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Dubuque's winter farmers market boost local economy


By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Winter weather has moved into Eastern Iowa this weekend, but it's not stopping Tri-state farmers from selling produce at a farmers market and is keeping the local economy alive.

"These are all hand cut, all hand packed," said Bill Rickner. On a cold Saturday morning people browse venders and inside the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps building. "Plane home growing," said Carolann Kruse.

"They've got a unique taste it's not some store bought pickle off the shelf," added Rickner as he described why his Gramps Gourmet Pickles are the best choice. Today you can find just about everything; rutabagas, turn-ups, onions, potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash. All local. All fresh.

Terry Mozena, a volunteer for the event said, "A group of volunteers, about 4 of us who, thought it would be great to have produce and meats and cheese available year round for the citizens of Dubuque."

Its the annual winter farmers market and it's a part of Dubuque's sustainability plan. "To reduce out impact by using less fossil fuel so we're buying foods that are produced locally," said Mozena.

It is giving local farmers a place to sell their produce and boost the local economy. "When you go home and you count your money, that's when you see what kind of week it was for you and it was real good," said Kruse.

Good enough to draw hundreds each Saturday providing something new and fresh. "Coming to a farmers market like this is very unique because you get all kinds of local and what a variety you get from different people," said Rickner.

Different people different food, but all local year-round. Organizers say they hope everyone spends up to ten dollars a week on local produce. Winter farmers markets run from 9:00 a.m. to noon through April.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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