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Find Your Handful of Happiness at the Downtown Farmers' Market

WINTER Market Tips

The Downtown Farmers’ Market has something for all ages. If you’ve never attended or have questions about The Winter Market, here are a few tips:

When To Go

Get to The Winter Market when it opens to find the best selection and the freshest products. Check back for 2018 dates and times.

Where to Go

The Winter Market is located in Capital Square, 400 Locust St., and the Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 555 Walnut St., in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Make sure to check out both locations to maximize your Winter Market experience. To purchase bags for The Winter Market, head to the Information Booth on the main level of Kaleidoscope at the Hub.


Friday & Saturday  |  2018 Dates TBD

Check back for Winter Market times.

What To Bring

Check Items

Check your coat or purchased items at the Information Booths on the ground floor at both Capital Square and The Kaleidoscope.

Bring Your Own Bag

Some vendors have plastic bags, but it’s best to bring your own canvas shopping bag or basket from home. It’s much better than having all your items bagged separately. The Market sells the ever-popular jute shopping bags at the Information Booth.

Bring a Cooler

Storing a cooler in your car helps keep food items cool, especially if you don’t go home right away.

Try Something New

Buy something you haven’t tried before. The Market is the perfect place to learn about food. Never tried kohlrabi? A vendor can advise you on how to select and prepare it.

Ask Questions

Ask vendors questions when you see unfamiliar produce. Vendors and farmers love to share their knowledge and can even give you recipes and cooking tips. 

Want to learn more about the products at the Winter Market? Read through the Downtown Farmers' Market glossary to learn more about farming practices, animal husbandry and food processing.