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Downtown Farmers’ Market Opens Vendor Applications For Second Half Of Season, Announces Dates For 2023 Winter Market

June 21, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (June 21, 2023) – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has opened vendor applications for the second half of the 2023 outdoor season to fill a limited number of available spots that were not yet filled during the preseason application process.

The Market will accept applications from the following types of vendors: 

  • Those that have participated in or been approved for the Spark DSM  Business Incubator 
  • Prepared food vendors 
  • Artisan food vendors 
  • Material goods vendors 
  • Farmers 

Applications will close on Wednesday, July 12 and vendors will be selected to begin selling at The Market in August. Steps for applying are available on The Partnership’s website.  

“We are excited to open applications for the second half of The Market season and welcome even more new vendors to sell their products to Market patrons,” said Megan Renkel, Manager of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “We have experienced strong attendance so far this Market season and appreciate the support that our community shows to Market vendors.” 

The Market continues each Saturday through the end of October in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The Market takes place from 7 a.m. – Noon each Saturday, with hours switching to 8 a.m. – Noon in October. 

Additionally, The Market has announced the dates for the 2023 Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market. The Winter Market will take place from Friday, Nov. 17 – Sunday, Nov. 19 at Hy-Vee Hall in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Times will be announced at a later date. 

The Winter Market takes a holiday spin on the outdoor Market. The Winter Market will feature late-season produce, holiday gifts, baked goods and more. Applications for vendors will open later this summer. The Spark DSM Business Incubator will also have vendors at The Winter Market.  

The Winter Market will open vendor applications on Wednesday, July 19, and accept applicants through Wednesday, Aug. 23. 

“We are proud to partner with The Downtown Farmers’ Market as we work together to promote the health of our community along with small businesses. This is a great way for us to extend our support of diversity, equity and inclusion beyond our clinic and hospital walls as we support businesses in our community,” said David Stark, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “We encourage everyone to be sure to visit the summer and winter markets and enjoy all that is offered.”   

Learn more about what is happening at this week’s Market on The Market’s website, and stay tuned for more information on The Winter Market in coming months.  

Those interested in sponsoring The Winter Market should reach out to Kathryn Smith.  

About the Downtown Farmers’ Market  

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning May – October in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. Find more information at desmoinesfarmersmarket.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/DowntownFarmersMarket and on Twitter and Instagram at @dtfarmersmarket.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership  

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.