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Season Begins For Iowa City Famers Market

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The Iowa City farmers' market is officially back open!

This morning, more than 90 vendors welcomed back the crowds for the first market of the 2014 season.

Vendors here sell fruits and vegetables, chocolate, even jewelry, but Iowa Citys farmers market is more than just that. It's about supporting the community.

Adults, children, even furry little creatures, theres room for everyone at this market.

Just ask Erica Gooding of mother daughter studio. She sells jewelry, while her mom sells pottery. Showing that it's all about variety here at the farmers market

"I feel like the farmer's market instead of just being for fruits and vegetables, its kind of a community event. They'll have like children's day, they'll have like balloon people out, she said.

Just down the vendor line is Lori Vislisel of Lori Anns candies. After three years at the Hiawatha market, she's giving Iowa City a try.

She says the opportunity to interact with people, is what 'lights up' her day here.

"We can talk to the customers. We can walk around with the other vendors and chit chat with everybody. It's just more fun out. You get out and about, she said.

Events like this are also about keeping things local.

The more people come out and buy from these vendors, the better the economy in the area.

"It's made by local people in our community and I know the guy that does the burritos behind us, he buys the eggs from a farmer that's also down here, Erica said.

"You're not going to the store and buying it. You just get to shop and put money back into other businesses and then they come and do the same thing. It's just...put more money back into the community, said Lori.

Which is double the healthy balancing act between the vendors and the many residents here.

"There's no better way to shop local than to buy it from the person that makes it down on street, Saturday morning, Erica said.

The gathering continues for the next six months until October 29th.

 
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