Locally Grown Produce Cedar Rapids IA

Locally grown produce can be found at farmer’s markets and other retailers that support the local economy. Local produce includes local fruit, local vegetables, local herbs, and is often also organic produce. Read on to learn more and to find local businesses in Cedar Rapids, IA that give access to locally grown produce and other local food.

Noelridge Farmers Market
(319) 286-5731
Corner of Collins Road & Council Street NE; Greenhouse parking lot
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Greene Square Market
(391) 286-5731
Greene Square Park, 3rd Ave & 5th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-August Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Hiawatha Farmers Market
(319) 393-1515
Guthridge Park on 10th Avenue
Hiawatha, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
April-October Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Shellsburg Farmers Market
(319) 436-2559
City Park
Shellsburg, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Benton

Springville Farmers Market
(319) 854-7097
Cox Lake Pavilion
Springville, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-August Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

8th Avenue City Farmers Market
(319) 286-5731
Lot #44, 8th Avenue & 2nd St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Linn

Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market
(319) 398-0449
Greene Square Park, 3rd & 4th Ave SE at; 3rd & 2nd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October June 6 & 20; July 18; August 1 & 15; September 5; October 3 Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Linn

Marion Farmers Market
(319) 377-4846
East End Shopping Center, 2275 7th Avenue
Marion, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
County
Linn

Mount Vernon Farmers Market
(319) 310-6299
Mt. Vernon Visitors Center, 311 1st Street W
Mount Vernon, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Linn

Lisbon Farmers Market
(319) 455-2459
Main Street
Lisbon, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

I don’t remember who it was, but when I was little I was told that watermelon was about 90% water, which to me meant virtually useless and probably tasteless. Missed a lot of opportunities as a kid. Now I know better and I’m excited to share some outstanding facts about the summertime melon – and a rockin’ recipe.

 

Promotes Heart Health:
A little visit to our friends at whfoods.org and we learn that watermelon is rich in many heart-healthy nutrients. It is a concentrated and bioavailable source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that is thought to be even more active than other well-known carotenoids, such as its cousin, beta-carotene. Body levels of lycopene have been found to be inversely associated with both cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disesase (such as stroke).

Watermelon is also an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), both shown in a number of scientific studies to reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also a good source of magnesium and potassium, two minerals known for helping to balance blood pressure, as well as a very good source of vitamin B6, which helps to keep artery-damaging homocysteine in check.

Powerful Antioxidant:
Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that help the body rid itself of free radicals that might otherwise do damage. The high i...

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