This is Iowa. We live in the heartland of America. Iowa is known for its agriculture and Midwestern hospitality. Here in Iowa we are about community, family, and many make a living on this beautiful land by farming. Iowa might not have giant mountains or a rolling ocean to accentuate the scenery, but in the middle of the summer, when the corn is about knee high, there's a beauty to the rolling fields of corn and beans that cover this area for miles. You have to live in Iowa to really understand it. Farming is a large part of what Iowa is about.
For the past 25 years, Marlys Finzen has been selling at the Dysart Farmers' Market. This year, she is selling baked goods including Rohlicky, a Czech cultural favorite.
Marion Moser has been selling at the Dysart Farmers' Market for over 15 years. He sells organic popcorn, farm fresh eggs, and produce, all from his farm in Garrison. He talks of watermelon vines flourishing, beans popping up and corn growing like crazy. He will have a lot to offer as the summer goes on.
The Dysart Farmers’ Market kicked off 2012 with good weather and a good turnout last Tuesday. Above, Erica Dickerson sells her home baked goods to local residents shopping at the Dysart Farmers’ Market. Above right, Rebekah Dickerson sells lemonade, which she and her siblings take turns with the responsibility doing, at the market. The market is every Tuesday from 1-6 p.m.
"There are good fresh vegetables at the farmers' market. You don't know how long they've laid around when you buy them at the store," said Moser.
For Erica Dickerson, selling at the Dysart Farmers' Market is not only a great way to teach her four children about buying and selling, but also about what's going on in the community. Her children take turns running a lemonade stand while she sells produce, crafts, and baked goods, including homemade whole wheat bread and sweet rolls. She even grinds the wheat herself.
"I love supporting locally grown and produced items. I think the nutritional benefits of eating home grown and home baked goods are just wonderful," said Dickerson.
The Dickerson family was victim of the derecho in July 2011. "People may know us as the corn crib people. We lost our house last summer and have rebuilt and moved back and are able to come back to market this year," said Dickerson.
Those selling at the market are all local residents and part of the Dysart community. They sell produce grown in Iowa soil and baked goods from their home kitchens. They'll greet you at the market with smiling, friendly faces.
The Dysart Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for local residents, who may not have the time or opportunity to garden or bake, to purchase locally grown farm fresh produce and home baked goods. Support your local farmers and visit the Dysart Farmers' Market which opened for the season on June 12. The market runs every Tuesday during the summer from 4-6 p.m. at the Dysart City Park.