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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is held every Saturday, May through October, in the Historic Court District of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and is truly the meating spot!

Shop diverse products including locally grown produce, seasonal flowers, farm fresh eggs and cheese, locally produced wine and fresh baked goods. The Market offers Iowa-raised meat including beef, pork, bison, chicken, turkey, goat, rabbit and lamb. The Market brings urban and rural communities together, supporting more than 300 entrepreneurial vendors from across the state.

Spanning nine city blocks, we’ve got the beet! The Market experience also includes local artists, live music and entertainment, ready-to-eat foods, special programming and learning opportunities.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Do you enjoy volunteering? Come visit with our staff from volunteer services as they share information about opportunities to give back and the important roles volunteers play at all four of our hospitals.  In addition, employees from our Not New Shop, a thrift store benefiting Iowa Lutheran Hospital, will also be on-site to showcasing what the store has to offer and our amazing pet therapy dogs will be on-site too!

 

Entertainers

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

Cucho Madero

Born in the coastal city of Paramonga, Peru, Cucho formed a band and toured Peru before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990. He performs Latin and international music on the Romanian-style pan flute.
Dates: May 25, August 10, Sept. 21, Oct. 12

Fresh Squeezed Tunes

Abe Goldstein is a solo accordion player specializing in standards, ethnic music and kids' tunes.
Dates: May 18, July 27, Sept. 21

Kevin Lindgren

This acoustic rock cover musician is always willing to try new performance opportunities. Having opened for a number of bands over the years, he is able to play a great show for any crowd.
Dates: July 27, Sept. 21

Mennonite Singers

The Mennonite Singers are a group that performs gospel music in beautiful four-part harmonies.
Dates: Sept. 21

Sydney Storm

Creating magic since the age of six, Sydney Storm has been performing professionally since high school. He enjoys twisting balloons at The Market for all the children that stop by!
Dates: May 18, July 13, July 27, Sept. 21, Oct. 26

Tropical Steel

With over 14 years of performance experience at The Market, this local group boasts of a Caribbean-steel style. Their tropical program, involving crowd participation, hula hoops and small instruments, is enjoyable for all ages!
Dates: May 11, June 8, July 20, Aug. 10, Sept. 21

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:

Des Moines University

Des Moines University wants to encourage people of all ages to think about what they are eating. At The Market, there will be medical students and licensed physicians sharing information about ways to eat healthy using ingredients they can buy right at The Market.

Drake Athletics

The mission of the Drake Athletics Department is to provide a positive athletic experience to all individuals. Stop by to spin the prize wheel and learn more about their upcoming fall sports and their Kids' Club!

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge-People for Pollinators partners with schools and businesses around our community to help pollinators survive. They provide educational materials, site planning assistance, vegetative maintenance expertise and seeds or plants to get the garden up and running. Stop by the booth to receive a take-home pollinator package" and learn how you can help and why pollinators are important."

NEDA Walk Des Moines

National Eating Disorder Association is a non-profit organization devote to preventing eating disorders, providing treatment referrals, and increasing the education and understanding of eating disorders, weight, and body image. Come learn about their walk event that will be held September 28, 2019.

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. They will be promoting upcoming events and distributing seasonal educational information.

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:

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