February 10, 2022
Dubuque Winter Farmers Market is pleased to announce that they have been awarded programmatic funding from Dubuque County and the City of Dubuque grant programs, and general operational support from Walmart grant program in support of the 2021-22 winter market season.
The Dubuque County Food Policy Council grant program has provided $5,000 in funding in support of Winter Market’s new Food for Thought educational speakers series that engages the community in conversations centered around the broader food system. The series is an effort to ignite conversations that guide audiences to make connections and encourage informed attitudinal change about the relationship to food sources. Guest speakers include agriculture, conservation, and sustainability experts and advocates (and more).
The Sustainable Dubuque Community Grant program has provided $2,500 in funding to support Winter Market’s inaugural season of the Food for Thought educational speakers series. The Food for Thought series moves forward some of the priorities set forth by Dubuque’s Resilient Community Advisory Commission through community-engaged educational experiences.
The Walmart Community Giving program has provided $750 in general operating support providing Winter Market with critical funding to support the weekly operations of market including lease, marketing, and insurance. Winter Market is open every Saturday from 9 am-12 pm, April through November, and is driven by volunteers. Food for Thought speaker series is free and open to the public and is held the last Saturday of each month, November-April at 11 am and is livestreamed on Facebook for at-home audiences. Founded by volunteers in 2007, the Dubuque Winter Farmers Market’s team has demonstrated excellence in leadership founding the first winter farmers market in Iowa. Since then, Winter Market has grown from 10 vendors to 45 and from 200 to 1,200 weekly customers. Today, Winter Market generates more than $155,000 in annual impact in Dubuque County. After losing two separate downtown locations, Winter Market moved to Kennedy Mall in 2019. This large indoor space has presented the opportunity to expand and add educational programs. Dubuque Winter Farmers Market’s mission is to “inspire a greater understanding of the broader food system by providing access to regional foods, offering economic opportunity to farmers and growers, and creating educational opportunities while contributing to a vibrant community and healthy economy.” Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 2007, Dubuque Winter Farmers Market is made possible through a partnership with the Four Mounds Foundation.