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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.

Live Well with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

As presenting sponsor, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines brings helpful wellness and prevention programs directly to the Downtown Farmers’ 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. For a complete guide to UnityPoint Health – Des Moines' programs and services, visit unitypoint.org

Rise & Shine Market Deals

Text “Market” to 46986 to receive coupons, special offers from Market vendors each week! Subscribers are sent a text each Friday afternoon during Market season with the deals for the next day. Standard data and messaging rates apply. By texting 46986 initially, you are opting in fora  weekly text with the Rise & Shine Market Deals. You will receive an alert every Friday with the first offer; if you choose, you may select the link or continue to reply "More" to receive all deals for the next day at The Market. Opt out at any time by texting "Stop All."

Recycling at The Market

Recycle at the Farmers' Market

The Market is expanding its efforts to minimize its environmental footprint. The Market will now have 12 bins available throughout the Historic Court District for recycling bottles and cans. Please help us reduce, reuse and recycle at the Downtown Farmers' Market.

Meals From The Market

Meals From The Market, sponsored by Great Western 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.

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

Community Corner

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.

Grapevine Tunes

Live Performances 

The Grapevine Tunes Music Series sponsored by the Fourth + Court Hy-Vee is a unique program that encourages young musicians and artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to continue to develop their talents while emphasizing local arts and culture in DSM. This music series offers talented young musicians an opportunity to perform in a unique outdoor street concert-style setting, in front of thousands of Market visitors, during three days this season: June 8, Aug. 10 and Oct. 12.

Come hear it through the grapevine!

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. Watch the EBT video provided by Iowa Department of Human Services to learn more. The current list of vendors that accept EBT food assistance cards at The Market are:

  • Ali Family Garden
  • Blue Gate Farm
  • Coyote Run Farm
  • Cricket's Gardens
  • Easterseals Iowa
  • Ebersole Cattle Co.
  • Harvest Barn Marketplace
  • Hinegardner Orchard
  • Iowa Orchard
  • Juan O'Sullivan's Gourmet Salsa
  • Kat's Garden
  • Mast Family Farm
  • Norton's Greenhouse
  • O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola
  • La Familia Sanchez Foods/ORALE! Salsa
  • Patrick Cory
  • Penick’s Sweet Corn
  • Rinehart’s Family Farms
  • Scavo’s Gardens
  • Shutt’s Garden Center
  • Stillwater Greenhouse
  • Storybook Orchard
  • Timber Ridge Cattle Co.
  • Timeless Prairie Orchard
  • Westrum Produce      
                                      

Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The Downtown Farmers’ Market hosts 37 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.