Farmers’ Market Bucket List
Take advantage of our guide to Iowa's oldest farmers' market!
Make plans to visit the market and start checking items off the bucket list!
Rise and shine it’s market time! Iowa’s oldest farmers market, The Dubuque Farmers’ Market, starts bright and early at 7 AM and if you want some of the freshest baked goods or produce, you’ll want to be early. Pro tip: Some vendors sell out of their best items by 9 AM! We aren’t joking!
Travel the Culinary World
So, you’ve made it out of bed and to the market, now what? Breakfast of course! Dubuque’s cultural vibrancy is shown not only all over town but even in its farmers’ market vendors. With bahn mi from Versus, fried rice from Sun Rice, the French classic of crepes from Crepe Iron, spring rolls from Yee’s Yummy Kitchen, or a breakfast burrito from Adobos, you’ll find flavors from across the globe without even leaving Iowa. Want a sit down option? Try Shugga’s Soul Café located on the same street as market at 1220 Iowa St.
Grab a Coffee & Listen to the Music
With more than 125 vendors, Dubuque’s farmers’ market can get tiring, so don’t forget to take a break. We suggest grabbing a coffee from Convivium Urban Farmstead, Isabella Coffee Roasters, or Key City Coffee and stopping to enjoy the music stationed throughout. You’ll find multiple musicians spanning all sorts of genres. Don’t forget to throw a buck in their tip jar if you got one!
Make a Furry Friend
Dubuque’s Farmers’ Market is dog friendly! Whether you’re bringing your own pup or just saying hi to someone else’s, your furry friends will have as good of a time as you. Don’t forget to grab a homemade dog treat from Dey’s Dog Snack Shack too.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Did you really go to Farmers’ Market if you didn’t leave with fresh flowers? Lucky for you, Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market has plenty of options to choose from like Martha’s Garden, Dobies Flowers & Produce, and Xee’s Sweet Garden and just to name a few.
Buy some Art & Meet the Artist
Celebrate the amazing arts and crafts vendors available at market. Check out photography from Elevated Images, jewelry from Deja Magick, watercolors from C.A.K. Art, eclectic home décor from BlueDog Art House, or a hand-poured candle from Limerick Candle Co. Don’t forget to ask them about their art or process, sometimes it’s the story that makes the piece. Plus, it’s nice to leave Farmers’ Market with something that won’t just get eaten on the car ride home, right?
Make a #MarketMeal
Looking to take home a challenge? Here’s a fun idea, see what you can find exclusively at the market to take home and create a culinary masterpiece out of… or just a meal, we’ll let you set the bar on your skills.
Post Your Pics
There’s so much to see at Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market that you’ll for sure want to capture your #MarketMoment and share it with all your friends. When you do, tag us using #WhereIowaStarted and @TravelDubuque so we can check out your cool market pics too!
Come Back Soon!
The Dubuque Farmers’ Market vendors are ever-changing. Some vendors are drop-in only and others change out their offerings throughout the market season, so you’ll never know what great things you are going to find at Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market.
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