Downtown Farmers' Market Welcomes 16 New Vendors as National Farmers' Market Week Begins
GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Aug. 3, 2022) – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will introduce 16 new local vendors to the Downtown Farmers’ Market lineup beginning this Saturday in conjunction with National Farmers’ Market Week that runs from Aug. 7 – 13.
The new Market vendors were selected by a mid-season vendor jury. This is the first time The Market team has conducted a mid-season jury. Market applications were reopened in late June to fill a limited number of available spots in an effort to add more diverse new vendors for Market-goers to enjoy and support. The Market’s vendor jury consists of vendor committee members, sponsor representatives, Market partners and a select group of community members involved in The Market.
Applications were accepted from those who have participated in or been approved for The Market’s Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator Program, prepared food vendors, artisan food vendors and farmers. All selected vendors will begin selling their products at The Market in August.
The jury has selected the following vendors for Market inclusion:
Au Natural Healing & Wellness
Big Daddy’s Original Bar-B-Q
BLK & Bold
Cie Cie’s Sweet Treats
G.G.’s Chicken & Waffles
Iowa Cookie Co.
Ken Supply Co.
Knotted Dough & Co.
Nadia’s French Bakery
Shay Design Studio
The Joy of Curls
Tranzitions Wellness & Beauty Bar
“The Downtown Farmers’ Market team is excited to welcome these new vendors to our already incredible lineup at The Market,” said Megan Renkel, Downtown Farmers’ Market Manager. “The new vendors bring a diverse variety of products and backgrounds that we hope will bolster the value our vendors provide throughout The Market season. We encourage Downtown residents and visitors to join us for the rest of the season to celebrate and support all of the local small business owners who make up The Market’s vendor lineup each week.”
The announcement of new vendors coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week scheduled for Aug. 7 – 13. Watch for content on the Downtown Farmers’ Market social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter throughout the week and make sure to celebrate at The Market.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market supports more than 290 local small business owners, including farmers, producers, bakers and artists that represent 50 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 including beef, pork, bison, chicken, turkey, goat, rabbit and lamb. Patrons can also eat breakfast, enjoy the atmosphere, meet with family and friends and enjoy live entertainment.
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 Market will continue in the Historic Court District in Downtown DSM through October.
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.
Visit desmoinesfarmersmarket.com for more information on the season’s vendor lineup.
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.