This post in part of a series about produce auctions across the USA. While this is not a comprehensive list, I have tried to include auctions about which I can find information. If you know of any others, feel free to leave a note in the comments section.
Cedar Valley Produce Auction – according to their brochure, the first auction this year is April 17th. Auctions are held on Mondays at 4 PM, and Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 AM. Cedar Valley Produce Auction is located at 18072 Addison Ave, Elma, IA 50628. This is in the northern part of the state, near Minnesota.
From their website:
“In 2001 a group of farmers built the Cedar Valley Produce Auction by the town of Elma in northeast Iowa, and in the following years it has grown and now sells over $3 million annually! Selling flowers in the spring and then produce in the summer. All produce and flowers are grown locally and sold at the auction. … The auction also supplies local produce it wholesale prices. In the spring the Auction sells flowers in flats, and hanging baskets and mid summer changes over to sell fresh produce.”
Sara, at Learning The Frugal Life, shares her experience going to a local produce auction in Iowa for the first time. I love hearing other’s experiences and how other auctions are run.
Southern Iowa Produce Auction, is located in the southeast portion of the state at 19141 Ice Avenue, Bloomfield, IA. Their first auction for the 2015 Season was Friday, April 10, followed by a second auction on April 17. After the first two auction, they moved to twice weekly auctions through mid-July, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 AM. For a market report or schedule information, call 712-432-8593.
Curving Back has a great post with lots of pictures if you are wanting to see a photo representation of this auction.
Lamoni Produce Auction/Farmsong Produce Auction, located at 16340 Farm Song Road, has produce auctions every Tuesday and Friday at 10 am. In July they change to having three auctions – Monday at 4 PM and the Wednesday and Friday auctions at 10 AM. In September they change back to twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Located in south central Iowa, they are right on the boarder with Missouri and would be a convenient stop for those living in either state.