The Cherokee Area Farmers Market (CAFM) gathers at the Cherokee Depot grounds where area farmers and gardeners sell the fruits of the labor.
Fresh foods and handmade arts and crafts are available at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market every Thursday (including today) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the restored, Historic Illinois Central Railroad Depot in Cherokee.
Once you're at the Farmers Market you can find most varieties of vegetables, plus baked goods at affordable prices. Produce featured at the market is only Iowa grown, produced in Cherokee County or in the adjoining counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Ida, O'Brien, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury.
The market also features arts and crafts items that are made and sold at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market by the people who make the items.
You have to get there early because much of the produce is sold fast. The arts and crafts items, made with skill, artistry and precision, are sold at the CAFM by the area artists who created the items.
The CAFM season will continue through September. During the season, a farmers market will take place at the Depot every Thursday from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Jim Adamson, an organizer of the event since it first started, reports that vendors have been lined up for today's Market.
Today's vendors include: Wayne Nafe, who will have red potatoes, white potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, zucchini, green peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, acorn squash, and butternut squash eggplant; Brett Bruns will have peach pie, cherry pie, dutch apple pie, and rhubarb pie;Scott and Deb Koch will have tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, peppers, okra, potatoes, green beans, broccoli, onions, and jam; Cindy Juhl will have breads, baked goods, jam, swiss chard, kale, eggplant, stuffed baby toys, and cloth grocery bags;
Loyd & Sharon Reineke will have honey; Chuck Benson will have raspberry jam, strawberry jam, peach jam, cookies, cinnamon rolls, zucchini bread, banana bread, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, zucchini, and gourds;Sue Madsen of WMSY Acres will have low sodium and whole grain mixes for soups, breads, seasonings, chai tea, mocha cappuccino, oat pancakes, cornbread, fruit crisp, brownies and puddings, as well as cinnamon coated pecans; the American Legion & Auxiliary will have BBQ pulled pork sandwiches;and Dave & Sally Carlson of Carlson Vegetable Farm will have tomatoes and cucumbers.
For more information, call Jim Adamson at 712-229-9502.