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Downtown Farmers' Market: New Prepared Food in 2019

DTFM New Foods

August 7, 2019

Have you been to the Downtown Farmers’ Market yet? These are two new prepared food booths you won’t want to miss. Today we’re featuring both delicious sausage and sweetly satisfying cookies. Read on to find out about two special-to-Greater Des Moines (DSM) local businesses and find them Saturdays, May through October, at The Market.

Lucky George Farms & The Fully Monty Sausage Shop

Lucky George Farms & The Full Monty Sausage Shop has found success this summer thanks to unique breakfast offerings and monthly collaborations with local breweries, including Confluence Brewery Company featured throughout July. Situated in south central Derby Iowa, the Lucky George Farms continues to make waves among the more than 300 vendors at The Market each week.

Hands-Off Farming

Lucky George Farms partakes in a hands-off approach to farming, meaning livestock is raised outdoors to roam freely in pastures and eat a diet free from insecticides, pesticides and herbicides. Raising the pigs in this holistic manner is good for the pigs, and later the consumer, ensuring you get the best meat possible.  

The large black pigs that Lucky George Farms raises are extremely endangered so confirmed pigs become breeding stock. The pigs are native to England and lend to the “Street food. British flavor. British flair.” slogan used by the food side of the business, The Full Monty.

The Sausage Shop

The Full Monty serves up British flavor with their Rise & Shine menu item, an omelet in the sausage instead of the other way around. Frozen sausages can be bought along with the fresh ready-to-eat sausages.

Find out more about Lucky George Farms and The Full Monty Sausage Shop by watching this video.

Charlotte’s Belgian Waffle Cookies

Dynamic duo Connor Westlake and Michael Hanstad have brought their recently founded Charlotte’s Belgian Waffle Cookies to The Market this summer. The business is dedicated to Hanstad’s grandmother, Charlotte, who also happens to feature on the company logo.

After launching in April 2019 at The Hall DSM, the “fluffy like a waffle but sweet like a cookie” business has brought an authentically Belgian treat to DSM. Cookies are paired with homemade sauces to create favorites like bestseller The Mary Jane with its strawberry Nutella sauce with powdered sugar. 

Find out more about Charlotte’s Belgian Waffle Cookies by watching this video.

From May to October, experience local artists, live music and entertainment at the Downtown Farmers’ Market featuring nearly 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.

Lydia Zerby

Lydia Zerby is the program manager for the Downtown Farmers' Market in Downtown Des Moines (DSM).