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Downtown Cedar Rapids back to life with farmers market

Posted on: June 21, 2009

A year ago downtown Cedar Rapids was a war zone. When the filthy water of the Flood of 2008 went down, the area was left devastated as the mucking and cleanup began.

One of The Gazette stories I remember the most was written by Erika Binegar. It told of a different scene from the one several weeks before when the farmer market filled the streets with food, flowers and people.

Downtown Cedar Rapids once again has life as people line the streets during the June 20 farmers market

Downtown Cedar Rapids once again has life as people line the streets during the June 20 farmers market

For weeks after the flood, the scene was one of catastrophe trucks lining the streets; debris from the ruined buildings piled high along the sidewalks and, ironically, the floodlights which lit the downtown at night because the electricity was out. Still, everytime I walk into work, I look down Third Avenue and remember the scene.

Fresh vegetables are a popular commodity at the Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids.

Fresh vegetables are a popular commodity at the Downtown Farmers' Market in Cedar Rapids.

There were many plants to choose from at the downtown market.

There are many plants to choose from at the downtown market.

Today there was a much different atmosphere during the second Downtown Farmers’ Market this year. The streets were again lined with vendors, people and life.

I stocked up on radishes, tomatoes, potatoes and baked goods. And, oh yes, the Bohemie Blush Rose wine with a blend of blueberry and rhubarb from John Ernest Vineyard and Winery of Tama made the trip to the farmers market complete.

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1 Response to "Downtown Cedar Rapids back to life with farmers market"

Dear Frumpfighter,

Thank you for the mention of our Bohemie Blush Rose. We’re so glad that you liked it!

I’m sorry that I found your blog this late.

Thanks again!
Jamie Busch-Upah
Manager
John Ernest Vineyard & Winery
Tama, IA 52339
641-484-8048

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