Ida Alive Recognized Ida Area Farmers' Market
Ida Alive recently recognized the Ida Area Farmers’ Market for their efforts promoting community wellness.
The market is winding down its fifth season. It is open on Thursdays, June through September from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Ida Grove. The market gives community members a chance to buy fresh, locally grown produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, chocolate, jewelry, wine and handmade items.
The market started as a project of Community Partners and operates under their auspices. The city of Ida Grove is the fiscal agent. The market has a six-member board and four people share the duties of market manager. The market managers are responsible for putting out the market signs, assisting the vendors, and grilling for special events.
“The market provides a nice way for community members to gather once a week in the summertime,” states Becky Ricklefs, market manager and board member. “We also encourage community groups to grill during the market. It is a great fundraising opportunity for organizations.”
The produce vendors accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program provided eligible WIC recipients with nine checks valued at $3 each. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provided eligible seniors with 10 checks for $3 each. In addition to produce, locally produced honey can also be purchased with Senior FMNP checks.
You can follow the happenings of the market on Facebook/Ida Area Farmers’ Market or their website: www.idafarmersmarket.com.