At the signing, Mayor Pierce said the Cherokee Area Farmers Market is an important part of Cherokee's economic and social well being.
"We are in peak season, we are excited about celebrating Cherokee Farmers Market Day, and we invite everyone to come and enjoy the day and shop the market," said Market Manager Jim Adamson.
Iowa Farmers Market Week/National Farmers Market Week showcases the contributions and importance of farmers markets in the fabric of our community, and our local grower's bountiful production of fruits and vegetables available for sale at the market.There are 219 farmers markets in the State, and, as one of the 20 markets selected to partner with IDALS in this project, Cherokee Area Farmers Market is excited about the special observance of Cherokee Farmers Market Day.
In celebration, the Cherokee Area Farmers Market will be distributing 150-$1 coupons to shoppers to redeem toward a purchase of locally grown, fresh fruit, vegetables or honey, plus 40 Cherokee Area Farmers Market coupons good for baked goods at the market and 150 shoppers will receive a free, reusable market tote bag. Recipes pamphlets which use locally grown food items will be available during a cooking demonstration/tasting booth inside the south end of the depot with fresh produce available at the market and prepared by the Cherokee County Mill Creek Valley and Country Pioneers 4-H clubs.
During the 4-H cooking demonstration, Denise Wyland, ISU Family Nutrition and Health Specialist, will have a booth featuring "Spend Smart, Eat Smart" and food preservation. Also the 4-H will be providing pressure-canning testing. People are encouraged to drop off their pressure gauges and members of the ISU Extension Office will test the gauges and will be available to be picked up the following week.
"This is the way were celebrating National Farmers Market Week along with the help from the state" added Adamson.
The Cherokee Area Farmers Market is open every Thursday June through September from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the restored, historic Cherokee Railroad Depot, 119 S. Fourth St., Cherokee.
List of vendors and items to be sold at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market at the depot, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today:
Wayne Nafe - Green Beans, Potatoes, Kohlrabi, Cabbage, Egg Plant, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Green Peppers
Loyd Reineke - Honey. Virginia Snip - Tomatoes, Beets, Beet Greens, Rhubarb, Broccoli, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Lettuce, Radishes, Dill, Flowers, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cabbage, Onions, Kohlrabi, Potatoes, Basil, Carrots, Green Beans.
Randy and Rochelle Hofmeyer - Whole Wheat Bread, Focaccia Bread, Banana Bread, Strawberry Bread, Italian Parmesan Bread, Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Eggs.
Ron Rickett - Cucumbers, Green Beans, Sweet Corn.
Shirley Campbell - Rhubarb Bread, Zucchini Pineapple Bread, Sugar Cookies, Raisin Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Summer Squash.
Deb & Scott Koch - Broccoli, Carrots, Radishes, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Beets, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage
. Joe Titcomb - Sweet Corn, Green Beans
Chuck Benson - Green Beans, Zucchini, Zucchini Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Cupcakes, Gourds.