2014 – Downtown Farmers’ Market to open at 8 a.m. for the month of October

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will adjust its hours for the month of October to begin one hour later. Shop in the Historic Court District from 8 a.m. to Noon every Saturday through Oct. 25.

“This is our second year starting an hour later in October,” says Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “We made this change in response to feedback from our Vendor Advisory Committee about how dark it is for setup this time of year, moving the start time back an hour provides a little more daylight for vendors to set up their stands and be ready for market patrons to arrive at 8 a.m.”

Trick-or-treat at the Market the last Saturday of the Season, Oct. 25! The Downtown Farmers’ Market encourages market patrons (and their dogs) to dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market supports nearly 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market was recently featured in an article ranking Des Moines as the “#1 Up-and-Coming city For Foodies” by Women’s Health Magazine. The Market has also been ranked “#2 of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America” two years running by The Daily Meal, named “#2 of the “The Top 10 Farmers Markets in the U.S.“ by Shape Magazine, “One of America’s Best Farmers’ Markets” by Midwest Living Magazine, “Best in the Midwest” by Country Living Magazine, featured in a blog on RachelRay.com and mentioned by The Huffington Post in 5 Free Things to Do in Des Moines, Iowa’s Up-And-Coming Capital.

The Winter Market will be held November 21-22 and December 12-13 at Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at The Hub and will feature more than 130 vendors, holiday shopping, entertainment and more!

All media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Barlow at (515) 286-4907 or (563) 505-9226. Please www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.comfor more information.