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Downtown Farmers' Market Opens in One Month

April 7, 2016

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will open for its 41st season on May 7. The Market will span nine city blocks in the Historic Court District every Saturday morning from May 7 – Oct. 29, 2016. Hours are 7 a.m. – Noon during May through September, and 8 a.m. – Noon during October.

“As The Market comes to life on opening day, we invite visitors to meet hundreds of local growers and producers while they take a moment to enjoy their time at the bustling market,” said Kelly Foss, Director of The Market. “It is a pleasure to continue our relationship with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines as the presenting sponsor. We are thankful for their commitment to partner with the Downtown Community Alliance and The Market, and for their continued support for the next five years through 2020.” 

“The Market is a great community tradition, and we are excited to be part of it again this year,” said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “We enjoy the opportunity to cultivate relationships with members of our community each week at The Market and offer health information, fun hands-on activities and more ways to live well.”

UnityPoint Health staff and volunteers will be on site every Saturday at The Market with fun and educational programs, health screenings, safety checks and seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions from dieticians.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers. Today, in its 41st season, The Market supports more than 300 vendors, welcomes an average 25,000 visitors each Saturday and expects around 40,000 visitors Opening Day. The Downtown Farmers’ Market has been recognized nationally by publications including The Daily Meal, Shape Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine and Country Living Magazine

Find more information at DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com.

Media inquiries should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at sahmad@DSMpartnership.com or (515) 286-4919.

About the Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. 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. The Downtown Community Alliance, a pillar of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core. For more information please visit DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/DowntownFarmersMarket, Twitter and Instagram at @DTFarmersMarket #DTFM.