THE MARKETS RETURN

Fresh from the garden, the oven or the studio, all at farmers markets.
Fresh from the garden, the oven or the studio, all at farmers markets.

Our long, miserable wait is over. Farmers markets return at last with all the tastes and smells and sounds we love.

First up: Today (Thursday), join Historic Valley Junction’s Farmers Market and catch Music in the Junction. Some 100 vendors and one fun-loving party band are expected. Stroll Fifth Street and savor the flavors from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Today’s music: The Punching Pandas. Next week: Dick Danger.

Then this: Saturday mornings are once again worth waking up for. The Downtown Farmers Market returns to the Court Avenue district May 7, 7 a.m. to noon, with oodles (we checked; it’s oodles) of vendors purveying fresh herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, baked goods and Iowa-raised meats, plus other stuff that frankly mystifies us. Learn more about all of it here: desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

Want more? OK, coming up May 21 is the first farmers market of the season for Global Greens, the farm-to-market program managed by Lutheran Services of Iowa. Global Greens provides opportunities for refugees with agrarian backgrounds, growing and selling produce from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at 3200 University. Details are here.

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