News Releases

April 21, 2014

For immediate release

For more information please contact: Jessica Barlow (515)286-4907

or jbarlow@downtowndesmoines.com

Downtown Farmers’ Market Opens May 3

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines opens for its 39th Season on Saturday May 3, 2014. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine and even holidays, from May 3 – Oct 25, 2014.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open from 7 a.m. – noon until Fall hours begin the first Saturday of October, when The Market will open an hour later, Oct. Fall hours are 8 a.m. – noon.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market supports nearly 300 local entrepreneurs who are farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa who find success while connecting their sustainable farms to Des Moines’ urban community. They offer seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, wine, flowers, bedding plants, breads, pastries, nuts and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan lunch and breakfast food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment, and offers learning opportunities and special programming.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market welcomes a record 50 new vendors this year. “I can’t say enough good things about our vendors.” says Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “The combination of our full season vendors and the occasional vendors truly makes each Saturday at The Market unique. This year in addition to the tested and true fan favorites you’ll see new products like Iowa produced maple syrup, baby food, dog treats, more gourmet style sweets, and rare options for meat and poultry with a heritage breed focus.”

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines returns as Presenting Sponsor and brings helpful wellness and prevention programs directly to The Market. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with UnityPoint Health again as our Presenting sponsor this year,” says Foss. “Their presence at The Market gives our patrons an opportunity to interact directly with a trusted resource for living a healthier life.” From health screenings to samples of nutritious snacks, UnityPoint Health will be on-site each Saturday to support their mission of healing, caring and teaching.

“We are excited to begin our second season at the Downtown Farmers’ Market,” says Eric Crowell, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “We look forward to cultivating our relationship with the community Saturday mornings and offering people fun, hands-on activities in addition to the helpful information they’ve come to expect from us.”

The Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers. Today’s Market supports more than 300 vendors, welcomes an average 20,000 visitors each Saturday, and expects around 40,000 visitors Opening Day. The Downtown Farmers’ Market was recognized nationally in 2013 by The Daily Meal, ranked #2 of the top 101 Best Farmers’ Markets in America. The Market has also been named “One of America’s Best Farmers’ Markets” by Midwest Living Magazine, “Best in the Midwest” by Country Living Magazine, and featured in a blog on RachelRay.com.

The Winter Market will be held in Capital Square/Nollen Plaza on Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 12-13, 2014 featuring 125 vendors. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at (515) 286- 4907 or visit the website for more information www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com

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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 3 – Oct. 25 in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the official media partner for The Market. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core.

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2014

For more information contact:
Jessica Barlow
Downtown Community Alliance
(563) 505-9226 or jbarlow@downtowndesmoines.com

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS MAY 3 

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce that the Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will return to Downtown Des Moines for its 39th season on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from May 3 – Oct. 25, 2014.

“We are proud to be partnering with UnityPoint Health once again, as our presenting sponsor”, says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers’ Market Director, “Their active presence will continue to tie our market community to resources for a healthier life in conjunction with the healthy choice they’re already making in buying fresh local food at The Market.”

The Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open 7 a.m. – noon from May 3 – Sept. 27. In October the market opens one hour later, from 8 a.m. – noon.

“We are delighted to be part of the Downtown Farmers’ Market again this year– a proud community tradition,” said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.  “We are excited to engage with folks in our community on Saturday mornings and offer them health information, fun hands-on activities, and more ways to Live Well.”

Every Saturday UnityPoint Health staff and volunteers will be on-site with fun and educational programs, health screenings, safety checks, and seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions from nutritionists.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at (515) 286-4907 or visit the website for more information www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

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Downtown Wednesday Farmers’ Market Opening Day Postponed Due to Extreme Heat

 DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance announced today opening day for the Wednesday Farmers’ Market set for Aug. 28 is postponed due to forecasted extreme heat.

Opening day for the Wednesday Farmers’ Market is now set for Wednesday, Sept. 2. The Wednesday Market will continue every Wednesday through Oct. 2, 2013 on 13th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust Street in Downtown Des Moines. Hours are 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Wednesday Market will feature nearly 30 vendors offering a mix of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, specialty and artisan food, local art and entertainment, with a focus on street food vendors. The Wednesday Market will also offer learning opportunities such as cooking classes and special programming provided by Meredith. The Wednesday Farmers’ Market is sponsored by Meredith Corp., Nationwide and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

For more information, contact Amy Baker at 286-4919.

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 Downtown Farmers’ Market Will Be Open July 6, 2013

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES –The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will be open during the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Saturday, July 6. The Market is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. – noon, rain or shine and even holidays, through Oct. 26, 2013.

As the farmers market season progresses a new selection of produce is now available including fresh herbs, green beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, garlic, greens, onions, peas, peppers, new potatoes, radishes, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, zucchini and so much more. Patrons can also look forward to sweet corn, raspberries and carrots later this month. The Market is the perfect place to stock up for grilling season with our fresh selection of locally raised beef, pork, poultry and fish. UnityPoint Health will also offer special programming in July about organ donation, diabetes, nutrition and summer safety.

“The Market offers fun for the entire family. This Saturday we have balloon artists, the kid train and some great entertainers lined up including Genevieve Salamone, a violinist from Montreal, Quebec- who is performing with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera this summer,” says Kelly Foss, Market Director. “And of course the Downtown Farmers’ Market is the best place to shop for your Fourth of July celebrations.”

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

All media inquiries should be directed to Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919 or visit the website for more information www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com.

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Directions on how to get to the Downtown Farmers’ Market Saturday, June 1, 2013

 The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open Saturday, June 1 from 7 a.m.  – noon in the Historic Court District. With the current flood situation and the Dam to Dam event some roads and bike trails may be closed or intermittent delays could occur. The Farmers’ Market would like to recommend Market patrons take the following routes when visiting the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning June 1.

While some roads may be closed, it is still easy to navigate to The Market.

Coming from the East

Take I-235 West to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (MLK Jr. Pkwy) Exit and keep left

Turn south onto MLK Jr. Pkwy

Keep left to stay on W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

Turn north onto SE 7th Street

Turn east on Walnut Street

Continue to parking ramps or street parking

 

Coming from the West

Take I-235 East to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (MLK Jr. Pkwy) Exit

Turn south onto MLK Jr. Pkwy

Keep left to stay on W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

Turn north onto SE 7th Street

Turn east on Walnut Street

Continue to parking ramps or street parking

 

Coming from the South

Take US 69 north

Turn left on Hartford Ave.

Turn west onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Turn north onto SE 7th Street

Turn east on Walnut Street

Continue to parking ramps or street parking

 

Downtown Farmers’ Market Announces Opening Day and New Presenting Sponsor

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce opening day for the Downtown Farmers’ Market is Saturday, May 4, 2013. The DCA is also excited to announce Iowa Health – Des Moines is the new presenting sponsor for 2013 Downtown Farmers’ Market season. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, rain or shine and even holidays, from May 4 – Oct. 26, 2013.

“Our new presenting sponsor Iowa Health – Des Moines is the perfect partner to help educate our community on living a healthier life. People are taking a step in the right direction by purchasing fresh local food at The Market and Iowa Health will help take it to the next level,” says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers’ Market Director.

Iowa Health – Des Moines plans to offer special programming every Saturday during the season that will focus on living well. Market patrons can expect to interact with Iowa Health staff on all topics from eating healthy, child safety, screenings and weight loss.

“We are proud to be the premier sponsor of the 2013 Downtown Farmer’s Market,” said Eric Crowell, Iowa Health – Des Moines President and CEO. “This partnership provides us a wonderful opportunity to support our local farmers, to reinforce the health benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods, and most importantly, it confirms our commitment to the community we serve.”

The Downtown Farmers’ Market supports producers from 47 counties across Iowa, offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment and offers learning opportunities. Foss says, “We are looking forward to sharing even more great news in the near future about additional enhancements to the Downtown Farmers’ Market in 2013.”

The Downtown Farmers’ Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July – September. Today, The Market has grown to more than 200 vendors and an average of 20,000 visitors each Saturday during May – October. The Market also produces a Wednesday Farmers’ Market in the fall and a Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. Last year opening day attracted a record crowd of nearly 40,000 people.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by Iowa Health – Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. In 2012, The Downtown Farmers’ Market was named one of America’s Best Farmers Markets by Country Living magazine.

 

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About the Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by Iowa Health – Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning, May 4 – Oct. 26 in the Historic Court Avenue District. The Market also produces a six-week Wednesday Farmers’ Market in the fall and a Winter Farmers’ Market presented by Iowa Health– Des Moines in November and December. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the official media partner for The Market. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core.

 

 

The Downtown Farmers’ Market cooks up a healthy competition with Hoyt Middle School Summer Camp

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market is teaming up with students from Hoyt Middle School Summer Camp program this Saturday, July 21 for the Healthy Chef Cooking Challenge. This kid-friendly cooking challenge is designed to encourage middle-school-age students to make better food choices. The students will learn to shop the Farmers Market, prepare, cook, and eat healthy foods. The Healthy Chef Cooking Challenge will begin at 8:30 a.m. with each team shopping and selecting their market fresh ingredients. Cooking will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, near the intersection of Fifth and Court Avenue.

Thirty-five pre-selected students from the Hoyt Middle Schools Summer Camp program will be paired up with local chefs to compete in this cooking challenge. The five outstanding local chefs who are committed to helping kids learn to cook healthy food include: George Formaro of Centro, Django, Gateway Market, Zombie Burger; Jesus Ojeda of Chisme; Jon Benedict of Purfoods,LLC; Charles Hammelman of Bravo Cucina; and Terrie Kohl of Country Club Market. The chefs will lead the teams through the Market to shop for fresh ingredients. After shopping, each team and chef will prepare and cook two recipes in front of the farmers market crowd, to be tasted and judged by a panel of judges. The teams will have an hour to shop and an hour to cook. This is the first year for the Healthy Chef Cooking Challenge.

Hoyt Middle School Principal Laura Kacer, says, “This is an especially unique culminating event to highlight the Healthy Eating theme for the week. Time is spent each day learning about cooking, healthy eating, and nutrition. The kids and staff are very excited to show off their skills at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. George Formaro is also a great role model for our students as he is a former Hoyt student.”

“The Downtown Farmers’ Market is proud to partner with the students and staff of the Hoyt Middle School Summer Camp and the selected local chefs. The Healthy Chef Cooking Competition is a step toward helping kids in our community make healthy food choices, first by bringing awareness of what is available, then by making it fun and taste good. This challenge will help demonstrate that shopping for healthy food at our farmers market is a great way to find the best ingredients to prepare healthy snacks and meals,” explains Kelly Foss, director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Media calls should be directed to Amy Baker 515-286-4919.

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About the Downtown Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The regular market season runs every Saturday, May – October from 7 a.m. – noon in the Historic Court Avenue District and also produces a Winter Market in November and December and a Wednesday Market in August – September. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core.