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 products listed here are not all-inclusive
but instead provide a sampling of what you will find at each vendor booth.




110 Caramel, LLC

Baked Goods — homemade caramel candies, caramel sauce, caramel seasonings

7 Pines Farm

Grower/Producer/Specialty Item — organic in-season produce, pickled sweet jalapeños, dip mixes, salsa

Agri-Cultured Foods

Specialty Item — locally produced fermented salsas, kim chi, sauerkraut, hummus, kombucha

Ann and Anthony

Art/Craft — custom embroidery, pillows, table cloths, aprons

Anne & Terry Art

Art/Craft — home accessories and jewelry

Anything but Green Gardens

Grower/Produce — cultivated exotic mushrooms

Barb’s Garden and Pantry

Specialty Item — jam, jelly, fruit spread, granola with flaxseed, donuts

Barbie’s Beading Boutique

Art/Craft — handcrafted jewelry, gemstones (turquoise, coral, agate, jade, shell, opal, jasper, onyx)

Bella Creations

Art/Craft — handcrafted jewelry (leather, silver, stone)

Berry Patch

Grower/Produce — apple varieties

Big Creek Barkery

Specialty Item — homemade dog treats

Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Q Sauce

Specialty Item — locally produced BBQ sauce

Big Sky Bread Company

Baked Goods — granola, cookies, breakfast cake, specialty bread varieties (cheddar garlic, cinnamon swirl, German rye, spinach feta)

Birdhouses by Camillio Marasco

Art/Craft — handcrafted birdhouses


Specialty Item — mulled wine and cider spices

Bloomin’ Adorable

Art/Craft — handmade girls clothing and accessories

Blue Gate Farm

Grower/Produce/Certified Organic — bok choy, cabbage, dried tomatoes, eggs, garlic, onions, salad mix, honey, shallots, turnips, herbal syrup

Brandmeyer Popcorn Company, LLC

Grower/Prepared Food — locally grown popcorn, kettle corn flavors

Brandywine House

Specialty Item — dried food mixes

Busy Bee Garden Center

Grower/Produce — Chemical Free produce, squash, turnips, sweet potato, onions

Butter Me Up!

Specialty Item — all-natural nut butters

Century Farm Pottery, LLC

Art/Craft — handmade functional pottery


Art/Craft — handknit scarves

Connie’s Creations

Specialty Item — various flavors fruit jam and jelly

Cory Family Farm

Farmer/Producer — naturally raised lamb, goat, beef, eggs

Coyote Run Farm

Grower/Produce — Chemical Free heirloom varieties, garlic, spinach, eggs, beef

Crazy 4 Nuts

Prepared Food — cinnamon roasted almonds, cashews, pecans

Cricket’s Gardens

Grower/Produce — turkey, eggs, smoked and boiler chickens, egg noodles, gourds, pies, butternut squash, spinach, turnips

Cupcake Addict

Baked Goods — specialty cupcakes

Darn Good Soap & Candle Co.

Health and Beauty Products — glycerin soaps, lotions, mist, soy candles

Denison Mustard Co.

Specialty Item — Iowa Country Mustard

Des Moines Bacon Co.

Specialty item — hickory smoked bacon

Dirty Kids Soap

Health and Beauty — handmade soaps, body lotion, shampoo, bug spray, make-up, pet products

Earth & Fire

Art/Craft — handcrafted jewelry

Ebersole Cattle Co.

Farmer/Producer — pasture raised, all-natural beef

Epic Eateries

Specialty Item — gourmet spice blends

Fairycake Designs

Art/Craft — handmade reversible tote bags, children's accessories, teething necklaces

Formaro’s Stuffed

Prepared Food — stuffed sandwiches — veggie, bacon cheddar burger, chicken pot pie, lasagna

Fresh Café and Market

Grower/Prepared Food — wheatgrass drinks, fresh fruit smoothies, organic fruit and vegetable juice

Frisian Farms Cheese

Grower/Producer — Artisanal Gouda cheeses

Garden of Eatin Apples, LLC

Specialty Item — gourmet caramel apples

Gingerich Amish Baskets

Art/Craft — signed and dated hand woven Amish baskets

GoodBeards, LLC

Health and Beauty — handcrafted soaps, balms, oils

Grade A Gardens

Grower/Produce/Organic — cabbage, garlic, kale, greens, onion, potato, squash

Grandma’s Fudge

Baked Goods — homemade fudge, peanut brittle

Grandma’s Spoons & Grandpa’s Stuff

Art/Craft — handcrafted unique wooden spoons, toy barns

Great River Maple

Specialty Item — Iowa produced maple syrup products


Art/Craft — handcrafted beanie hats made from recycled t-shirts

Grinnell Heritage Farm

Grower/Produce/Certified Organic — arugula, kale, parsnips, shallots, spinach, Swiss chard, turnips, beets

Hardin County Line Designs

Art/Craft — hand-painted home décor items

Harvest Barn Marketplace

Farmer/Producer — all-natural Iowa pork, (ham, bacon), beef, eggs, home made fudge

Heart & Soul

Art/Craft — hand-painted lawn and garden accessories, holiday décor and hand painted ornaments

Hickory Hills Organic Farm

Farmer/Producer — heritage breed turkey

Hippie Headbands, LLC

Art/Craft — handcrafted athletic headbands


Art/Craft — handmade country theme craft, signs, wreaths

Iowa Coffee Company

Prepared Drink — roasted coffee beans, fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks

Iowa Orchard

Grower/Produce/Baked Goods — orchard apples, pies, sweet breads

Iowa Orchids, Inc.

Grower/Plants — blooming orchids

Iron Gallery

Art/Craft — handcrafted metal home and garden accessories

JaiKai Threads

Art/Craft — handcrafted home décor, adult/children clothing and accessories

Jasper Winery


Jeanne’s Soaps

Health and Beauty — handmade soaps, body lotion, shampoo, pillow cases

Juan O’Sullivan’s Gourmet Salsa

Grower/Specialty Item/Produce — homemade salsa, enchilada sauce, Iowa grown chilies

Kat’s Garden

Grower/Specialty Item/Art — pepper jelly, photographs of Des Moines and nature scenes

Kelli Worth Designs

Art/Craft — vintage and up cycled wool and felt accessories

Koch Woodworking

Art/Craft — handcrafted unique wooden bowls, cutting boards

L&L European Delight

Baked Goods — European style fresh breads, Perogie, Borscht, Cabbage Rolls

La Familia Sanchez Foods/ORALE! Salsa

Specialty Item — homemade all-natural salsa

Light the Earth

Art/Craft — handcrafted lighting designs using rock

Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce

Specialty Item — locally produced hot sauce varieties

Lucky George Farm

Farmer/Producer — eggs, naturally raised: chicken, turkey, goat, pork, rabbit, quail, fiber mohair, angora, llama

Madison County Winery


Mai’s Homegrown Flower and Produce

Grower/Produce/Plants — carrots, dried flowers, lettuce, onion, potato, squash

Mast Family Farm, LLC

Baked Goods/Grower — pies, breads, cookies, jams

Maytag Dairy Farms

Specialty Item — Iowa produced cheese varieties, Maytag Blue Cheese, cheddar

Mid-West Made, LLC

Art/Craft — collegiate and personalized metal wall art and signs


Prepared Food/Specialty Item — universal spice seasoning, prepared meats and sides

Nagi’s Falafel

Prepared Food — Mediterranean-style food, falafel, hummus dip, baba ghanouj

O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola

Specialty Item — various flavors of all-natural granola

Out of my Gourd

Art/Craft — décorated gourds

Papercake Creations

Art/Craft — handcrafted journals and mixed-media art

Pasta of the Prairie

Specialty Item — artisan pasta and dry soup mixes

Pawsitively Spoiled

Art/Craft — handcrafted pet products and accessories

Pickle Creek Herbs

Grower/Produce/Specialty — herbs, herb infused oils, vinegars, soaps

Plant Life Designs

Grower — handcrafted, fresh evergreen wreaths

Quilted Gardens and Nursery

Grower/Retail Crafts — fresh wreaths, Christmas trees, seasonal plants/bulbs, holiday décor

Randol Honey Farm

Grower/Producer — honey products, dry mixes

Red Dragon Herbs

Specialty Item — herbal tea blends

Rosemary Fee

Art/Craft — reversed window paintings, home décor

RS Welding Studio

Art/Craft — handcrafted gliders, arbors, iron with stone yard art, ants and insects


Specialty Item — unique gourmet dried herb salt blends

Say Cheese Des Moines

Prepared Food — gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches

Scrapbook Heaven

Art/Craft — handcrafted embellished scrapbooks made from wood and chipboard


Art/Craft — handmade functional pottery

Shutt’s Garden Center

Grower/Produce — tomato, squash, pecans, apples, onions

Siberian Soap Co.

Health and Beauty — handcrafted soaps, scrubs, lip balm, dog products

Simple Life Farms

Farmer/Producer/Health and Beauty — farmstead goat milk cheese, lotion, soap

Sisters By Heart

Art/Craft — original country theme crafts, bibs, hot pads, placemats, holiday décor

Soap Creek Jewelry

Art/Craft — handcrafted jewelry

Soder Apiaries

Grower — Certified Organic produce, honey

Solo Design’s

Art/Craft — stain glass concrete stones and tabletops, handcrafted jewelry, yard art

Something Italian

Prepared Food — breakfast and lunch pizza, frittata

Storybook Orchard

Grower — orchard produce, apples

Strudl Haus, LLC

Baked Goods/Prepared Food — Austrian-style cookies and pastries, napolean, Dutch letter, strudel, German sausages, roasted chestnuts

Summerset Winery


Sunflower Patch

Baked Goods — apple cider, coffee, breads, bread pudding, brownies, cake, kolaches

Sunflower Pottery

Art/Craft — handcrafted original pottery

Tamale’s Industry

Prepared Food — Mexican style food, handmade tamales

Tami’s Tarts

Baked Goods — fruit tarts, pastries, panna cotta

The Bead Lady

Art/Craft — handcrafted jewelry

The Jelly Lady

Specialty Item — various fruit jam (mad mango, mojam, naughty and nice strawberry jalapeño, pecan pumpkin butter)

The Permanent Collection Letterpress Studio

Art/Craft — handcrafted letterpress cards, art prints, stationery, posters

The Popsie Fish Company

Farmer/Producer — Alaskan wild salmon varieties

The Powers 2 Create

Art/Craft — handcrafted upcycled lawn art

The Red Door Press

Art/Craft — handcrafted letterpress cards, art prints, notepads, stationary

Thompson Graphics

Art/Craft — hand-drawn charcoal Iowa Hawkeye prints

Three Blind Pigs

Prepared Food — loin back ribs, BBQ sandwiches- brisket, pulled chicken, pork, baked beans, cole slaw

Timber Ridge Cattle Co.

Farmer/Producer — all-natural flax-fed beef sticks

Timeless Prairie Orchard

Grower/Produce — orchard apples, apple cider


Art/Craft — designed and crafted tie-dye apparel

Tumea and Sons

Baked Goods/Prepared Food — Italian desserts and breads, specialty cookies, pasta and meatballs

Van Veen Chocolates

Baked Goods — handcrafted chocolates, caramels, stroup waffles, toffee

Vander Ploeg Bakery

Baked Goods — Dutch pastries, rolls and breads

Victoria’s Table

Specialty Item — various flavors fruit jam and jelly

Wabi Sabi Farm

Grower/Produce/Certified Organic — lettuce, kale, arugula, radish, shallot, squash, potato

Westrum Produce

Grower/Produce — beets, eggs, onions, parsnips, potatoes, squash

Whimsy Creations

Art/Craft — recycled wool felted mittens, scarves, hats for kids and adults

Winburn Farms

Farmer/Producer — pasture raised turkey

Yagu Limited

Baked Goods — gourmet cookie and cake varieties


— Become a Vendor —

Vendor Information Guide


The 2017 Vendor Application will be available in January 2017.


The 2016 Winter Market Application is closed.

The main product at the Downtown Farmers’ Market is Iowa Grown and produced food products. As the Downtown Farmers’ Market has grown, it has become more attractive to vendors who sell various products. We are committed to choosing a product mix that is attractive to our customer, meanwhile keeping the balance of The Market intact. This includes locally produced produce, eggs, beef, poultry, lamb, goat, baked goods, dairy, wine, jams, salsas, cut flowers, perennials, and bedding plants among other Iowa farm produced and value added products. We put a premium on products that are produced in Iowa and sold directly by the producer/grower; however this does not guarantee acceptance. While we recruit and encourage other high quality products, such as prepared food, artwork, crafts, and jewelry, we limit its availability at The Market.

It’s important to note that applicants are accepted based on the products they apply to sell. Due to our commitment to balancing product mix, as noted above, some categories are closed for application. Closed categories will not be open for application for current vendors and new applicants. Applications submitted for closed categories will not be reviewed and the application fee will not be refunded, so please be sure to review the Open/Closed category information (see Vendor Information Guide), which was updated prior to the Annual Application process.



If after reading the Vendor Information Guide you believe the product you wish to apply to sell qualifies for the Farmers’ Market vendor program and you would like to receive information and updates regarding the 2017 application process, please create a vendor account by clicking here or on “Vendor Login” at the top of the page. All applicants are required to use our online account and application process.

Creating an account is just like getting on a mailing list, so be sure to use a valid email address as this is the only way to receive information. Creating an account is NOT an application or in any way guaranteeing acceptance.