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Downtown Farmers' Market Opens Vendor Applications for Second Half of Season

June 28, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (June 28, 2022) – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has opened vendor applications for the second half of the 2022 outdoor season to fill a limited number of available spots that were not yet filled during the preseason application process.

The Market will accept applications from the following types of vendors:

  • Those that have participated in or been approved for the Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator Program
  • Prepared food vendors
  • Artisan food vendors
  • Farmers

Applications will close on Sunday, July 24 and vendors will be selected to begin selling at The Market in August.

“This presents a timely opportunity to expand our vendor list with a diverse list of vendors with a variety of backgrounds as well as a variety of products,” said Megan Renkel, Downtown Farmers’ Market Manager. “We are excited to expand the offerings at The Market to serve local small businesses and continue to create a memorable experience for patrons during the second half of the season.”

The Market supports 240+ local small business owners, including farmers, producers, bakers and artists that represent counties across the state of Iowa. The Market offers a variety of attractions and activities including shopping for fresh produce, seasonal flowers, farm fresh eggs and cheese, locally produced wine and fresh baked goods as well as a variety of Iowa-raised meat. Check out the full Market vendor list each week here.

The Market takes place every Saturday morning from May through Saturday, Oct. 29. Hours are 7 a.m. – Noon, with a later start time during October when hours are 8 a.m. – Noon. The Market spans nine city blocks in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) in the Historic Court District, on Court Avenue from Water Street to Fifth Avenue and extending north and south on Second Avenue, Third Street and Fourth Street.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. Additional sponsors include MidAmerican Energy Company, First Interstate Bank, Iowa Food and Family Project, Polk County, DART and iHeart Radio. The Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator Program is brought to the community by Principal Financial Group® and EMC Insurance Companies in partnership with Center at Sixth and the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families.

About the Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning May – October in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. Find more information at desmoinesfarmersmarket.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/DowntownFarmersMarket?and on Twitter and Instagram at @dtfarmersmarket.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.