Live Well with UnityPoint Health-Des Moines

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday UnityPoint Health – Des Moines volunteers and staff will be on-hand sharing safety tips, healthy recipes and fun activities for the whole family. The UnityPoint Health – Des Moines booth will be located at the corner of 3rd Street and Court Avenue…just look for the big blue tents!  To learn more about UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, please click here.


Rise & Shine Market Deals

Text “Market” to 46986 to receive coupons and special offers from Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors each week! Subscribers are sent a text each Friday afternoon during Market season with the deals for the next day. Standard data and messaging rates apply. By texting 46986 initially, you are opting in for a weekly text with The Rise & Shine Market Deals. You will receive an alert every Friday with the first offer, if you choose you may continue to reply “More” to receive all deals for the next day at The Market. Opt out at any time by texting “Stop All.”

Meals from the Market

Meals From the Market sponsored by Great Western Bank offers vendors and patrons an opportunity to give back to the community by providing fresh food to the homeless and hungry in central Iowa. The program is a collaborative effort between Great Western Bank, Hope Ministries, Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Meals From the Market program will be open to collect donations from both market vendors and patrons at a booth located at Second and Court avenues on the north side of the street. Volunteers will take collections every Saturday through Oct. from 8:30 a.m. – Noon. After The Market, the fresh food is then taken to Hope Ministries and DMARC where the food contributions are committed to creating meals to feed the hungry in our community and also sent to 13 central Iowa food pantry sites.

Market vendors, patrons and the entire community are invited to help with this effort. Any type of food donation will be accepted and appreciated. Because the donation is going to Hope Ministries and/or DMARC, it is tax deductible and receipts will be available upon request. Acceptable food donations include: produce, baked goods, canned goods and prepared food – nearly everything you will find at The Market. Home gardeners and bakers who find themselves with extra are also encouraged to donate to the program.

Bike Valet

Ride your bike and park free in the safe and secure bike valet located inside the Terrus Real Estate Group parking ramp at the SE corner of 2nd Street and Court Avenue. The Bike Valet, staffed by the Des Moines Bike Collective, offers to help pump tires or change a flat. Need directions to the Farmers’ Market via Des Moines’ many bike trails?

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Planning a heavy purchase? The Market offers free wagon rental to help you tote heavy pumpkins, artwork or other cumbersome goodies to your vehicle! Stop by the Market Information Booth at the corner of Third Street and Court Avenue and be prepared to leave your keys or I.D. for collateral. Wagons make shopping easy!

Community Corner

Stop by the Community Corner on Third Street, south of Court Avenue, to find out what is going on in the Greater Des Moines community. Local charitable organizations promote learning opportunities, Downtown events and community resources each Saturday. For information on how to participate, contact Lydia Zerby at or (515) 286-4911.


Live music has become a tradition at the Downtown Farmers’ Market and this season is packed full of great entertainment with everything from an eclectic mix of local musicians, jugglers, salsa dancers, belly dancers and more. Grapevine Tunes allows young artists (ages 5 – 18) to showcase their musical talents as a soloists or small ensemble group on the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets.

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)

Yes-Food-EBT-logoIowans can use their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card to purchase qualified food at the Downtown Farmers’ Markets.  With the help of the Wireless EBT Project, more Iowans have increased access to locally grown farm fresh food at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. This program provides access to the freshest food Iowa has to offer and enables qualified Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors to accept the EBT food assistance cards (SNAP), as well as MasterCard, Visa and Discover, by using a wireless point-of-sales machine.  Watch the EBT video provided by Iowa Department of Human Services to learn more.

Buy Fresh Buy Local

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is committed to supporting Iowa growers and that is why we partner with Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL).