Local Food

​​Vendor Recruitment

​Lettuce Grow Farmers Market Training Series

February 19, 2019

​10 a.m. to noon at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank

This free, two-hour training will be led by entrepreneur Simeon Talley and experienced market manager and vendor Julie Grunklee.

Simeon Talley is a social entrepreneur originally from Columbus, OH and now living in Iowa. He first came to Iowa to work in politics as part of the Obama 2008 caucus campaign. Currently he is the owner operator of The Makers Loft: Iowa City and Made In Iowa. Two retail stores that sells goods from Iowa makers and artisans from across the state.

Julie Grunklee is a registered nurse, entrepreneur, and has been active in local food work since 2001. She helped start the Black Hawk Farmers Market (2002), Grundy Center Farmers Market (2004), and the Cedar Falls Main Street Farmers Market (2006) and has been a produce vendor since 2002. She will speak about building a healthy market through vendor selection, how to identify customer needs, and successful surveying.
This training is open to all current or aspiring market managers and market vendors. You can join this training in-person or virtually. Please RSVP by clicking on the following links: Eventbrite (in-person attendees) or Zoom (virtual attendees).

Marketing Ideas and Tips for Local Producers

Rescheduled for March 12, 2019 9-11 a.m. 

Northeast Iowa Food Bank (1605 Lafayette St., Waterloo) 


This session will inspire you to think of additional ways you can market your local goods. TD Holub from Garden Oasis and Janelle Kaus from Whistling Thistle Farmstead will share some ideas that will inspire you. Anyone is welcome to attend. The event is free but you must RSVP to Jodie Huegerich at jodie.huegerich@uni.edu no later than Monday, January 21, 2019. 

Tentative Agenda

*Introduction--Jodie Huegerich and Sarah Kielly, Local Food Coordinators

*Marketing Ideas and Tips--TD Holub and Janelle Kaus

*Hands-On Activity--Jodie Huegerich and Sarah Kielly

​Local Food & Film Festival

March 2, 2019

Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls

Schedule for the Day

10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors available. Participants can visit local producer and non-profit vendor booths. 

1-3 p.m. FRESH The Movie plus diverse panel

How to become a vendor:

Complete the vendor application ASAP and review guidelines. 








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