The Downtown Farmers’ Market has returned for its 2021 seasons as a modified, in-person Market. The Market takes place each Saturday through the end of October in the center of Downtown Des Moines’ (DSM's) Historic Court District.
On Saturday, May 22, The Market will start including ready-to-eat prepared food vendors as part of a phased-in approach to scaling up. On Saturday, May 29, Memorial Day weekend, The Market will increase its capacity to host 165 on-site vendors. All participating vendors will be rotated into The Market throughout the remainder of the 2021 Season. The scaled-back Market will continue to focus on providing fresh produce, meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers and artisan packaged food, handmade art and ready-to-eat prepared food to the community in a safe way.
Dates & Hours
- Dates: Every Saturday from May 1 – Oct. 30, 2021
- Hours: 7 a.m. – Noon (October: 8 a.m. – Noon)
- Download the Market Map
An extra booth-length distance will be placed between participating vendors and attendees will be encouraged to adhere to the 6-feet social distancing guideline while shopping at The Market. Masks will be required for attendees and vendors and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout The Market. Customer walking traffic will also be limited to one-way paths to ensure a safe streamlined shopping process.
Vendors who will not appear at the weekly Saturday Market will have the opportunity to offer their products for purchase on the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace Online. Attendees are also highly encouraged to preorder items from participating in-person vendors on the Online Marketplace to speed up the transaction process at The Market.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market will continuously reevaluate protocols and programming throughout the season in response to the fluctuating COVID-19 virus infection levels and vaccination rates.
Thank you for your continued support of the Downtown Farmers' Market.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health — Des Moines and produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Thank You to the Downtown Farmers' Market Sponsors