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Downtown Farmers' Market: May 18, 2024

Date: Saturday, May. 18, 2024 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information

Featuring over 300 vendors from 43 Iowa counties, the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) offers scores of tasty treats each summer on Saturdays. Visitors can enjoy locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods and Iowa-raised meat, including beef, pork, chicken, goat, rabbit, lamb and tilapia! The adventure doesn’t stop there either. Guests can enjoy local artists, live music and entertainment, ready-to-eat foods, special programming and learning opportunities all in the course of a Saturday morning. Whether it’s seasonal flowers, locally produced wine or a new culinary adventure, there’s always something to experience at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Programming 

As The Market's presenting sponsor, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines brings helpful wellness and prevention programs directly to The Market! From health screenings to weekly giveaways, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will be on-site each Saturday to support its mission of healing, caring and teaching. Stop by their booth to learn more!  


Search for your favorite Market vendors and discover new ones in the complete vendor list


Enjoy live music from local performers while you shop. This week, hear these performers: 

  • Ace Jones Music 
  • Ryan Baade Music
  • Mr. Magic Productions
  • Jeff Stagg
  • Chris Powell

Community Corner

Stop by the Community Corner on Third Street, south of Court Avenue, to find out what is happening in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Local charitable organizations — welcomed as Saturday Salutes at The Market — promote learning opportunities, Downtown events and community resources each Saturday. This week, check out the Saturday Salutes: 

  • Polk County Master Gardeners - The Master Gardener program is a volunteer service training program whereby adults are given advanced training in horticulture in exchange for volunteer service to the community. 
  • Iowa Asian Alliance - The mission of IAA is to unite Iowa's diverse Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities for the purpose of fostering economic growth and community development within the state of Iowa. IAA's vision is to create an Iowa in which these groups are an integral part of a vibrant and prosperous community. Learn about CelebrAsian, Des Moines' Asian Heritage Festival.
  • Horizon Science Academy - Public Charter School located in Des Moines, IA in the Beaverdale neighborhood.
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines - The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting people to their potential, purpose, and each other. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines provides spaces to play, to learn, to be healthy, to eat well and to give back. 

Market Extras and Special Programming 

Enjoy unique programming from Market sponsors during your visit. Learn more about all the Market programming, including special Market deals happening every week. This week, check out this special programming: 

  • Bath Planet 
  • Clear Choice Exteriors