Summer Traditions: The Freight House Farmers Market


Summer is my jam. I love being uncomfortably hot and I don’t mind the sticky sweaty mess that comes with my favorite season. Maybe I’ve been conditioned to love summer from being a little kid counting down the days until summer vacation, or perhaps it has to do with my June birthday.

Either way, I’m obsessed.

Summertime is for farmers markets and floral dresses.

I have a handful of summer traditions that make the season that much sweeter. Sundays spent on the river with my dad, Friday afternoons at my grandparents, and going hiking as much as humanely possible (aka as often as I can sucker my boyfriend into it.)

This summer I’ve established a new tradition: Saturday mornings at the farmers market.

The Quad Cities has been growing so much in the past few years, and one of the best additions (in my humble opinion) is the Freight House Farmers market.

Fresh produce, beautiful crafts, and the best iced coffee I’ve had in my life make it a Quad Cities must see.

Summertime is for farmers markets and floral dresses.

Summertime is for farmers markets and floral dresses.

I’ve been to other farmers markets in other cities, and none of them have come close to the Freight House Farmers market across the river in Iowa.

Every week I pick up something a little different, but here is a sample of my usual haul:

  • A toffee iced coffee from Deb’s Daily Grind (best coffee + sweetest people!)
  • Jalepeno peppers because I’m obsessed with anything spicy
  • Chips and salsa to take on the boat
  • Turtle fudge because it’s my boyfriend and my mom’s favorite
  • Any extra ingredients on the rare occasions I’ve actually meal prepped for the coming week

If I’m being honest, farmers markets are a good place to spend money that you otherwise wouldn’t be spending, but really I think it’s worth it. The atmosphere is great, the products are going to be local and high quality, and you get to support entrepreneurs in your area.

I’ll be spending the rest of the month in New York City and I’ll be hitting up the Union Square Farmers Market and maybe the Brooklyn Flea, but the whole time I’ll be wishing I were at the Freight House Farmers Market sipping on some coffee from Deb’s Daily Grind.

What is the best hidden gem your home town has to offer? 

  • Rachelle Ray

    Heading to the Corrales Growers Market or the Railyards Market in New Mexico is on my goals list for July! I haven’t gotten there yet, but I have a few weekends left. 🙂 Love supporting local and getting out for the summer!

  • The Farmers market is a good place to be on a weekend. I agree and love summer too – but then I live in the land of the perpetual summer (the Caribbean)

  • Makaela Premont

    Gorgeous photos as always! I love going to local farmer markets because you always find the best quality items right from your home town. I’m in a love/hate relationship with summer. I love being warm and the sunshine all day, but I have curly hair so it frizzes up my hair in no time!

    -xo, Makaela

  • I love your beautiful photos! When I saw the first picture on Twitter,I thought that is a pretty background. I was surprised to find out it was a train! I think that it brilliant to use that as a background.

  • Morgan – what camera do you use? the quality is mesmerizing😍

    🌷 Mila

    • Desiree Sandlin

      Hi Mila!
      These particular photos are taken with my Nikon D750 & 50mm lens. 🙂


  • Desiree Sandlin

    I want to go again soon!! And bring Teddy along this time, whatcha think? 🙂