Market Tips

It pays to get up early

Get to The Market when it opens to find the best selection and the freshest produce.

Bring your own bag

Bring your own canvas shopping bag or basket from home. The Downtown Farmers’ Market offers the ever popular jute shopping bags for sale at the Downtown Farmers’ Market Information booth. It’s better than having all your items bagged separately.

Try something new

Buy something you haven’t tried before. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to get educated about food, if you make the effort. Never tried kohlrabi? A vendor can advise you on how to select and prepare it.

Bring a cooler

Put a cooler in your car to keep food items cool when you buy at the market but won’t be going home until later on in the day.

Ask questions

Make sure to ask questions of the vendors when you see unfamiliar produce. Vendors and farmers love to share their knowledge and can even give you recipes and cooking tips.

Dress comfortably

Wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine, so dress accordingly.

It’s best to leave your dog at home

Be kind to your pets, leave them at home. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is a dog-friendly market, however Market Management encourages pet owners to leave their dog at home as the environment is not conducive to dogs. If patrons do choose to bring their dogs, they are expected to act in a responsible pet-owner manner and adhere to these six rules to make everyone’s Market experience a pleasant one.

• Dogs must be under control on a short leash (maximum 3 foot leash), and by the owner’s side at all times.

• Dogs need to be kept away from produce, plants and prepared food products.

• Dogs need to be courteous and able to socialize with people and other dogs to earn the right to be at the Market.

• Be understanding – not everyone is a dog lover and some fear dogs.

• Be prepared to clean up after your dog and bring appropriate pick-up gear.

• The Downtown Farmers’ Market enforces The City of Des Moines laws regarding pets which include a leash law, clean-up of droppings, current tags and a current rabies certificate. Pamphlets further explaining The City of Des Moines Animal Licensing and Regulations can be picked up at our Downtown Farmers’ Market Information Booth located at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue.