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DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET 2021 FAQS

The Downtown Farmers’ Market continues to scale up during the 2021 season in response to the latest COVID-19 rules and regulations.

Those who have had a fever in the last three days, been ill or are visibly showing signs of illness (i.e., coughing and sneezing) are highly encouraged to not attend The Market. The Market will continuously reevaluate protocols and programming throughout the season in response to the fluctuating COVID-19 virus infection levels and vaccination rates.

What are The Market hours?

The Market will be open every Saturday from May 1 – Oct. 30, with hours from 7 a.m. – Noon; in October only, The Market’s hours are 8 a.m. – Noon.

Where is The Market located?

The Market is an open-air street market located in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). For mapping purposes, use 300 Court Ave., Des Moines; however, this is not a mailing address.

What vendors and products will be at The Market?

The Market provides fresh produce, meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers, artisan packaged food such as granola, jam, honey and salsa, handmade art, health and beauty items and ready-to-eat prepared foods.

Will there be music and live entertainment at The Market?

At this time, The Market will host entertainment groups to perform in designated areas each Saturday, and phase in family and children's activities as the season progresses.

Will The Market provide additional seating options?

The Market currently offers two limited seating and eating areas, one in the courtyard located at 100 Court Ave. and another on Court Avenue near Fifth Street.

Are masks required?

Per the latest CDC guidelines, masks will be optional for Downtown Farmers' Market attendees and vendors.  The Market has begun to include a limited amount of live entertainment options and will continue to phase in our local musicians, artists and entertainers.

Where can I find the latest updates as the situation surrounding the pandemic evolves?

The Market will continuously reevaluate protocols and programming throughout the season in response to the fluctuating COVID-19 virus infection levels and vaccination rates. Find updates on the status of The Market’s guidelines and modifications by visiting desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

Will there be handwashing and/or sanitizing stations at The Market?

Yes, there will be multiple hand sanitizer and handwashing stations easily accessible throughout The Market. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available at the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Health Hub located inside the blue tent at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue.

Will cash payments still be allowed?

Cash is accepted by all vendors. However, The Market team encourages all patrons to consider using touchless or card payments, when possible.

Are dogs allowed at The Market?

The Market takes place in the Historic Court District, which is the neighborhood of many Downtown residents.

Market management encourages pet owners to leave their dog at home. If patrons do choose to bring their dogs, they are expected to act in a responsible pet-owner manner and adhere to these six rules to ensure a pleasant Market experience for all:

  • Dogs must be under control on a short leash (max. three-foot leash), and by the owner’s side always. Dogs need to be kept away from produce, plants and food products.
  • Dogs need to be courteous and able to socialize with people and other dogs.
  • Be understanding. Not everyone loves dogs, and some fear dogs.
  • The Market operates under the City of Des Moines’ laws regarding pets, which include a leash law, cleanup of droppings, current tags and a current rabies certificate.
  • Bring doggy cleanup bags or use bags provided around The Market located in dispensers on various light poles.

If I have a question at The Market, where can I find someone to ask?

Market staff members will be available at the Information Booth at Third Street and Court Avenue to answer Market related questions.

How can I pre-order or shop online from participating Market vendors?

Many participating Market vendors sell online through their business websites and social media. There will be an Online Marketplace coming soon where customers will be able to preorder items to pick up at The Market, and purchase items from vendors not currently at The Market. When available, this information can be found on our website, desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

Where should I park?

Visitors have numerous options available adjacent to The Market. Several free and paid parking meters, lots and garages are available on streets surrounding The Market.

Patrons are also encouraged to use a free bike valet service or park along the Downtown Farmers' Market DART D-Line route. Please visit the Parking and Directions webpage here.

What if I am planning to make a large or heavy purchase at The Market?

The Market offers a free wagon lending program to help patrons tote cumbersome purchases to their vehicles! Wagon availability is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, stop by the Information Booth at Third Street and Court Avenue for more details or to borrow a wagon.