CEDAR RAPIDS — With farmers markets declared exempt from bans on large gatherings by Gov. Kim Reynolds, NewBo City Market will host a farmers market starting Wednesday, May 6.
“Always on the forefront of my mind is how we help support small businesses of all kind,” said Julie Parisi, director of business development.
She also owns Zaza’s Pastas and has been a farmers market vendor for years, so she said she knows how important that market can be for small farmers and food producers.
With many market season start dates delayed and some people worried about safety at large markets like the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers’ Market, she said NewBo City Market wanted to provide a small market that can be an alternative. They are still accepting vendor applications and have space for up to a dozen vendors.
“We’ve got ample space. We can have plenty of social distancing,” she said. “We’re keeping it very small on purpose.”
The market will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, in the yard outside the market. It will be a “just the essentials” market, with produce from local farmers. Vendors will have a minimum of 10 feet between each stall.
The NewBo City Market also is bringing back its weekly food truck lunch program.
Beginning Tuesday, May 5, food truck vendors will set up outside the market each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Food will be for carryout only, and customers will not be allowed to dine at the market.
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For both the farmers market and food truck days, there will be no public access to the market building.
Hand sanitizer will be available at each vendor table and at least one additional station. Guests are encouraged to wear face masks, and only one person should approach vendor tables at a time.
“Several of our internal market shop keepers operate food trucks, and we invite other area people who operate food trucks,” Parisi said. “We just think it is important to keep these small business owners in business and help their customers who want to support them to find a safe way to do so.”
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