a farmers market,” said Lesley Triplett, market master and owner of Dumpling Darlings, a Korean style dumpling stand. “North Liberty is a really vibrant community and a lot of people would like it. I’m excited to give people a place to gather, eat, socialize and buy fresh produce.”

The first event will have live music from Stacy Webster, family activities and children’s games to start-off the farmers market series.

Triplett Founded the market with Veronica Tessler, another North Liberty market master and owner of Yotopia Frozen Yogurt.

“We’re hoping to have 20 vendors for the first market,” Triplett said. “That’s our goal and I think that’s very achievable, but there’s absolutely room for growth there.”

Nick Bergus, communications director for the City of North Liberty, said he hopes to attract a diverse mix of vendors as the market grows.

“North Liberty is a growing town and I know we have folks that would like to shop locally and would love to shop at a farmers market,” he said. “We’re right for it, and it seemed about time.”

Gerry Kuhl, mayor of North Liberty, echoed Bergus and said he thinks it’s a great opportunity to connect local farmers and residents.

“The other one, I thought, was fairly popular and I hope this one will be equally as popular,” Kuhl said.

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