Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keep Becky Davis from doing her appointed job.
Does Davis work for U.S. Post Office? Nope, she works for Loess Hills Honey L.L.C., a twice-a-week mainstay at the Sioux City Farmers Market.
"I've been here when it was snowy, windy and rainy," Davis said, inside a kiosk selling specialty honeys, pollen and lotions. "You keep your fingers crossed for days like today."
Davis was correct. Sunny skies, pleasant breezes and mild temps made May 5 -- the first Saturday of the Farmers Market schedule -- a perfect time to check the vendors congregated in the Tyson Events Center parking lot at the corner of Tri-View Avenue and Pearl Street.
For the past ten summers, as many as 50 vendors have sold their produce, crafts, prepared foods and supplies during the Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday.
"For many vendors, it becomes like an addiction," Davis said. "It wouldn't feel like summer if you're at the Farmer Market."
Indeed, businesses like Loess Hills Honey as well as the Merrill, Iowa-based C. Brown Farms can expect to do the majority of their annual business at the Farmers Market.
Similarly, Coffee & Nosh -- a Correctionville, Iowa-based mobile restaurant specializing in gourmet teas, coffees and healthier version of comfort food faves -- will maintain a presence at the Sioux City Farmers Market, between now and Oct. 27.
In addition, people desiring a Coffee & Nosh fix from owner Stacy Orndorff and her crew, Thursdays, in the parking lot of Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library as well as, beginning June 1, every Friday, at Pearl Street Park at Seventh & Pearl Streets.
Coffee & Nosh will also be making the rounds at various festivals between now and the first part of November.
"We encourage people to follow our social media to find out about our newest offerings as well as where will be parked during a particular day of the week," Orndorff explained.
Other Sioux City Farmers Market faves includes the Omaha-based Erick's Enchiladas's, which specialized in authentic Mexican fare, and Gnarly Pepper, a Dakota Dunes-based business which makes healthy dips to go with one's chips.
One of the newer Farmers Market vendors in the Honey Creek, Iowa-based Doe's & Diva's Dairy, which features Farmstead Sheep and Goat Milk Products.
While we cant vouch for any of Doe's & Diva's soaps and lotion, the business' Speakeasy cheese (a boozy Brie) was outstanding. We're sad that we missed out in an opportunity to sample the company's Cranberry Horseradish Chevre, which is supposed to be even better.
However, some of our favorites Farmers Market vendors are businesses that have a year-round brick-and-mortar presence.
A popular restaurant that makes outstanding Italian foods, Trattoria Fresco has earned raves over its upscale omelettes, which can also be found at their 511 Fourth St. location.
Even better is The Pastry Parlor, a 16 16th St. bakery owned by German-born sisters Iris Hammer and Heike Craig.
Inside the small kiosk, they sell a bakery cases that are crammed with cupcakes, danishes, you name it.
We may have gone to the Sioux City Farmers for fresh fruits and veggies but we left with a bacon maple cinnamon roll from The Pastry Parlor.