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-Oct., 2018.
Planning to visit The Market soon? Request an official map and guide to make the most of your experience!
Live Well with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is the presenting sponsor of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines volunteers and staff are on-site sharing safety tips, healthy recipes and fun activities for the whole family – including a selfie station! 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 “Market” to 46986 to receive coupons and special offers from Market vendors each week! Subscribers receive a text each Friday afternoon during Market season with the deals for the next day. You will receive an alert every Friday with the first offer. Click on the links or you can reply “More” to receive deals for the next day at The Market. Opt out at any time by texting “Stop All.” Standard data and messaging rates apply.
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 Second 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 pumpkins, artwork or other cumbersome goodies 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.
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.
Come hear it through the grapevine! Experience local musicians, ages five through 18, showcasing their talent onsite at The Market near Fourth Street and Walnut Street on select weekends.
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. Watch the EBT video provided by Iowa Department of Human Services to learn more. This year’s vendors who accept EBT cards include:
- 2XL Premium Angus
- Ali Family Gardens
- Blue Gate Farm
- Coyote Run Farm
- Cricket's Gardens
- Easter Seals
- Ebersole Cattle Co.
- Harvest Barn Marketplace
- Hinegardner Orchard
- Iowa Orchard
- Juan O'Sullivan's Gourmet Salsa
- Kat's Garden
- Mast Family Farm
- O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola
- La Familia Sanchez Foods/ORALE! Salsa
- Patrick Cory
- Penick’s Sweet Corn
- Pickle Creek Herbs
- Rinehart’s Family Farm
- Scavo Gardens
- Shutt’s Garden Center
- Stillwater Greenhouse
- Story Book Orchard
- Timber Ridge Cattle Co.
- Timeless Prairie Orchard
- Westrum Produce
Double Up Food Bucks
The Market is partnering with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Eat Greater Des Moines and Department of Human Services to further expand access to locally-grown, fresh produce. Double Up Food Bucks allows EBT customers to double their food assistance benefits with participating vendors at The Market. EBT customers receive a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10 each Market day) for EBT benefits spent at The Market with participating vendors. Double Up dollars can then be used to purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables. For a map of participating vendors, stop by the Information Booth at Third Street and Court Avenue or visit The Market’s website.
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
The Downtown Farmers’ Market hosts 41 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.