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ABOUT OUR MARKET
Dubuque Farmers Market Since 1858
The Dubuque Farmers’ Market has been located in the Upper Main District around City Hall since 1858. The market stretches over three city blocks on Iowa Street and extends up and down 11th, 12th, and 13th street. Put 1200 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 into your GPS to find the beautiful Dubuque Farmers’ Market.
The Dubuque Farmers’ Market operates on Saturdays beginning in May through the end of October, for a total of 27 weeks, Rain or Shine!
Hours of Operation:
May Through September 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
October 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
The Dubuque Farmers Market is the oldest Farmers Market in the state of Iowa. It began in the 1840s in Flat Iron Park (the oldest platted city park in Iowa).
In 1858 the market moved inside the recently completed City Hall Building (modeled after Faneuil Hall in Boston). First floor was designed as a market and divided into small stalls, which were intended for anyone to display and sell products to the public. Windows, eleven feet high, were fabricated so farmers could back up their wagons to the window sills and unload their produce directly into the building.
It moved outside City Hall onto adjoining streets in December 1879. In the 1970s the market took a brief hiatus because of declining attendance. Then, reinvigorated by encouraging arts and crafts vendors to join the local produce vendors, the market began attracting more visitors. Dubuque Main Street was assigned management of the Dubuque Farmers Market in the mid-1990s. Since then the market has grown dramatically, with 2018 ending with more than 128 registered vendors, the most recorded in more than 30+ years. A resurgence of interest in local foods has no doubt helped the market to grow to welcome between 2,000 & 3,000 visitors at the market, each Saturday, and as many as 5,000 on weekends such as Mothers’ Day & first corn.
Today, Dubuque Farmers Market features more than 125 vendors, representing over 10,000 acres in surrounding counties. Utilized space is expanding again in 2019. The wide variety of offerings include: certified organic and naturally and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, eggs from free-range chickens, fresh baked goods, confections, homemade pasta and sauces, cheeses, honey, herbs, fresh flowers, arts, crafts, and more. Chef and cooking demonstrations, seasonal produce events, along with music and educational activities, continue to make the Dubuque Farmers Market a popular Saturday morning destination.
The Dubuque Farmers’ Market (DFM) exists to provide an open-air, outdoor market in downtown Dubuque for consumers to purchase a variety of local fresh food and locally crafted products directly from farmers, producers, crafters, and artisans.
GOALS OF DUBUQUE FARMERS’ MARKET
To promote the sale of locally produced food and the sale of hand-crafted products by vendors.
To increase access to healthy and nutritious food.
To enhance the quality of life by providing a venue that fosters community and social interaction, as well as the cultural vibrancy and economic vitality.
To educate the community on the benefits of purchasing locally.