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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend At Downtown Farmers’ Market

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, IOWA – Kick off the holiday weekend this Saturday, May 27 at the Downtown Farmers’ Market Presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. The Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance, which is a part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. It started May 6 and takes place every Saturday morning through Oct. 28, 2017. Hours are 7 a.m. to noon, with a later start time during October when hours are 8 a.m. to noon. The Market spans nine city blocks in the Historic Court District, from First Street to Fifth Avenue. It extends north and […]

Opening Day of Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market Season Is Saturday

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, IOWA – This Saturday, May 6 is Opening Day of the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

New this season, The Market has partnered with the 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 […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market Announces 2017 Vendors

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has announced its list of 288 vendors for the 2017 season.

Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market is This Weekend

As Winter Market Begins, Meals from the Market Celebrates Successful Outdoor Season

As Thanksgiving approaches, area residents can shop for their Thanksgiving meals, holiday decorations and more at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines this weekend on Friday and Saturday. The Winter Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at Capital Square at 400 Locust St. and Kaleidoscope at The Hub at 555 Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines. The Winter Market will return on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Winter Farmers’ Market  is a perfect […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market Wraps Up Outdoor Season This Weekend

Winter Market scheduled for Nov. 18/19 and Dec. 16/17

The Downtown Farmers’ Market Presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will wrap up the final outdoor market of the season this Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines.

The Market invites patrons for shopping and some trick-or-treat fun to celebrate the final day of the 2016 market season. Patrons are invited to bring their children dressed in costume to celebrate fall and Halloween. Participating vendors will dress up in amusing costumes, decorate their space and hand out treats and candy to children in attendance. The […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market Begins Fall Hours This Saturday

Patrons can find fresh produce and enjoy Market activities beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays in October.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will begin its fall hours of 8 a.m. to Noon each Saturday during the month of October. The Market takes place every Saturday morning from May 7 through Oct. 29, 2016, spanning nine city blocks in the Historic Court District. With only five Saturdays left in the season, patrons are encouraged to enjoy everything The Market has to offer.

Farmers and producers from 58 counties fill the Court District with a variety of current, […]

Polk County, Downtown Farmers’ Market Celebrate Milestones in Feeding the Hungry

Local food pantries have experienced a significant influx of food, hours of available service thanks to initiatives.

Polk County and the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines announced milestones in major initiatives to feed the hungry in Greater Des Moines. The announcements were made at this morning’s Downtown Farmers’ Market in the Historic Court Avenue District.

Polk County announced that its Partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County has raised nearly $5 million dollars that is being used to increase access to food pantries throughout Polk County. By the end of the calendar year the initiative will have […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market Continues Into Fall

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

School is beginning and the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is still in full swing with an array of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. The Market takes place every Saturday morning from May 7 through Oct. 29, 2016. Hours are 7 a.m. – Noon, including on Labor Day weekend, and 8 a.m. – Noon during October. The Downtown Farmers’ Market spans nine city blocks in the Historic Court District.

Farmers and producers from 58 counties fill the Court District with a variety of current, in-season produce including apples, beans, beets, bitter melon, Brussels […]

Celebrate Summer with Fresh Produce at Downtown Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines continues this summer with an array of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. The Market takes place every Saturday morning from May 7 – Oct. 29, 2016. Hours are 7 a.m. – Noon, and 8 a.m. – Noon during October. The Downtown Farmers’ Market spans nine city blocks in the Historic Court District.

Farmers and producers from 58 counties fill the Court District with a variety of current, in-season produce including apples, beans, beets, bitter melon, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, greens, kohlrabi, onions, peppers, potatoes, […]

Celebrate Holiday Weekend At Downtown Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016

The Market will be open from 7 a.m. – Noon this Saturday

Celebrate the holiday weekend at the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines from 7 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, July 2. The Downtown Farmers’ Market spans nine city blocks in the Historic Court District.

The Market will feature fresh, in-season produce including beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, garlic, greens, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini and sweet corn. The Market will feature the perfect items for Fourth of July gatherings including a variety of Iowa-raised […]

Tips For Traveling To The Downtown Farmers’ Market During The Dam To Dam Race

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016

Patrons of the Downtown Farmers’ Market Presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines may experience travel delays due to the Dam to Dam race this Saturday, June 4, 2016. Traffic will be heavy, so please be patient as a full Farmers’ Market filled with your favorite products and loads of fun is waiting for you. Parking will be available in the Downtown Public Ramps. (Dam to Dam participants are being shuttled in or being directed to park in private lots.)

Getting to the Downtown Farmers’ Market will not be impacted coming from the north. From the south, westbound […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market Opens In One Month

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Opening Day is May 7

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will open for its 41st season on May 7. The Market will span nine city blocks in the Historic Court District every Saturday morning from May 7 – Oct. 29, 2016. Hours are 7 a.m. – noon during May through September, and 8 a.m. – noon during October.

“As The Market comes to life on opening day, we invite visitors to meet hundreds of local growers and producers while they take a moment to enjoy their time at the […]

Mark Your Calendar For Downtown Farmers’ Market Starting May 7

Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7, for Opening Day of the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. The Market will open for its 41st season. The Market will span nine city blocks in the Historic Court District every Saturday morning from May 7 – Oct. 29, 2016. Hours are 7 a.m. – noon during May through September, and 8 a.m. – noon during October.

“As the spring and summer approach, we are excited to continue the great tradition of the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines,” said Kelly Foss, […]

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET PRESENTED BY UNITYPOINT HEALTH – DES MOINES WINS ADDY AWARDS

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has won a pair of awards at the National American Advertising Awards Program (ADDYs) hosted by the American Advertising Federation Des Moines on Saturday evening.

The Market won a Silver ADDY in the category of Visual Illustration Series for chalkboard-themed illustrations promoting The Market’s 40th outdoor season as well as the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. The Market also won a Judges’ Choice Award for its 2015 flyers, which used the illustrations. The illustrations were designed and drawn by Jenna Brownlee, […]

Find Your Holiday Goods At Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market

Find everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast and holiday gifts at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market Presented by UnityPoint Health ­– Des Moines on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. For the third year, the Winter Farmers’ Market will be located at Capital Square at 400 Locust St. in addition to Kaleidoscope Mall at 555 Walnut St. in Downtown Des Moines. Both buildings are connected by the skywalk. The Winter Market will also be offered in the same location on Dec. 18 and 19. The Winter Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

The […]

Reminder: Downtown Farmers’ Market 2015 Season ends Oct. 31

Saturday is the last chance to enjoy the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines during the 2015 Saturday Market season. Shop in the Historic Court District from 8 a.m. to Noon, enjoy trick-or-treating at The Market and choose from your favorite fall produce and products.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market encourages market patrons to dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween. Participating vendors will dress up, decorate their booth and hand out candy to children in attendance. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will feature fun kids’ games and prizes. The Meals from the Market tent sponsored by Great Western […]

Downtown Farmers’ Market to open at 8 a.m. for the month of October

 

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will begin one hour later for the month of October. Shop in the Historic Court District from 8 a.m. to Noon every Saturday through Oct. 31.

This is the third year the Downtown Farmers’ Market has started later in October. The later start provides more daylight as vendors prepare their stands for the arrival of Market patrons.

Trick-or-treat at the Market the last Saturday of the Season, Oct. 31! The Downtown Farmers’ Market encourages market patrons (and their dogs) to dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween.

The award-winning Downtown Farmers’ Market supports nearly 300 local entrepreneurs […]

SIGNATURE DOWNTOWN EVENTS RECOGNIZED WITH INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – Two of the signature events in Downtown Des Moines were recognized on an international scale by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The Des Moines Arts Festival® and the Downtown Farmers’ Market have each won a number of awards during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, AZ on Monday. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition draws entries from the world’s top festivals and events.

The Des Moines Arts Festival® won a total of 26 awards, including the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest […]

Reminder: Downtown Farmers’ Market open Saturday July 4th

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is open this Saturday, on the Fourth of July Holiday from 7 a.m. to Noon.  The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, including holidays, from May 2-Oct. 31. The Market will also have sweet corn available starting this weekend, Saturday July 4.

 

Tips for Traveling to the Downtown Farmers’ Market During the Dam to Dam Race

Downtown Farmers’ Market patrons should expect travel delays due to the Dam to Dam race this Saturday, May 30, 2015. Traffic will be heavy, so please be patient as a full farmers market filled with your favorite products and loads of fun is waiting for you.  Parking will be available in the Downtown Public Ramps. (Dam to Dam participants are being shuttled in or being directed to park in private lots.)

Suggested routes to The Market:

From the north: Use I-235 and take the Third, Fifth, or Seventh street exits south to the market. These streets will only be affected when crossing […]

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS MAY 2 FOR ITS 40TH SEASON

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce that the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will return to Downtown Des Moines for its 40thSeason on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Market will span nine city blocks and continue to be held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, from May 2 – Oct. 31, 2015.

“We are honored to partner with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines as our presenting sponsor for the third year”, says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers’ Market Director, “Their active presence will continue to connect our Farmers’ […]

2014 – SHOP LOCAL AT THE LAST DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET OF THE YEAR

December 8, 2014

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance will hold the final Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Winter Farmers’ Market will be located at Capital Square at 400 Locust in addition to Kaleidoscope Mall at 555 Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines; both buildings are connected via skywalk.

“Experience all the Winter Market has to offer by visiting both Capital Square and Kaleidoscope locations,” advises Kelly Foss, director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “The Winter Market will make shopping for your holiday meals and parties […]

2014 – Find Everything for a Fresh Iowa Thanksgiving at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market

November 11, 2014

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – Shop local for your Thanksgiving feast and holiday gifts at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.  – 1 p.m. For the second year, the Winter Farmers’ Market will be located at Capital Square at 400 Locust in addition to Kaleidoscope Mall at 555 Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines; both buildings are connected via skywalk.  The Winter Market will also be offered at the same location on Dec. 12 and 13, 2014.

“We have expanded our Friday hours for the Winter Market this year,” says […]

2014 – Downtown Farmers’ Market wins Six International Festivals & Events Association Awards

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is pleased to announce it was presented with six awards during last night’s IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo in Kansas City, Missouri. Awards were won in the following categories:

GOLD – BEST SOCIAL MEDIA SITE (Facebook, Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market)
GOLD – BEST MISCELLANEOUS MULTIMEDIA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfyRZK6sRB4)
GOLD – BEST SINGLE MAGAZINE DISPLAY AD (Edible, Summer 2014)
GOLD – BEST SINGLE NEWSPAPER DISPLAY AD (YogaIowa, Spring 2014)
GOLD – BEST OTHER MERCHANDISE (Downtown Farmers’ Market Jute Bag)
SILVER – BEST EVENT […]

2014 – Downtown Farmers’ Market to open at 8 a.m. for the month of October

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will adjust its hours for the month of October to begin one hour later. Shop in the Historic Court District from 8 a.m. to Noon every Saturday through Oct. 25.

“This is our second year starting an hour later in October,” says Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “We made this change in response to feedback from our Vendor Advisory Committee about how dark it is for setup this time of year, moving the start time back an hour provides a little more daylight […]

2014 – Downtown Farmers’ Market ranked #2 nationally for the second consecutive year

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is proud to announce that it has been ranked #2 of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America for 2014 by The Daily Meal for the second consecutive year.

The Daily Meal ranks Farmers Markets based on several criteria including quality and variety of products sold, how affordable products are, public endorsement and recognition, where it’s located and how often it’s open. The full 2014 list can be found at http://www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-farmers-markets-in-america. The Downtown Farmers’ Market was first recognized  by The Daily Meal in 2013, ranked […]

2014 – A statement about the delayed opening on July 5, 2014

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. 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 […]

2014 – Downtown Farmers’ Market – Travel tips for this Saturday!

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from May 3 – Oct 25, 2014. This Saturday, Market patrons may experience travel delays due to Dam to Dam.

Here are four tips to get to The Market May 31:

Come before 9:30 a.m., stay until at least 10 a.m. (Avoid traveling to and from The Market between 9:30-10 a.m.)
Use I-235 and take the Third, Fifth, or Seventh street exits south to the market. (These streets will only be affected for approximately 9 minutes at the start […]

2014 – OPENING DAY MAY 3, 2014

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines opens for its 39th Season on Saturday May 3, 2014. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine and even holidays, from May 3 – Oct 25, 2014.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open from 7 a.m. – noon until Fall hours begin the first Saturday of October, when The Market will open an hour later, Oct. Fall hours are 8 a.m. – noon.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market supports nearly 300 local […]

2014 – DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS MAY 3

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce that the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will return to Downtown Des Moines for its 39th season on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from May 3 – Oct. 25, 2014.

“We are proud to be partnering with UnityPoint Health once again, as our presenting sponsor”, says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers’ Market Director, “Their active presence will continue to tie our market community to resources for a healthier […]