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Programming

The Downtown Farmers’ Market has something for everyone — shopping, eating and watching performers. Learn more about Market programs and how to get involved from May - October 2021.

Live Well with UnityPoint Health — Des Moines

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is the presenting sponsor of Downtown Farmers' Market. Stop by their "Health Hub" to find health tips, trail maps, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and a disposable mask, if needed. The UnityPoint Health – Des Moines booth is located at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue. Just look for the big blue tents!

Rise & Shine Market Deals

Text “INFO” to 1-844-825-0947 to receive Market updates, special offers from Market vendors each week and weather-related alerts! Subscribers will get a text each Friday afternoon during Market season with the deals for the next day. You will also receive occasional Market news alerts. Reply "STOP" at any time to opt out.

Meals From The Market

Sponsored by Great Western Bank, Meals From The Market offers vendors and patrons an opportunity to give back to the community by providing fresh food to the homeless and hungry in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The program is a collaborative effort between Great Western Bank, Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and The Market.

Meals From The Market provides thousands of pounds of fresh food to DMARC emergency pantries where it is distributed to 13 pantry sites. Market vendors, patrons and the entire community are invited to help with this effort. Acceptable food donations include fresh produce, baked goods and nonperishable food. Drop donations at the bright yellow Meals From The Market tent located on the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue.

Food donations of any size are appreciated! Because these donations go to DMARC, they are tax deductible, and receipts will be available upon request.

Veggie Valet Wagons

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

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

Iowans can use their EBT card to purchase qualified food at the Downtown Farmers’ Markets. With the help of the Wireless EBT Project, more Iowans have increased access to locally grown, farm-fresh food at The Market. This program provides access to the freshest food Iowa has to offer and enables qualified Market vendors to accept the EBT food assistance cards (SNAP), as well as MasterCard, Visa and Discover, by using a wireless point-of-sales machine. This year's vendors who accept EBT cards include:

  • Ali Family Garden
  • Dogpatch Urban Gardens
  • Ebersole Cattle Co.
  • Kat's Garden
  • Mast Family Farm, LLC
  • Penicks' Sweet Corn
  • Timeless Prairie Orchard

Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The Downtown Farmers’ Market hosts 31 vendors qualified to accept Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers from qualified participants. The FMNP provides fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to nutritionally at-risk and low-income individuals. One of its goals is to expand awareness, use and sales of local, fresh produce at farmers’ markets and aid in the expansion and development of farmers’ markets and farm stands. The program is administered in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Aging.