Our 18,000 square foot building is home to an exciting array of Anchor Merchants, as well as an open, flexible space for seasonal markets and fairs, special events, indoor performances and private parties.
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Located at the north end of Rotary Hall, this Kirkwood Community College teaching facility is the community’s learning center for hands-on culinary and nutrition education. The state-of-the-art center includes four learning stations and a demonstration area. The Kitchen is a great place for all you foodies to master your mad cooking skills!
The Market has a great front yard – home to our seasonal Farmer’s Market, Learning Garden, fairs, special events and outdoor stage for great performances by locally grown entertainers. A children’s play area is located on the north end of the Yard – kids love digging in the sand.
The Market is housed in a former abandoned industrial site. Ravaged by the flood of 2008, the building sat neglected, a blight on the neighborhood, until a handful of creative locals came together to create what is now NewBo City Market.
NewBo City Market was formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation to promote flood revitalization, access to healthy food, regional agricultural development, and job creation. Market staff is on hand to run the day-to-day operations – cranking out fun events, sorting and selecting stellar vendors and creating a general atmosphere of Fresh. Fun.
The NewBo City Market opened in October of 2012 after the completion of a $6 million capital campaign with major funding from the City of Cedar Rapids, State of Iowa, Linn County, The Hall-Perrine Foundation, Metro Rotary Clubs, Linn County Solid Waste Agency, and more than 600 corporate and personal gifts.
The Learning Garden took shape in 2013, thanks to the efforts (and muscles!) of our dedicated volunteers who erected five raised beds where food crops are grown and harvested. The Learning Garden is powered by Linn County Extension Master Gardeners.
The Learning Garden is designed to be accessible to the widest possible population. To this end, its five raised masonry beds are roughly 2-1/2’ high, with an 8” deep flat surface at its top. The beds are 36” apart to allow for wheelchair access.
While the growing season has ended for this year, each season features a theme – 2014 featured a “Pizza Garden” an “Herb Garden,” a “Salad Garden” and more! Master Gardeners offered expertise on various weekends, as well as many hands-on activities for families.
In addition to Linn County Extension, Learning Garden partners include Linn County Solid Waste. Thank you to Solid Waste for providing nutrient rich compost for planting. All Linn County residents can get compost at the Solid Waste site, just down the block from the Market.
The NewBo City Market makes up an entire square block at the crossroads of 12th Avenue and 3rd Street SE. in the heart of New Bohemia across from performance spaces, restaurants, shops and artists’ studios. The Market is a place to gather, learn, eat, be entertained and enjoy the company of old friends…and hopefully make some new ones!
The Czech Village – New Bohemia Main Street District. It’s where you go to connect with tradition, discover new beginnings, and immerse yourself in a district waiting to share its vibrancy.
Learn more about our neighborhood on the Czech Village – New Bohemia Mainstreet District website.