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Just Three More – CHFM Thursdays on the Hill 4-6pm

THREE more markets this season!

Mention this blog or show the graphic to those working the Curbside tent to get some free market money!! #CHFM#LocalFood#ShopLocal#SupportLocal#CedarValley

SNAP/EBT/Double Up Food Bucks accepted online and at the market. The market is located on 22nd St. between College St. and Olive St. 

Join us at this producer only market for local fall favorites (apples, squash, pumpkins), healthy snacks, letterpress cards, plants, and more! If you can't make it to the market you can order online at https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products for pick up during market hours. Follow the College Hill Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm

If you are not able to attend the market but would like to purchase local items check out Curbside Market. https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products

Head to the Hill today and pick up a cold drink, or some dinner from your favorite College Hill business and do some of your produce shopping at the CHFM.

Open Letter to President Nook Regarding UNI Homecoming Parade

12 October 2021

 

To: President Mark Nook

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614

 

Dear President Nook:

On behalf of the neighbors, businesses, and community on College Hill, the College Hill Partnership wants to convey our surprise and disappointment in relocating the UNI Homecoming Parade for 2021. 

Our organization was founded on the desires of previous Northern Iowa President, Ben Allen, to bring all stakeholders to the table to talk through issues and events that impact College Hill and the entire community.

The College Hill Partnership has fostered this partnership by participating in UNI Homecoming Committee and through events on College Hill during Homecoming week.  Another way the CHP has been a partner with UNI was to join the University in advocating for measures to keep the community safe during a pandemic. This was an effort many other organizations and leaders were unwilling to do. 

Building a solid and healthy community is not just important to our city; it is vital to the success of the University. We know the student experience is not limited to campus. With the Hill being a prominent gateway between UNI and the rest of Cedar Falls, we see the role of College Hill as essential when attracting and retaining students. The Hill needs support from UNI to continue our efforts to promote our city and community. The Homecoming parade is just one way our organizations have worked together in the past to achieve this goal.

We have heard from many community members, including business owners, neighbors, and other College Hill supporters, of their disappointment in the relocation of the parade.  This iconic event has been a valued tradition to the Hill. The parade and its long 100-year history have been an important symbol of the excellent working relationship between UNI and College Hill.  We hope in future years, the University will consider the importance of the parade to our neighborhood. We urge the University to return the UNI Homecoming Parade back to College Hill.

Regards,

 

Kathryn Sogard, Executive Director

College Hill Partnership

on Behalf of the Partnership Board Of  Directors

October Update – CHFM Thursdays on the Hill 4-6pm

Fall is here! And we hope you will #HeadtotheHill for the College Hill Farmers Market. Join us at this producer only market for local fall favorites (apples, squash, pumpkins), healthy snacks, letterpress cards, plants, and more!

SNAP/EBT/Double Up Food Bucks accepted online and at the market. The market is located on 22nd St. between College St. and Olive St. 

Follow the College Hill Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm

If you are not able to attend the market but would like to purchase local items check out Curbside Market. https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products

Head to the Hill today and pick up a cold drink, or some dinner from your favorite College Hill business and do some of your produce shopping at the CHFM.

Mohair Pear’s Pear Fair #10

Pear Fair #10 is headed back to the Hill. Mohair Pear started the annual event in the spring of 2010. They felt hosting an outdoor fair was a great way to showcase local and regional artists to the customers directly. Each year the event has been an outdoor indie fair that bring hand made items to College Hill in Cedar Falls.

We are excited to see you on the Hill for Pear Fair on Saturday, September 25th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Weekend parking on the Hill is always free to head up and make it a day on the Hill with your favorite beverages and food from any of the College Hill businesses while you enjoy all the amazing art at Pear Fair.

Pear Fair is located in the parking lot on the corner of West 22nd and College Streets. Come visit vendors like: Wild Sky Studio, Mama Mage, Tena & State, and Arctic Summer. La Calle will also be back on the Hill during the event.

For more information head to http://thepearfair.com/. Or check them out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thepearfair/.

Summer Produce Will Soon Be Gone – CHFM Thursdays on the Hill 4-6pm

Summer produce will be gone soon! Join us Thursday 4-6 p.m. at this producer only market for local veggies, fruit, popcorn, letterpress cards, plants, and more! If you can't make it to the market you can order online at https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products for pick up during market hours. 

SNAP/EBT/Double Up Food Bucks accepted online and at the market. Do you know anyone using SNAP/EBT Benefits? Encourage them to attend the market and earn free money to spend on fruits and vegetables!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm

Our vendor spotlight for today is Timeless Prairie Orchard! Timeless is back with us for market season! Each week, you can pick from several different varieties to take home with you. Be sure to stop by and pick some up on Thursday!

If you are not able to attend the market but would like to purchase local items check out Curbside Market. https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products

Place your orders by 4 p.m. Wednesday for contactless, curbside pick up between 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. Head to the Hill today and pick up a cold drink, or some dinner from your favorite College Hill business and do some of your produce shopping at the CHFM.

CHP & College Hill Farmers Market WELCOMES UNI STUDENTS to the Hill

Come down to the market this week and help us welcome UNI students to Cedar Falls. The first 100 attendees will get a $2 CHFM Buck to spend at the market. There will be live music and fresh cooked local burgers for purchase! Free games and water/soda! UNI students will get some additional freebies by showing their UNI ID. 

College Hill Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at our NEW location on 22nd Street between College St. and Olive St. It is a  producer only market with lots to offer including mushrooms, produce, plants, flowers, popcorn, baked goods, healthy snacks, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, letterpress print items, home decor, and more!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm

NEW!!!! The market accepts SNAP/EBT which allows us to accept and give out Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)! This allows SNAP participants to receive up to $10 in free vegetables!!!! We are the only farmers market in Cedar Falls offering this program. You can also earn DUFB at Fareway and spend them at the College Hill Farmers Market! 

If you are not able to attend the market but would like to purchase local items check out Curbside Market. https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products

Place your orders by 4 p.m. Wednesday for contactless, curbside pick up between 4-6 p.m. on Thursday. 

College Hill Farmers Market August Update

Don’t forget the College Hill Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at our NEW location on 22nd Street, between College and Olive Street.

It is a  producer only market with lots to offer including produce, plants, flowers, popcorn, baked goods, healthy snacks, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, letterpress print items, home decor, and more!  This is peak season for Iowa grown vegetables! Stock up now before the summer vegetables are gone! 

This week we welcome a new vendor, Jenna Petersen, who owns Saponified Soaps and Women Eat Well. Come down and check them out! 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm to learn more about our vendors, products available each week, and special events. 

If you don't have time to shop at the market you can order through Curbside Market Cedar Valley and pick up your products anytime between 4-6 p.m.

cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com

August 2021 College Hill Parking Update

Here is what you need to know:

1. Parking changes which include paid lots are effective immediately

2. Both Lots, 22nd Street West (L shaped lot on behind Sidecar Coffee, Chad's Pizza, and includes diagonal parking in lot North of Octopus) and 22nd St Street East South (Behind The Other Place) will require payment to park (through Park Smarter App, or Kiosk)

3. If you are interested in purchasing a parking pass (this pass can only be used for 22nd Street East South Lot) you can do so here: https://www.thepermitportal.com/IPS

4.  There will still be "Free" Parking (15 minute, 1 hour, 2 hour, & day parking on the Hill).  This includes alternating street parking (which is all day), street parking (on College, W 22nd, & W 23rd, and parking lot parking.  Those lots are 22nd Street East North (2 hour), 23rd Street East (1 Hour), 20th Street East (2 Hour). 

Are you looking for more long term options?

Check out the Parking Permit Option for Lot 22nd Street East South. Parking Permits cost $35/month (as of 8/5/2021) and can be purchased by going to https://www.thepermitportal.com/. (Instructions on how to purchase are shown above.)

Or know that there will still be FREE (2+ Hour) street parking on the bordering streets of the Hill. We just encourage you to check signage before you park as many times there are alternating days.

To learn more about the pay by visit method & how to uses Park Smarter App:

Check out brochure above or head to https://smartcity.ipsgroup.com/cedarfalls/. To download the Park Smarter App head to the Apple Store, Google Play Store, or https://www.parksmarter.com/.

Remember if you are going to be using the Smart Park App, or Kiosk you will need to know:

  • Your license plate number
  • Enforcement of all parking on and near the Hill is enforced Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm
  • You can use pay stations or download the Park Smarter App to your smart device

For more information about parking system please check out https://smartcity.ipsgroup.com/cedarfalls/. Please note there have also been changes to the parking system in the Downtown District. For more information about parking changes there head to https://www.cedarfalls.com/1513/Downtown-Parking.

Have feedback or opinions on the new parking system? We'd love to hear them. Head to our feedback form (https://forms.gle/Ewar72Wfb7EevF37A) and submit either with our name or without to pass along your feedback to the College Hill Partnership Board of Directors and our partners at the City of Cedar Falls.

Music, Burgers & More at the College Hill Farmers Market Thursday July 22nd 4-6pm

Join us at the market tomorrow July 22nd for grilled burgers for purchase from Marks Purebreds, live music, and live broadcasting from Iowa Corn Country! And the first 50 people at the market will get a $CHFM to spend at the market!

Grilled Burgers, Live Music, and Corn Country Broadcasting live at CHFM this Thursday July 22 2021

Don’t forget the College Hill Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at our NEW location on 22nd Street, between College and Olive Street. We also take up the lot off of 22nd Street, right next to Bani’s, so make sure you don’t forget about our vendors in this lot as well! 

It is a  producer only market with lots to offer including produce, plants, flowers, popcorn, baked goods, healthy snacks, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, letterpress print items, home decor, and more!  SWEET CORN AND TOMATOES ARE AVAILABLE!!! 

This week’s vendor spotlight is Hallie’s Sewing Co. Each week, Hallie brings jewelry, sewed products such as scrunches and masks, and plants such as succulents! 

Hallie's Sewing Company Spotlight Scrunchies and handmade goods

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @collegehillfm to learn more about our vendors, products available each week, and special events. 

If you don't have time to shop at the market you can order through Curbside Market Cedar Valley and pick up your products anytime between 4-6 p.m.cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com

Don't forget to swing by one of the College Hill Businesses while you are on the Hill for the market to grab a quick dinner, some new hair products, or some other weekend staple items like wine, coffee, and more. To learn more about the businesses on the Hill you can head to our website at collegehillpartnership.org.

Short on Time? CHFM to the Rescue

We know summer can get busy with trips, sports, and even stay-cations. The College Hill Farmers Market can help you out this summer and fall with their Curbside Market.

Broccoli from the College Hill Farmers Market

Accessing fresh, local foods is more convenient than ever before through our Curbside Market online ordering program! Curbside Market is available weekly through October at the College Hill Farmers Market. Register and place your order at  https://cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com/. Follow Curbside Market on Facebook and Instagram at curbsidemarketcv. 

Organic Eggs from the College Hill Farmers Market

The online store is available Sunday at 4 p.m. through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Once your minimum order of $5 is placed you need to confirm it. Then it is ready for pick up at the College Hill Farmers Market on Thursday 4-6 p.m. on Olive St. and 22nd St. You can drive up and have it placed in your backseat or trunk. You don’t need to leave your vehicle! 

Onions From the College Hill Farmers Market

Questions contact the Curbside Market team at cvrffn@gmail.com.