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The Farmer's Market: A Taste of Freshness

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Kirk (left) and Dave (right) Carlson stand behind their display of homegrown goods available during a recent farmers' market in Cherokee. Photo by Katie Carnes
On Thursday evenings, a steady stream of people can be seen toting their bags bursting with broccoli, breads and a wide variety of fresh goodies from the Cherokee Farmers' Market.

On the sidewalks of the Cherokee Depot, the 4 p.m. bell starts the market, giving vendors the go-ahead to pedal their fresh produce and products.

And there are a wide variety of goods available.

Fresh fruits and vegetables of all shapes, kinds and sizes can be found at the market, including green beans, beets, tomatoes, peas, rhubarb, onions, kohlrabi, and several other seasonal foods.

The market features only Iowa grown produce, from Cherokee county and the surrounding counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Ida, O'Brien, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury.

"My brother and I started our garden as our 4-H project," said Kirk Carlson of Aurelia, one of the regular vendors at the Cherokee Farmers' Market. "We sell bags of our homemade soy nuts and also fresh vegetables from our garden."

For those looking to skip the steps of food preparation, delicious baked goods are also available for those attending the farmers' market. Loaves of fresh bread are on hand for market goers, including banana, zucchini, strawberry, and Italian Parmesan to name a few.

After filling up ones bags with mouth-watering foods, a variety of crafts are also ready to be purchased. Hand-painted gourds, cute animal cut-outs and beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers give buyers at the market a chance to pick up dinner and decorations at a one-stop spot.

From soy nuts to jellies and honey to black raspberries, the Cherokee Farmer's Market is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a few moments outdoors, a chat with local vendors, and a bag of fresh goodies to add some spice to super.

The Cherokee Farmer's Market takes place every Thursday evening, June through September, from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Depot. For more information, contact Jim Adamson at phone number 229-9502.



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