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What to Buy for Dad This Father’s Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market

Market Guide for Dads

June 13, 2024

Shop local for Dad ahead of Father’s Day! This Saturday, June 15, shop the booths below to find unique gift ideas, or better yet, bring Dad with you and treat him to something special, along with live entertainment from musical guests Land N Music, Ryan Baade, Mr. Magic Productions, The Stercel Barnes Band, Beewitched Belly Dance and Carson Parker. Don’t forget to check out the booths for local Greater Des Moines (DSM) charitable organizations each week by visiting Community Corner on Third Street, including this week’s organizations, Polk County Master Gardeners, On With Life, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust and Can Do Cancer as well as John Stoddard Cancer Center onsite with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.

Vendors may change from week to week, but many attend numerous Market events all season long. From 7 a.m. to Noon this Saturday, shop our Father’s Day recommendations below:

Vendor Booths to Shop for Father’s Day

  • Antojito’s Lupita’s: Located at 4S-39
    • What dad doesn’t appreciate home-cooked meals? Find traditional dishes of Mexico City at Antojito’s Lupita’s, including gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Bernardo’s Burritos: Located at 4N-17
    • Breakfast burritos, chorizo bowls and more await Dad at The Market this Saturday.
  • Bike Spoke Bracelet: Located at 2N-14
    • Made with recycled bike spokes, gift your cycling dad a key chain, clock or bracelet.
  • BLK & Bold: Located at C-414
    • When Dad needs a morning pick-me-up, BLK & Bold coffee is the right choice.
  • Churros Artesanales - Spark DSM Vendor (near information tent)
    • Treat dad to something sweet while at the market? Grab some freshly made, Mexican artisan churros.
  • Climbing Kites: Located at 1N-08
    • CBD-infused sparkling water is “All Buzz, No Booze.” It’s alcohol-free, vegan, gluten-free and comes in the following flavors: Pineapple Passion Fruit, Peach Prickly Pear, Orange Mango and Mixed Berry.
  • Dragon Foodies: Located at 4S-35
    • Does dad like spice? Check out this local shop’s hot sauces and spicy pickles.
  • Dread Dr.: Located at 4S-41
    • Does Dad sport dreadlocks? Find shampoo, conditioner, hair oil and more specifically designed for individuals with dreadlocks.
  • Garden Furniture by Mike Orgler: Located at C-104
    • Dad will relax in style and comfort with handmade furniture for his outdoor space.
  • Holy Biscuits: Located at C-128/130/132
    • Top a homemade biscuit with local jam at Holy Biscuits at The Market. Dad can also purchase a fresh-squeezed juice or coffee here, too.
  • Iowa Beard Company: Located at 4S-26
    • Beard oil is just one of the grooming products you can find at the Iowa Beard Company booth this weekend.
  • Jax & Josie’s Smoked Jerky: Located at 1N-09
    • Smoked jerky with zero additives and preservatives is a great gift for the dog dad you know. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Heartland German Shepherd Rescue.
  • Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce: Located at 2S-05
    • Can Dad take the heat? Check out Iowa-based hot sauces, salsas and snacks when you stop by the Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce booth.
  • Mo’Rub: Located at C-102
    • Give dad the spices he needs to level up his grilling game, and don’t forget to grab him a sweet pick-me-up with their signature lemonade!
  • Once Upon an Apple Pie: Located at 4S-02
    • Pick Dad up a handcrafted pie with butter crust. Get the Farmers’ Market Variety Box featuring four 5” pies or a dozen hand pies. Large pies serve up to 6 people and the cinnamon rolls are of the old-fashioned homemade variety.
  • Queen’s Pretzels: Located at C-416/418
    • If Dad’s a fan of hand rolled soft pretzels, then Queen’s Pretzels is a must-stop.
  • Timber Ridge Cattle Company: Located at 4S-38
    • Grab Dad some summer sausage, made at this Osceola, Iowa business. It’s made with 90% lean beef and Berkshire Pork and comes in flavors like Original and Jalapeno.
  • Watson and Wallie Natural Dog Treats: Located at 2S-01
    • Grab some treats for Dad’s best friend! Gluten-free options and more are available!

For a complete list of vendors, visit DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com.

From May to October, experience local artists, live music and entertainment at the Downtown Farmers’ Market featuring more than 300 family farmers, bakers, artists and crafters from around the state. It’s easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options. Find the latest updates for The Market each week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Megan Renkel

Megan Renkel was the Downtown Farmers' Market Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.