Farmer's Market Ames IA

Local resource for farmer’s market in Ames. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Ames Farmers Market II
(515) 292-1936
Main Street Station; 424 Main Street
Ames, IA
General Information
Covered : Yes
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Thursday & Friday, 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
County
Story

Ames Farmers Market I
(515) 292-1936
Main Street Station; 424 Main Street
Ames, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Thursday, 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
County
Story

Polk City Farmers Market
(515) 984-6597
Town Square
Polk City, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-August Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Collins Farmers Market
(515) 979-3547
Jefferson’s Restaurant parking lot on Hwy 65
Collins, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-September Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
County
Story

Cedar Falls Farmers Market
(319) 266-8189
South side of Overman Park on 3rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Black Hawk

North Grand Farmers Market Association
(515) 432-5147
North Grand Mall
Ames, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Story

Boone Farmers Market Association
(515) 432-9038
Wal-Mart parking lot; S. Story Street & Highway 30
Boone, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October Thursday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Boone

Collins Farmers Market
Jeffersons Restaurant Parking Lot On Hwy 65
Collins, IA
 
Washington Farmers Market
(319) 653-4888
Central Park, Downtown Square
Washington, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
County
Washington

Britt Farmers Market
(515) 583-2606
72 Main Avenue South
Britt, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
County
Hancock

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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