Downtown Farmers’ Market Wraps Up Outdoor Season This Weekend

Winter Market scheduled for Nov. 18/19 and Dec. 16/17

The Downtown Farmers’ Market Presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will wrap up the final outdoor market of the season this Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines.

The Market invites patrons for shopping and some trick-or-treat fun to celebrate the final day of the 2016 market season. Patrons are invited to bring their children dressed in costume to celebrate fall and Halloween. Participating vendors will dress up in amusing costumes, decorate their space and hand out treats and candy to children in attendance. The UnityPoint Health – Des Moines booth will be giving away fun prizes to the little trick-or-treaters, too.

Additionally, farmers and producers from 58 counties will fill the Court District with a variety of current, in-season fall produce including apples, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, greens and lettuces, onions, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, turnips, sweet potatoes and winter squash. The Market will feature a variety of farm fresh eggs, Iowa-raised meat, cheese, baked goods and wine.

The Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 and again on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. The Winter Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at Capital Square at 400 Locust St. and Kaleidoscope at The Hub at 555 Walnut Street in Downtown Des Moines.

The Winter Farmers’ Market  is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations will be available. The Winter Market is free and open to the public.

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 and welcomes an average of 25,000 visitors each Saturday. 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 about this week’s Market at DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com.

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