Iowa City To Launch Online Farmers Market
Farmers Markets may be postponed due to COVID-19, but that won't stop some Iowans from getting some fresh produce.
Monday we learned from a KCRG report that that the Iowa City Farmers Market season had been pushed back to begin on July 4. Despite the delay, Iowans will still be able to get fresh from the farm foods. According to Little Village, Iowa City is hosting an online farmers market starting on Saturday, May 9 that will allow people to drive-though to pick up their items.
Iowa City Parks and Recreation have teamed up with Field to Family, which according to their website, is a "works to create a more local, healthy and sustainable food system in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids region." The organization helps connect people with fresh, local food, so it's makes complete sense why Iowa City Parks and Rec would partner with them on the project.
How will this work? People will place their orders online and get an order number. Farmers Market staff and volunteers will then fill the orders by putting the items in a box with the order number. Customers can then drive in the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, give their order number to a worker and there you have it. Iowa City Farmer Market Coordinator Tammy Neumann told Little Village, that workers will put the items in customers trunks, backseats, or hand it to them through their vehicle window, making sure there's little to no contact.
More details on how the online market will work can be found in the Little Village article here. In days of social distancing, it's nice that the community is still finding ways to adjust. Thank goodness for technology.