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About Downtown Farmers' Market

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 and artists that represent 50 counties across the state of Iowa. Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.


The Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July through September. In recent years, The Market supports nearly 300 vendors and an average of 25,000 visitors each Saturday during May through October and over 100 at the Winter Market in November and December.


Court Avenue Parking Garage

Winter Market

Dates + Hours

  • Saturday, Nov. 21  |  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

New Location

The Drive-Through Winter Farmers and Makers Market will take place at the Principal Park parking lot at 1 Line Drive in Downtown DSM. In past years, the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market has taken place at indoor venues, including Hy-Vee Hall and Capitol Square.


While The Market plans to be open, rain or shine, inclement weather can make closures, delays and/or cancellations possible. In the case of emergency weather conditions, the safety of Market patrons and vendors (and their employees) is The Market’s first priority. Because of the variable nature of a potential emergency or urgent situation, vendors, patrons and the general public should be on alert and adhere to the direction given in the emergency or urgent situation. If time permits, information about closures, delays or cancellations will be broadcast. The Market social media outlets will also have information in addition to this website.

Media Inquiries

Photos are shared with accredited members of the media and for nonprofit promotion of the region. For more information or to request photos or b-roll video footage, please contact:

Courtney Shaw  |  Vice President of Communications
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4919

National Recognition

The Market has been nationally recognized by families and critics alike. Whether they’re praising the farm-fresh produce at the Saturday Market or the delicious spices that fill the air at the Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market, people across the country call The Market one of the America’s best.