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    Chad: 319-493-2323

Melanie: 319-961-6099

A Family Market Place

Farm Fresh Produce

******Our Sign-up Deadline (April 15th) has come and passed..... But We Still have About 20 CSA Spots to Fill, so it is NOT too Late to Sign-up for the 2017 Season******

Thanks for visiting!

We hope you can find everything you need. A Family Market Place is focused on providing high-quality, locally grown, farm fresh produce to the greater Cedar Valley - we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

With a variety of farm fresh items to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you again! Check back later for weekly specials. There's much more to come! Check us out on Facebook!!!!!!!!


Available Locally Grown Items for March & April 2017

  • Brown Eggs (Free Range)
  • Onions
  • Potatoes - Red, Russet, White
  • Naturally Raised Pork - Pork Chops, Ground Pork, Spare Ribs, Side Pork (Bacon), Ham Steaks, Ham Hocks, Bone-in Ham, Pork Roasts, Pork Shoulder, Pork Loin, Etc. (USDA Certified)
  • Young Whole Chicken (USDA Certified)
  • Tender Capon (USDA Certified) - Boneless Skinless Capon Breast, Ground Capon, Capon Sausage Links, Capon Sausage Patties, Capon Wings, Capon Hindquarters

Now Accepting Registrations for

2017 CSA Shares

  • Get a Box of the Freshest Locally Grown Produce Delivered Directly to Your Door Each Week or Pick-up Location of Choice. Go to Our CSA Subscription Tab to Learn More.
  • Looking for a Great Gift for the Person that has it ALL??  Our CSA is a Healthy Gift that Gives for Nearly Half the Year.
  • 15% Early Bird Discount if Received by March 15th
  • Over 50 Varieties of Fruits & Veggies
  • Available in 3 Sizes to Fit Your Family's Appetite
  • Multiple Pick-up Locations(Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids) for Easy Access or Delivered Directly to Your Office or Home
  • *** New for 2017 *** If You Refer a Friend to Sign Up; You Will Receive 1 Free Week, for Each Referral.

A Little Bit About Us.........

     A Family Market Place is a family owned fresh produce farm and local hub/distributor that specializes in locally grown farm-fresh products. All of the products that we sell are grown right here in the Cedar Valley by a select group of local farms.  In addition to fresh produce AFMP sells free-range brown eggs, antibiotic-free chickens/capons, naturally raised Berkshire pork, flowers, plants, and more. 


    Our small farm is located in Waterloo and we have been in business since 2012.  In 2011, we planted a small garden with the intent to feed the family some of our own home grown food. The garden was only 18' by 19' in size, so it was small; we had a pretty good variety of crops planted. tomatoes, green beans, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, and a couple of pumpkin plants.  Late in July, as we began to harvest our crop, we had way more fruits and veggies then we could eat.....or wanted to can/freeze.  Gave some to the neighbors....and the other neighbors.....and another neighbor......and as it happened he had too much also, but he had a small idea of how to get rid of it.  Take it to farmers market, and take his with also and sell it for him.  Boom......the idea worked!  


     We didn't sell much because we didn't have much, sales didn't even cover the cost of the cheesy little supplies we used; but the idea worked.  That fall and winter a business plan was developed and in the spring of 2012 we tore up nearly all of our half acre side yard to be able to plant a garden.  We put up a couple of small sheds, leased a few acres from a neighbor, put up fencing for a few chickens, and off we went with our tiny little red trailer pulled by our tiny little car to farmers market and a couple of restaurant accounts that agreed to buy from us.  That tiny little idea has now blossomed  (with a lot of really hard work, a whole lot of "no thanks" or "no" answers and enough "yes" answers) into a year-round business that has constructed a network of about 30 farms (all of the farms we source our food from are located in the Greater Cedar Valley) to help supply our retail, grocery store, large institutional, and restaurant accounts/customers in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Hudson, Cedar Rapids, Mt. Vernon, and surrounding area towns.


    We still have that tiny red trailer, but not the tiny car, we wore it out.  The role for the little red trailer has changed to carrying around.....basically nothing.  Now we operate with two full size tow vehicles and two big trailers in order to keep pace.  Our 20' foot flatbed trailer handles our farmers markets and bulk/pallet deliveries that we began using in 2013.  In 2015, we purchased a second trailer, a commercial grade custom designed refrigerated (also can be set to freezer temps) trailer to handle our more sensitive food items such as eggs, chicken, pork and more perishable fruits/veggies.


    Since 2014, we have also offered a 10 or 20 week CSA Share Membership to the public and now in 2017 we are preparing to launch an online ordering system for the summer growing season.  We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the customers that have helped that tiny little idea grow into a great big dream!!!


Respectfully,

Chad & Melanie Thomas