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Downtown Farmers' Market to Host Virtual Market Meet-Ups

April 28, 2020

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (April 28, 2020) – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health — Des Moines will kick off the season virtually this Saturday, May 2. The Market is partnering with DSM TV to host a live hour-long virtual Market Meet-Up beginning at 8 a.m. on the Downtown Farmers’ Market Facebook page. This will happen in place of the outdoor market that was previously scheduled prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Saturday Morning Virtual Market Meet-Up embraces interactive social media that will highlight vendors, products and sponsors. Programming elements will include details on how to purchase vendor products, in-season cooking demos and recipes, and live musicians and entertainment. Virtual market-goers will have the opportunity to learn about ways to connect with Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors online, including leveraging a local food co-op to access fresh Market products.

The Market Meet-Up will kick off with a virtual Opening Bell Ceremony followed by a virtual toast to vendors and shoppers. All elements of the production will be carried out while practicing social distancing.

“In this era of physical distancing, public safety and support for our vendors and shoppers are of the utmost importance,” said Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “This is a fun opportunity to get together virtually and celebrate some of our favorite elements of the Downtown Farmers’ Market, so I encourage you to make your breakfast, prepare a cup of coffee and join us to learn how you can shop from local Market vendors.”

The Saturday Morning Virtual Market Meet-Up is scheduled for the next three Saturdays: May 2, May 9 and May 16. The Market will continue to evaluate next steps for hosting an outdoor market by following local, state and federal public health guidelines.

Join the virtual event on the Downtown Farmers’ Market Facebook page, participate in the #DSMlocalchallenge by purchasing from Market vendors and learn more information at desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

About the Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. 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 365 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.