Adventures with Andi: Farmers Markets

Andi’s latest adventure took us to local Farmers Markets. Andi enjoyed exploring the markets (she especially liked the free samples!), and she loved visiting new places, like the Farmers Market at the Driftless Nature Center in Marquette.  The market has local producers, food, and crafters as well as a beautiful view of the wetland. On Friday nights the market frequently features live music and educational/special programs. On Andi’s adventure she got to taste a spinach smoothie powered by a bicycle blender!

Andi also loved the Decorah Farmers Market. She enjoyed a visit to the Food and Fitness stand where she worked with her Aunt Maddie to create a Mr. Potato Head out of fresh fruits and vegetables. The booth has a different activity for kids each week, featuring healthy food and fitness ideas.

The best part of our Farmers Market adventures was having fresh and delicious foods to bring home and cook together! We purchased spinach and made homemade spinach pizza (just blend spinach into your pizza sauce for extra nutrients!), spinach popsicles and spinach smoothies.



Buying locally grown food is good for you, your community, local farmers, and the environment.

Check out these and many other great farmers markets in Northeast Iowa.

(For a complete list go to

What you eat matters – buy fresh, buy local!


Allamakee County:

Harpers Ferry                   Church parking Lot on Fridays from 5-7pm

Lansing                            Main Street Plaza on Saturdays from 9am-noon

Waukon                           City Park on Mondays from 3:30-5:30pm


Chickasaw County:

Fredericksburg                N. Washington & E. Main Street on Wednesdays from 3-5pm

New Hampton                 Main and Linn St. (Carquest Lot) on Thursdays from 4-6pm

Nashua                            City Hall on Saturdays from 8:30-10:30

Elkader                             Keystone Bridge City Park on Saturdays from 9-noon

Guttenberg                        South Park by marina on Saturdays from 8-noon

Marquette                           Driftless Area Wetlands Center on Friday from 4-7



Oelwein                             NE City Parking Log on Mondays from 3-6 and Fridays 8-11

West Union                          Redemmer Church on Wednesdays from 3-5:30


Howard County

Cresco                               2nd St &1st Ave (Grube’s N. Lot) on Tuesdays  andFridays from     2-5:30

Lime Springs                        Brown Park on Saturdays from 9-noon



Decorah                             City lot behind Oneota Coop on Wednesdays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 8-11


IMG_1895Exploring the wetlands at the Driftless Nature Center’s Farmers Market

IMG_1903Watching the smoothie bike blender at the Farmers Market

IMG_1921 Andi created a Mr. Potato Head with her Aunt Maddie at the Decorah Farmers Market

IMG_1924 Mr. Potato Head Masterpiece made of fresh vegetables and fruits

IMG_1967 Spinach Popsicles (not very attractive, but still tasty!)





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