The farmers market season in Iowa is usually a pretty long one, due to the massive amount of farming in the state. In Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, there is a market happening almost every day of the week! Cedar Rapids itself has four separate markets.
On Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon, a farmers market takes place at 8th Avenue and 2nd Street SE. This market goes from May 2 through Oct. 24.
From June 11 through Aug. 27, there is a market in Greene Square Park on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on my way home from work, I drive by the Noelridge Park farmers market. It goes from 4-6 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 23. As the season has progressed, I've noticed the market has gone from a few tents with mostly baked goods and flowers, to many, many more tents with a lot more fresh vegetables. I like to stop by and check it out every once in awhile to pick up some fresh food for dinner!
Finally, the Cedar Rapids Downtown District
holds a HUGE farmers market in the downtown area on a few Saturday mornings during the summer. It's one of the largest markets in the Midwest, with over 160 local vendors, live music, dancers and street performers. It really has a festival-like atmosphere, and even though it takes place from 7:30 a.m. (!!!) to noon on a Saturday morning, I love to get up and check it out.
The dates for this season's markets are as follows: