The North Iowa Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week August 5-11. The North Iowa Farmers Market takes place on Tuesday and Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is located in downtown Mason City at the corner of 1st NE and Delaware. In partnership with Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, the North Iowa Farmers market is pleased to be offering a variety of fun activities including guest vendor day, free kid’s activities, a free yoga session, recipe demonstrations, farmers market coupon give-a- ways, a blender bike, temporary tattoos and more! A full schedule of FREE events and activities for the markets this week are listed below:
Tuesday, August 7th:
- Caprese Skewers Recipe Demonstration with Hy-Vee Dietitians Stephanie Wharton and Sara O’Toole
- Kids Activity with Cerro Gordo County Extension
- Kids Activity with The Stockman House Museum
Friday, August 10th:
- Zoodles Primavera and Corn Fritters Recipe Demonstration (Sally Pressly with the Decker House Bed & Breakfast, Sponsored by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa) FREE
- Blender Bike- Market Salsa (Sponsored by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa and Wayne’s Ski & Cycle)
- Yoga. Open to the public, 4:30 p.m. (Sponsored by Live Love Yoga)
- Kids Activity (Provided by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, made possible by the Bertha Stebens Charitable Foundation)
- Mr. Taco food truck*
- Guest Vendor Day
*Food must be purchased from Mr. Taco food truck*
In addition, the Mason City Public Library will have a display of books to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Coupons for the North Iowa Farmers Market will also be available. The Blender Bike will be at the library, powered by Mohawk Football, on Friday, August 10th from 12:15 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly
$2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.
The North Iowa Farmers Market currently hosts farmers selling a wide variety of products, including meat, eggs, produce, honey, wood fired bread, baked goods (including gluten free options), soaps, lotions and more! The North Iowa Farmers Market generates sales for these local producers, a valuable economic boost for the region.
“In addition to supporting local farmers and the community, we are proud to offer a market that is simply an event that the whole family enjoys and looks forward to,” says Sarah Tweeten, North Iowa Farmers Market Manager. “We are fortunate to work with such awesome vendors who have received outstanding support from the community. We look forward to continuing to offer the very best of North Iowa and celebrating National Farmers Market Week”.
The North Iowa Farmers Market is proud to have many vendors that accept SNAP/ EBT and participate in WIC and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program. The vendors at the market are extremely receptive to the needs and wants of their customers and enjoy the market as a place to connect with the consumers they work so hard to feed.
“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”
The North Iowa Farmers Market (NIFM) creates an environment that promotes the sale of locally produced food and artisanal goods. All produce is of the highest quality. To learn more, visit www.northiowafarmersmarket.com