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Farmers market season returns

Here's what you need to know about Linn and Johnson county markets

Fresh scallions and lettuce are for sale at the Calico Farm booth at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Fresh scallions and lettuce are for sale at the Calico Farm booth at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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If April showers bring May flowers, those flowers — and early spring produce, baked goods, honey, cheese, meat and more — are once again available at summer farmers markets across the Corridor.

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market won’t return until May 25, but markets in Iowa City, Coralville and the Cedar Rapids market at Noelridge Park, Marion and elsewhere are beginning now.

Melissa McCarville, communications manager for the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance, said there will only be minor changes to the Downtown Market this year. Instead of a main stage with entertainment in Greene Square, the park will be used as a kids zone activity area, with live music moved to platform stages spread throughout the market. The final market of the seasons will be Sept. 21 instead of at the beginning of September, based on feedback from vendors who said they wanted to share fall produce with customers.

The footprint of the market will shift slightly due to road construction. Details are still being finalized, but the market is anticipated to run on the blocks between First Street SE and Sixth Street SE and First Avenue SE and Fifth Avenue SE.

The Downtown Farmers’ Markets are expected to have around 200 vendors again this year with a mix of produce, prepared food and crafts.

The popular Market After Dark will return Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Here are details on Linn and Johnson county markets:

Johnson County

Coralville, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, May 6 to Oct. 7; no market May 27, July 1 or Sept. 2; Coralville Community Aquatic Center Parking Lot, 1513 Seventh St. Information: (319) 248-1750, coralville.org/250/Farmers-Market

Iowa City, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, now through October; Chauncey Swan Ramp, 400 block Washington Street. Information: (319) 356-5210, icgov.org/farmersmarket

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Swisher, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 6 to Oct. 10; library parking lot, corner of Jefferson Street and Second Street. Information: (319) 857-4539, facebook.com/SwisherFarmersMarket

Linn County

Cedar Rapids Downtown, 7:30 a.m. to noon May 25, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 21, and 6:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 24. Information: (319) 398-5317, crdowntownmarket.com

Cedar Rapids Lion Bridge, 5 to 8 p.m. May 30 and Sept. 5; parking lot of Lion Bridge Brewing Co., 59 16th Ave. SW. Information: (319) 200-4460, lionbridgebrewing.com

Cedar Rapids Noelridge Park, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, now to Oct. 11; no market May 27 or Sept. 2; 4900 Council St. NE, Information: (319) 286-5763, cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/city_farmers_markets.php

Central City, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 6 to Sept. 26, except July 4; Courtyard Park, S. Fifth Street. Information: (319) 361-1588, facebook.com/ccmainstreet

Ely, 9 a.m. to noon second and fourth Saturdays (alternating with Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market), plus one additional evening weekly, Dan & Debbie’s Creamery parking lot, 1600 Main St. Market is in a transition phase and details are subject to change. Information: (319) 310-4671, facebook.com/elyfarmersmarket

Hiawatha, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, now to Oct. 27; 10th Avenue parking lot of Guthridge Park. Information: (319) 393-1515 Ext. 220, hiawatha-iowa.com

Marion, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, now to Sept. 28; Taube Park, 2200 31st St. Information: (319) 447-3590, cityofmarion.org

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Marion Uptown Market, 8 a.m. to noon, June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28; City Square Park. Information: (319) 377-6316, marioncc.org/uptown-marion-markets

Mount Vernon, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through September; First Street Community Center, 221 E. First St. Information: (319) 560-1391, facebook.com/mtvernonfarmersmarket

Note: Farmers market list information was compiled by farmers markets and municipal websites.

Looking for more markets? The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship maintains a statewide farmers market database at www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.formfarmersmarketdirectory. Area markets also can be found at Hooplanow.com.

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