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Open rain or shine* Every Saturday May – Oct.
Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa
SATURDAY MARKET HOURS: 7 AM – NOON
The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines connects urban and rural communities while supporting nearly 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 50 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, even holidays, from May – October. The Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance (DCA), part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Downtown Farmers’ Market has been ranked #2 of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America by The Daily Meal for the two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014. The Market has also been named “#2 of the Top 10 Farmers Markets in the U.S.“ by Shape Magazine, “One of America’s Best Farmers’ Markets” by Midwest Living Magazine, “Best in the Midwest” by Country Living Magazine, featured in a blog on RachelRay.com and mentioned by The Huffington Post in 5 Free Things to Do in Des Moines, Iowa’s Up-And-Coming Capital. Success of The Market has prompted consistent growth and expansion with the development of the Winter Farmers’ Markets held one Friday and Saturday each in November and December. In an effort to support the cohesive Market community, and for the safety of both vendors and Market customers, The Market opens at 8 a.m. during the month of October.
Coming from the West
Take I-235 East
Take Exit 8A and keep left
Turn right on Third Street
Continue south approximately 1 mile to Court Avenue
Coming from the East
Take I-235 West
Take Exit 8A toward Downtown Des Moines and keep right
Turn left onto Third Street
Continue South approximately 1 mile to Court Avenue
Coming from the South
Take US 69
Turn left on Hartford Ave.
Turn right on SW 2nd St.
Continue north approximately 1 mile to Court Avenue
Coming by bicycle
Click on the following link for directions to the Farmers’ Market via Des Moines’ many bike trails. Bike Trail Map
Consider other ways to get to the Farmers’ Market this summer!
Walking, bicycling and riding the bus are great ways to get to the Downtown Farmers’ Market. With DART Central Station just four blocks away, riding the bus can be a stress-free option without the worries of traffic and parking. Take a look at DART’s Trip Planner tool to find nearby routes and directions.
CAR AND BIKE PARKING
Ramp 2nd and Court
Ramp 4th and Locust
Science Center Ramp at 4th St. and Market St. (There is a fee to park in this ramp.)
All metered parking is free on weekends, recommended street parking on the bridges or around the perimeter of The Market. Click here for a complete list of Downtown parking options.
The Bike Valet sponsored by Terrus Real Estate Group allows cyclists to ride their bikes to The Market and park safely while shopping and exploring Downtown Des Moines. This free service is operated by a Bike Collective staff person. Cyclists park their bikes on special racks in the bike corral, which is in a secure, safe area in the parking ramp. In addition to free parking, the Bike Valet also offers an air pump and mini tire changing workshops. The Bike Valet is located on the southeast corner of 2nd and Court.
FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE
New in 2017, The Market has partnered with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to offer extended Saturday service for The
Market. In the months of May through October, the Downtown D-Line will start Saturday service at 7 a.m. Attendees can park their vehicles anywhere along the route, hop on the bus and be dropped off near The Market between First Street and Fifth Avenue on the D-Line route. The D-Line runs primarily on Grand Avenue and Locust Street and uses the Walnut Street bridge to connect to the Historic East Village. Bus stops are located almost every block and marked specifically for the D-Line. D-Line buses will run approximately every 10 minutes on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here or click the map below to download!
What can I bring on the bus?
Grocery bags, coolers, baby strollers and most items from The Market are allowed on DART buses. There is no eating or drinking while on the bus, but food and beverages are welcome if in closed containers. For the safety of all passengers, we ask that you keep aisles clear and collapse any strollers or chairs you may have with you.
How to Ride Tips:
- Look for D-Line bus stop signs on Locust, Grand and Walnut. Stand at one of the bus stop signs and wait where the driver can see you. Buses arrive approximately every 10 minutes.
- As the bus approaches, check the sign above the windshield to make sure it displays the name “D-Line.”
- The D-Line is a free-to-ride route. Simply hop on, find a seat and enjoy the ride.
- Stay alert and remember to signal the driver — you do this by pulling the cord above the window or pressing the stop button on the hand rails approximately one block before your stop.
- If you are not sure where to get off, please ask the driver when you get on the bus. DART bus drivers are happy to help you!
MERCHANDISE & GIFT CERTIFICATES
Purchase a commemorative jute or recycled shopping bag during The Market at the Downtown Farmers’ Market information booth located near the northeast corner of Third and Court Avenue. Perfect for toting all of your Market purchases!
Downtown Farmers’ Market gift certificates are also available and can be purchased in advance (not available for sale during Market hours). For more information or to place an order please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July – September. Today, the Market supports nearly 300 vendors and an average of 25,000 visitors each Saturday during May – October. The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des MOines is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance, part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET
A Winter Farmers’ Market is held one Friday and Saturday each in November and December. The Winter Farmers’ Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers sell a variety of locally-raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally-produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations are available. Check back for more details including 2017 dates and location!
While we plan to be open every Saturday, rain or shine, inclement weather in this open-air market can make closures, delays and/or cancellations possible. In the case of emergency weather conditions, the safety of our patrons, vendors (and their employees), volunteers and staff is our first priority. On any given Saturday, The Market has nearly 300 vendors and more than 25,000 visitors spanning nine city blocks; we take their safety very seriously and make decisions accordingly. With regard to the personal safety of vendors, patrons and the general public, Market management will determine if or when a closure, delay and/or cancellation of The Market is imminent. Because of the variable nature of a potential emergency or urgent situation, we ask vendors, patrons and the general public to please be on alert and adhere to the direction given in the emergency or urgent situation. If time permits, we will broadcast any information about closures, delays or cancellations via local media and The Market social media outlets in addition to this website.