Category Archives: Market News

Storm Damage

By Jessi Myers

There are many things
that define a great community. There are the amenities and attractions,
the businesses and job opportunities, and most importantly the people. The
Clear Lake Farmers Market is a great example of all of these things and
one of the many things that makes Clear Lake great. The special quality of
the the Market and the people that participate was on full display on July

Around 11:00 am a strong storm moved in quickly. There
was very little warning and there was extensive damage. During this time
vendors and patrons fought 60+ mph winds trying to keep the canopies,
displays, merchandise, and people safe. Hard rain followed and people
scrambled to help their friends, neighbors and even strangers salvage what
they could.

Approximately 18 vendors lost their canopies.
Crafters had handmade goods destroyed by rain. Those materials now a loss.
Carefully designed signage and marketing materials were ruined. Checks and
cash were lost to the wind.

People picked up the debris,
untangled tents, offered comforting words to each other, and kept looking
for the next place to help until it was all done. By noon the Market was
fully torn down and the vendors and patrons were on their way home. Bumps
and bruises but no major injuries.

It would be great if that
was where the difficulty ended. The small business owners affected by the
storm still face insurance claimes. They are crunching numbers to find
room for replacement canopies, displays, and materials to make new product
in their budget. They are re-evaluating schedules and plans to make time
to put the same care into the quality of their product that they put into
what they lost.

So you may be asking yourself, what can I do to
help? How can I support these businesses and make sure they thrive? The
answer is simple. Come to the Clear Lake Farmers Market and shop. Support
the vendors that make the market great by buying their goods. Shop for
groceries. Ask them for recipe ideas and try something new. Buy gifts for
a friend or something special for yourself. Show up and show the the
market family that it is a special part of Clear Lake and that Clear Lake
is truly a great community.

be in the parking lot at the Surf Ballroom and Museum from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, through Oct. 19. For information, visit and follow us on Facebook.

Opening Day

Hey… Don’t miss Farmers Market Opening Day – May 18
By Andrea Evelsizer

The Clear Lake Farmers Market Board and Vendors are very excited about the upcoming Opening Day at Market and we can’t wait to meet you there! The market will open May 18 from 9am-noon at the Surf Ballroom Parking Lot.

Being named as one of the Top 10 Iowa Farmers Markets by “Best of Iowa” signifies the growth and popularity of the market. You’ll want to allow enough time to stroll through the market, enjoy the live music, browse the booths, purchase your local produce and stop at one of the adjacent restaurants for even more relaxation and community.

So far we have over 45 vendors registered and you can expect to meet at least 25 of them on Opening Day. Early spring greens, asparagus and other spring vegetables will be available, as well as bakery products, popcorn, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, meats, eggs, cheese, soaps/lotions, jewelry and unique local art.

Bring the kids on Saturday as we will be unveiling our “MAKE at Market” children’s activity which will also be available once a month throughout the summer. Thank you to CLTel and the Noon Lions for making this hands-on learning activity a reality!

Don’t miss the Youth Vendors, under the red canopies, where you will find young entrepreneurs who try out their skills in preparation and sales. We have set aside 3 designated stalls this year for Youth Vending. If you know of someone who might be interested, the youth vendor application is available on our website.

Mark Your Calendars so you don’t forget – The Farmers Market will be held every Saturday morning from May 18th through October 19th from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer, check out our website at or contact Be sure to follow the Market on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date information and special events.

How The Weather Has Impacted Market Offerings

By Judy Delperdang


It’s been a challenging year for our farmers market. With the cold spring, followed immediately by the wet and hot summer, produce is behind schedule. Many farmers have replanted 2-3 times due to flooding, and the hot temperatures hurt those who had high tunnels, leaving little in the way of lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach and Asian vegetables at the market. Continue reading

Now Accepting Applications For 2018

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 market season!  

To access our online vendor application CLICK HERE

To access the  2018 stall diagram CLICK HERE

To access the Market Rules & Regulations CLICK HERE

Clear Lake Farmers Market Youth Vending Days

Youth Vending Days will be held on the 3rd Saturdays of May, June, July, August and September.  Participation is free for anyone aged 18 and younger.

To access the Youth Vending Application CLICK HERE

To access the Youth Vending Rules CLICK HERE

We’d love to have you join the fun!