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Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Opening Weekend in Review

Virtual Market Meet-Up May 2

The first-ever Downtown Farmers’ Market Virtual Market Meet-Up took place Saturday, May 2. Following the Opening Bell, Downtown Farmers’ Market Director Kelly Foss interviewed Market vendors and introduced entertainment acts via Zoom and previously recorded videos, as well as live in the studio.

Vendor Spotlights

For the kick-off event, Kelly started off with interviews with Sweet Treat without Wheat’s Sarah Vorm and vendor videos from Busy Bee Garden Center, Saltlickers, American Pride Roasters, Colby Creates and Mr. Magic.

During the second half of the show, the following vendors shared videos: Dirt Road Candle Co., BRAISED Bone Broth, UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Blue Gate Farm, RS Welding, Hanna Valley Protein, Three Smooth Stones and Frisian Farms.

Jessie Myers, with Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, joined Kelly live in the studio to mix up “Bagger Mules” and touch on Cedar Ridge’s $1 donations to the Iowa Trails for Bike to Work month. Every bottle sold of Bagger Vodka will result in a donation through the month of May. 


Entertainment for the Virtual Market Meet-Up was provided by Opus Taylor Band, an Iowa rock and blues band. Opus Taylor Band is available for private parties, receptions, fundraisers and more.

Market Toolkit

The Market Toolkit offers access to vendor products, including descriptions and purchasing information, giving you the opportunity to show support for your favorite Farmers’ Market vendors and learn how to take part in the DSM Local Challenge. The Market Toolkit also contains activity sheets for the kids. Download and print a coloring sheet or complete-the-missing-word sheet and more.

Watch video from the Virtual Market Meet-Up here.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

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 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 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.