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.
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 will be on-hand sharing safety tips, healthy recipes and fun activities for the whole family. The UnityPoint Health – Des Moines booth will be located at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue. Just look for the big blue tents! Learn more about UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.
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 non-perishable food. Food donations of any size are appreciated! Because these donations go to DMARC, they are tax deductible, and receipts will be available upon request.
Dedicated volunteers will be available to accept food donations every Saturday during Market hours. Drop donations at the bright yellow Meals From The Market tent located on the corner of Second Street and Court Avenue.
Free Downtown Farmers’ Market Shuttle
New in 2017, The Market has partnered with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to offer extended Saturday service for The Market. In the months of May through October, the Downtown D-Line will start Saturday service to coincide with The Market operating hours. Attendees can park their vehicles anywhere along the route, hop on the bus and be dropped off near The Market between First Street and Fifth Avenue. The D-Line runs primarily on Grand Avenue and Locust Street and uses the Walnut Street bridge to connect to the Historic East Village. Bus stops are located almost every block and marked specifically for the D-Line. D-Line buses will run approximately every 10 minutes on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. during October) Learn more about the D-Line for the Downtown Farmers' Market.
Market visitors can ride their bikes and park free in the safe and secure bike valet staffed by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, located inside the Terrus Real Estate Group parking ramp at the southeast corner of Second and Court Avenue. They are available to pump tires or change a flat. Find information on group rides and trail maps to The Market at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective.
Wagon Lending Program
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-serve 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.
Grape Vine Tunes
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.
Live music has become a tradition at The Market, and this season is packed full of great entertainment with everything from an eclectic mix of local musicians, jugglers, salsa dancers, belly dancers and more.
Snapping photos and videos to share on social media at The Market is strongly encouraged! Follow The Market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@DTFarmersMarket), and use the official hashtag #DTFM. For a fun, interactive photo opportunity, stop by the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines booth at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue and snag a selfie!
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
- 7 Pines Farms
- A&A Sweet Corn
- Ali Family Gardens
- Berry Patch, LLC
- Blue Gate Farm
- Broadhorn Farm
- Coyote Run Farm
- Cricket’s Gardens
- Easter Seals
- Ebersole Cattle Co.
- Grinnell Heritage Farm
- Harvest Barn Marketplace
- Hinegardner Orchard
- Iowa Orchard
- Juan O’Sullivans Gourmet Salsa
- 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
- Sunflower Patch
- Timber Ridge Cattle Co.
- Timeless Prairie Orchard
- Westrum Produce