A new year-round farmer's market is taking shape in a flood-damaged area of Cedar Rapids. NewBo City Market is set to open later this year.
Deb Voss is one person anxiously awaiting the opening of New Bo City Market. That's why she got in on the ground level of the project and is a market member.
"I just wanted to see something great happen downtown after the flood and everything that happened down here. I just wanted to see this space down here become something dynamic, something that would draw people to downtown," Voss said.
And she believes the NewBo Market fits the bill. Sunday, members like Voss got a chance to tour part of the market, which is taking shape inside the old Quality Chef warehouse at 12th Avenue and 3rd Street Southeast.
"I think it's absolutely amazing. It makes it all seem real," said Voss.
Orange lines are now painted on the floor, marking where vendors will set up their wares. Between the indoor area, and outside section that's set to be constructed this spring, there's space for about two dozen permanent, year-round vendors, and up to 120 more seasonal farmer's market stands. There will also be a teaching kitchen, operated by Kirkwood Community College.
"We're really hoping to promote buying fresh local, whole and produced goods both for health purposes but also to support our local economy and really give some entrepreneurs who are in that business a chance to get started," said Lisa Rhatigan with City Seeders, the volunteer auxiliary support the market.
The market will also host many events throughout the year, helping bring in people from across eastern Iowa.
"We're really looking forward to having the doors open in the near future and have people here with us," said Ann Poe, NewBo City Market executive director.
Then the market can help in the effort to bring the flood-damaged area of New Bohemia back to life.
Groundbreaking for the outdoor area of the NewBo Market is set for April 16th. Organizers hope the market will be open for business in November.
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