The Newton Farmers’ Market's history began in the 1980s, started by local attorney and Chamber of Commerce member Herbert S. Selby. It has been held in various locations around town through the years: Courthouse Square; the Maid-Rite parking lot; and the old K-Mart parking lot [now home to Underwriters Laboratories] to name a few.


In 2007, with cooperation from the Chamber of Commerce and sponsorship from Centre for Arts and Artists, the market moved to North Third Street. Under Diane Martinson's management, the market grew and flourished there.

At the close of the 2014 season, it was decided to bring the market back to Courthouse Square. The idea was presented to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors and approved in February, 2015. Read the story

So beginning with the 2015 season, Newton Main Street, a program of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, began to organize and operate the market from Courthouse Square.