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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, May. 25, 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

Feeling stressed? Learn tips from our behavioral health experts on how to manage your stress levels and how simple exercise, like walking, can make a difference in helping to reduce anxiety and stress. Be sure to grab a free central Iowa trail map! We’ll also be celebrating 50 years of committed community mental health services provided by Eyerly Ball.

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, Sept. 21, Oct. 12

Eddie Arndorfer

Eddie Arndorfer plays acoustic guitar and piano covers of a wide variety of music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Jack Johnson. Arndorfer also plays ukelele and the harmonica, with a repertoire consisting on country, acoustic, pop, jazz and classic rock.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Oct. 19

Meredith Drive Reformed Church Kids Ministry

This group consists of church members, including both kids and adults, performing family-friendly music, as well as children ministry church songs. They will bring an acoustic guitar, keyboard, small drums and tambourines to get listeners as energized as they are! Puppet shows, balloons and face painting are some fun activities this group will share with the community.
Dates: May 25

Morgan Wolfe

Morgan Wolfe is a 16-year-old singer from Johnston, Iowa. She plays piano, guitar and flute, and her performances range from pop to R&B to jazz as she expresses herself through her love for music.
Dates: May 25, July 6, Aug. 24

Professor Von Air, Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

Professor Von Air has been performing since 1996 at events all over Iowa, the Midwest and overseas. In addition, he has taught balloon art and clowning. He specializes in balloon art, silly magic and games.
Dates: May 4, May 25, June 8, July 6, July 20, Aug. 31, Oct. 12

Shamalan

Shamalan is made up of a drummer with two guitarists/bassists. They like to jam without having anyone sing.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 3, Oct. 19

Sweet Tater

Sweet Tater presents dusty Iowa back road country blues, folk and originals on guitar and harmonica, while sitting on a bucket, stomping on a tambourine.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 10, Sept. 7, Oct. 12

Vanilla Midnight

Vanilla Midnight is a band consisting of several state-wide recognized jazz musicians. With music ranging from slow, classic Jazz all the way to high-energy modern funk, this group can provide entertainment for any setting.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 3

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:

Council of International Education Exchange

Council of International Educational Exchange is a nonprofit program that provides the public with information about hosting foreign exchange high school students. The mission of the Council of International Educational Exchange is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Stop by and match flags from around the world with their country. Profiles of the exchange students will be available at the booth along with brochures detailing the program.

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers is a community of nonreligious people carrying out social, charitable, educational and civic activities. Stop by the booth to see a demonstration of the solar system and learn more about the science behind this community.

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."

Save the Children Action Network

Save the Children Action Network mobilizes Americans to support investments in early childhood. They will provide information to educate the public about the need for early childhood education growth in Iowa and share ways that anyone and everyone can take action and support children.

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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