Kalona farmers market returns with family legacy

By Molly Roberts
Posted 9/8/20

By 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 the downtown sidewalks in Kalona were bustling. Iowa City musician Blake Shaw was setting up his microphone stand and tuning his bass. Jill Haupt, owner of Under a Tin Roof …

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Kalona farmers market returns with family legacy

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By 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 the downtown sidewalks in Kalona were bustling. Iowa City musician Blake Shaw was setting up his microphone stand and tuning his bass. Jill Haupt, owner of Under a Tin Roof Flower Farm in Wellman, was already running out of fresh-cut bouquets. Dozens of shoppers walked around with paper cups of coffee from the Kalona Coffee House, eating baked goods they picked up from sidewalk stands. Plastic bags full of produce dangled from their wrists— tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cabbage, carrots, squash.

“A lot of downtown businesses don’t open until 10 a.m., so I wasn’t sure how much of a crowd there was going to be. But already, 30 minutes in to the first market, we have quite a few people,” said Kalona farmers market organizer Krista Hershberger.

Krista wandered the sidewalks with her grandfather, John Hershberger. It’s not the first time the pair had perused farm-fresh wares in Kalona; John was the organizer of the last iteration of the Kalona farmers market that ran from 2006-2014 and Krista would often come to help him run his vegetable stand.

Read more about Saturday's market in this weeks paper!

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