The Dubuque Farmers’ Market is the oldest Farmers’ Market in the state of Iowa. Farmers’ Market was originally held in the City Hall building. When the building was first opened in 1858, farmers backed their wagons up to the long windows on the northern and southern sides of the building and unloaded their produce into stalls inside the building.
In December 1879 with the remodeling of the building, the market was eliminated from the building and the space used for offices. The market continued outside, sprawling over many city blocks at that time.
The market was briefly discontinued in the early 1970s due to declining attendance. It was reinvigorated by then Mayor C. Robert Justmann who encouraged arts and crafts to be added to the traditional display of produce from gardens and area farmers.
Dubuque Main Street was assigned management of the Dubuque Farmers’ Market in the mid-1990s. Since then the market has grown dramatically, with 2017 ending with more than 140 registered vendors, the most recorded in more than 30 years. A resurgence of interest in local foods has no doubt helped the market to grow.
Due to our expansion, we have attracted family programming (Kids @ Market) and a match for SNAP recipients that use their card at our Market Money Booth (Double Up Food Bucks)!
Historical Information provided by Encyclopedia Dubuque.
Since the mid-1990s, Dubuque Main Street has managed the Dubuque Farmers’ Market.
About Dubuque Main Street:
Dubuque Main Street is THE 501(c)3 dedicated to the ongoing development of Downtown Dubuque while preserving historic integrity and making downtown the place to live, work and play. Our four point approach guides our mission through Design, Organization, Promotions, and Economic Development. Our public/private partnerships maintain the historic integrity through our building improvements and design, while attracting new businesses and residents. With many working parts downtown, we collaborate to provide organization and structure that delivers accountable results. Through our organization’s leadership, working with volunteers, business owners, partnering organizations and committees we promote downtown events as well as host many cultural events including a Winter Live Music Crawl, Dubuque… and All That Jazz, Architecture Days, Puttzin’ Around Downtown, Fall Into Art and more. Each of these popular events attracts visitors to our downtown neighborhoods. It all adds up to create a sustainable working foundation and plays an integral role in the local economy.