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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.

Farmers Market in Cedar Falls on College Hill Every Thursday

Farmers Market in Cedar Falls on College Hill Every Thursday

June - October

College Hill Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Have you checked out its NEW location for 2021? The market is 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 mushrooms, produce, plants, flowers, popcorn, baked goods, healthy snacks, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, letterpress print items, home decor, and more!
Vendor Spotlight
This week’s vendor spotlight is Garden of Life. Stacie with Garden of Life offers produce such as vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, baked goods, flowers, and other handmade items such as gazing balls, birdhouses, and macrame plant hangers. This is Stacie’s first year with College Hill Farmers Market but she has been a vendor at the downtown Cedar Falls Market for years!
For more information and details about the CHFM
Follow College Hill Farmers Market on Facebook or Instagram for the most updated information. 
If you don't have time to shop at the market you can order Curbside and pick up your products anytime between 4-6 p.m. cedarvalley.localfoodmarketplace.com

Just Because it is Sturgis Falls Doesn’t Mean You Have to Miss Out on Farm Fresh Goodies From a Local Farmers Market!

Just Because it is Sturgis Falls Doesn't Mean You Have to Miss Out on Farm Fresh Goodies From a Local Farmers Market!

Start the Sturgis Falls weekend at the College Hill Farmers Market! Join us this Thursday 4-6 p.m. to purchase local products, enjoy a grilled burger, and some live music! Don’t forget the downtown Cedar Falls Farmers Market is not open this week due to Sturgis Falls.

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, smoothie bowls, lamb, chicken, beef, eggs, letterpress print items, home decor, and more! Read More

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Creative Mind, Taylor Hanson

Illuminate Art and Light Festival Creative Minds 

Guest Blog By: Grace McGovern

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects created by artists right here in the Cedar Valley. But who are these incredibly talented artists, and what inspires them to create these challenging and astonishing creative projects? Well, let me introduce you to Monica Sanguino, Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson, three of our extremely talented artists working with the Illuminate Art and Light Festival Projects Team to bring these inspiring and thought-provoking creative projects right to your backyard on College Hill.

Taylor Hanson

Taylor Hanson is from Adel, IA. As long as she can remember, creating art has always been important to her. She has had many people in her life that have impacted and influenced her art practice. Previously in Taylor’s work she has only used software, methods, and technology that she has experience with or felt like she had a firm handle on. This festival has given her the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and help make someone of her wild, out of reach ideas come to life. “Generally I hope that my work can become larger than myself, where it connects to a greater human experience, creates sensations of its own, or reflects each individual’s narrative that they bring to the viewing experience.” Taylor has been working with the projects team to create an inspiring project for the Illuminate Art and Light Festival. She has been interested in the ways that technology and how her art practice will come together for this event. She is thinking a lot about new ways she can use projected light and how to get viewers involved in her work. “Making art has become important to my lifestyle. There are discoveries and failures that come through making the process that are important to my growth as an individual. The lessons that I have learned about myself and about various processes are very personal to me and should go without the viewers ever knowing.” – Taylor Hanson You can find Taylor’s work at the Illuminate Art and Light Festival on College Hill near the Center for Social and Behavioral Research building. The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held free to the public on May 14 and 15 between 9:30-11:00pm on College Hill. Learn more about the event and its artists at hiloartslab.com. Can’t wait to see you there! Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Press Release

Inaugural Illuminate Art and Light Festival 

College Hill Partnership, Hi-Lo Arts Lab, Interactive Digital Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, & the Hearst Center for the Arts 

May 14 & 15 9:00-11:00pm Cedar Falls, IA - College Hill Area hiloartslab@gmail.com 

April 19, 2021 – The first ever Cedar Valley Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held May 14 and 15 between 9:00-11:00pm. This fun, creative event will be happening right in your backyard in Cedar Falls around College Hill, the University, and the Hearst Center. 

In 1643 Lyon, France was stuck by the plague. The town promised that if they were spared, they would pay tribute, and ever since, on December 8th, a procession makes its way to the Basilica of Fouriére to light candles and give offerings. As we ourselves are in the midst of a deadly pandemic, we are in need of a guiding light out, something to look forward to, and to be reminded of the beauty and magic that make life so wonderful. 

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects. This festival is organized as a collaboration between the Interactive Digital Studies Practicum at the University of Northern Iowa and Hi-Lo Arts Lab and is sponsored by the College Hill Partnership. 

“Projection events are common across the country but haven't yet made their way to the Cedar Valley until now,” said Dana Potter, the founder of Hi-Lo Arts Lab and professor at the University of Northern Iowa. “We may be a little late to the game, but we are kicking it up a notch with advanced technologies. Responsive audio/visual installations, dynamic video poetry, and interactive live-video feeds. Most excitingly, everything is made by people who live and work in the area. We are showcasing work for us, by us as we need community now more than ever.” 

This event will be free to the public. We will be following social distancing guidelines and sanitation stations will be onsite.

About Guest Blogger: Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR. 

Guest Blog: Illuminate Art & Light Festival Creative Mind,  Indonesia Fulcher

Illuminate Art and Light Festival Creative Minds 

Guest Blog By: Grace McGovern

The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will give the public an opportunity to explore larger-than-life projections and view temporary installations. The Cedar Valley will be lit-up with inspiring, challenging, and thought-provoking creative projects created by artists right here in the Cedar Valley. But who are these incredibly talented artists, and what inspires them to create these challenging and astonishing creative projects? Well, let me introduce you to Monica Sanguino, Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson, three of our extremely talented artists working with the Illuminate Art and Light Festival Projects Team to bring these inspiring and thought-provoking creative projects right to your backyard on College Hill.

Indonesia Fulcher

Indonesia Fulcher was born and raised in California, but has been living in Waterloo, IA for the past 14 years. Ever since she was a kid, she loved drawing and painting, however, she did not start taking art seriously until she was in high school. “My work is my way of speaking.” Said Indonesia. “I am always thinking about my past and how that can affect my future. I like to provoke emotions in a way like being overwhelmed, nervous, excited.” Her art reflects who she is and what is around her. It is inspired by her experience through life, but also from other perspectives. “Just recently I have noticed that my work has started conversations. Not on a serious matter, but more of their own stories; such as ‘This reminds me of my grandfather’.” When asked who inspires her, she could not just pick one person. Her family has had a big impact on her art, but so have her professors and employers. Indonesia has been working with the projects team in creating a project for the festival. She has been experimenting with the projects and knows that she wants to include some of her printmaking at the festival, along with what she has learned at workshops with the projects team. “My art is really personal to me. Coming from a very scrambled childhood, this gave me a way to use those memories and move forward, focusing on the next generation in the family. I do try to find some ironic humor when I am making work. My art gives me the opportunity to learn; about myself, others, objects, and the space we live in.” – Indo Fulcher You can find Indonesia’s work at the Illuminate Art and Light Festival right off of College Hill by Mohair Pear. The Illuminate Art and Light Festival will be held free to the public on May 14 and 15 between 9:30-11:00pm on College Hill. Learn more about the event and its artists at hiloartslab.com. Can’t wait to see you there! Stay tuned for our next guest blog to learn more about artists Indonesia Fulcher, and Taylor Hanson. Grace J. McGovern , is a student at the University of Northern Iowa with an IDS of Advertising and Visualization.  She is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon and serves as their VP of PR.