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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 2022.

Live Well with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

As presenting sponsor, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines brings helpful wellness and prevention programs directly to The Market! From health screenings to weekly giveaways, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will be on-site each Saturday to support its mission of healing, caring and teaching. Stop by their booth to learn more!

Recycling at The Market

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The Market aims to minimize its environmental footprint. Bins are available throughout the Historic Court District for recycling bottles and cans. Please help us reduce, reuse and recycle!

Meals From The Market

Meals From The Market, sponsored by First Interstate Bank, is a program created to accept fresh food donations from Market patrons, vendors and the entire community to help feed the hungry in the local community. The program provides thousands of pounds of fresh food to Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) emergency pantries where it is distributed throughout DSM. Home gardeners and bakers are encouraged to donate fresh produce and baked goods; non-perishable food is also accepted. Food donations of any size are appreciated! Drop your donation at the Meals From The Market booth located on the corner of Second Street and Court Avenue.

Fresh Pickings Wagon Valet powered by Iowa Food and Family Project

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 first-come, first-served. Stop by the Information Booth at Third Street and Court Avenue for details or to borrow a wagon.

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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. Look for these logos at The Market:

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Vendor list logo for DTFM 

Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The Downtown Farmers’ Market hosts 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.