Newbo Market Begins Outdoor Season

By Brad Maxwell, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Even with the unseasonably cool temperatures and blustering winds, outdoor venders are eager to set up shop this spring.

Over 20 venders lined the patio outside NewBo market Saturday morning, selling products ranging from fresh vegetables to an assortment of flowers. For many vendors, Saturday marked one of their first days outside this season.

Andy Tygrett began selling at the NewBo market in October of 2012. Tygrett was one of the few outdoor venders who braved the wet conditions last weekend. Selling a range of vegetables that thrive during the spring and summer months, he remains hopeful warmer temperatures bring more customers.

"With the type of product that we're selling, plants and stuff, people would like to see the weather a little warmer to get them in the mood," Tygrett said. "Today we got windy conditions but it's all part of an outdoor market."

This year marks NewBo Market's first outdoor season, and they are expecting big numbers. Officials from NewBo hope to double their typical Saturday attendance from 3,000 to 6,000.

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