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Your Guide for Buying for Mom at The Market

Mother's Day Market

May 9, 2024

We’re ready to help you find the perfect gift for Mom before Mothers’ Day! This Saturday, May 11, shop the booths below to find unique gift ideas, or better yet, bring Mom with you and treat her to something special, along with entertainment from musical guests Ellie Grilli, The Sheet and Bem Bossa. Don’t forget to visit MidAmerican Energy and the booths for local Greater Des Moines (DSM) charitable organizations on-site at the Community Corner on Third Street. This week’s lineup including this week’s organizations, BeSMART for Kids, Iowa Donor Network, Horizon Science Academy and YMCA of Greater Des Moines, as well as more special programming from Tribal Muse Belly Dance, Sydney Storm Entertainment and Andrew B Cyr Music.

At the Downtown Farmers' Market

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 Mother’s Day recommendations below:

Vendor Booths to Shop for Mother’s Day

  • Artisan Spice Blends: Located at C-406/408
    • Find gluten-free, MSG-free, non-GMO and vegan spice blends sold by the scoop.
  • Cindy’s Boutique: Located at 4N-06/08
    • At the Cindy’s Boutique booth, find clothing and accessories for Mom. This Historic Valley Junction shop brings fashion and fun to The Market.
  • Dave’s Coffee Cake: Located at C-314
    • Stop Dave’s artisan coffee cakes on Saturday and serve to Mom on Sunday. The Mother’s Day Sampler is available through Sunday, May 12 and includes the following flavors: Chocolate Raspberry, Red Velvet, Lavender Black Raspberry, Cinnamon Roll.
  • Frisian Farms Cheese: Located at C-328/330
    • Is your mom a cheese lover? If so, find an array of goudas, including curds, smoked, cumin, bacon and more.
  • Gunn’s Goat Milk Soap: Located at 4N-04
    • The Gunn’s Goat Milk Soap booth includes goat milk products like soap, bath bombs, lotion, shower steamers, foot scrub and foot balm, dog shampoo and paw balm, shampoo and conditioner bars and organic wellness teas. This is a new vendor, so stop by and say hello this Saturday!
  • Helen’s Scents: Located at 4N-26
    • Soy wax candles and handmade soaps made from Iowa soy beans are the perfect way for Mom to treat herself this month.
  • Hey Darling Collective: Located at 4N-12
    • Mom will love the slow-made jewelry inspired by color, texture and beauty found at Hey Darling Collective’s booth.
  • Iowa Lavender: Located at 3N-08
    • Stop by the Iowa Lavender booth to pick up lavender products and lavender plants.
  • Kissed By Blyss: Located at 4N-21
    • If Mom’s into skincare, purchase a handcrafted skincare product from Kissed By Blyss. You can also sign up now for their Mother’s Day Giveaway!
  • Mai’s Homegrown Flower & Produce: Located at C-221/223/225
    • Find a variety of fresh-cut flowers and fresh vegetables for Mom here.
  • Marissa Kay Apothecary: Located at 4N-07
    • Moms will love handmade plantable seed paper greeting cards, bath teas and other apothecary items from Marissa Kay Apothecary.
  • Olga’s Organics: Located at 4S-18
    • Mom will love the USDA Organic Certified makeup from Olga’s Organics.
  • Pepperharrow Farm: Located at 4S-09/11
    • From fresh flower bouquets to lavender products and honey, Pepperharrow Farm offers a lot of options for Mom.
  • Sisters By Heart: Located at 4S-58/60
    • A handsewn item from the Sisters By Heart booth will make a nice gift for Mother’s Day. Choose between a pillow, apron, hanging towel, coin purse and more.
  • Stamped Metal Jewelry: Located at 2N-14
    • Buy Mom personalized jewelry, including rings, bracelets, key chains and more.
  • The Permanent Collection Letterpress: Located at 4S-36
    • Pick out a letterpress card, print, coasters or other gift item for Mom.

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

Hey Darling Collective Booth

May also marks Maternal Mental Health Month. Check out these tips for moms to stay healthy so they can be well through pregnancy and beyond. From staying hydrated to trusting your gut, Childbirth Education Coordinator Brittney Haskins has ideas to help Mom go from overwhelmed to carefree this Mother’s Day. You can also search the Mother’s Day Buying Guide for more ideas on where to shop across the region.

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.

Elizabeth Weyers

Elizabeth Weyers is the Downtown Farmers’ Market Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.