According to the USDA, Iowa is the second largest agricultural producing state in America. Reap the benefits of this rich resource and support your community by shopping at the farmers markets around Des Moines. We've scouted out some of the top locations for you, so be sure to check them out on your next shopping trip.
The Historic Court District downtown is the site of this lively market, held every Saturday morning through October. Farmers from 58 counties across the state offer fresh produce, eggs, goat cheese and more. You will also find top-quality Iowa-raised meat including beef, pork and lamb. Market sponsor UnityPoint Health is on hand providing health tips, recipes and a variety of family activities.
This charming neighborhood market is one of the newest additions to the community, and started in 2012. On-site tables and chairs allow you to sit and enjoy the food while listening to the local musicians who provide entertainment. Other activities include a children's storyteller and food demos from area chefs. The Beaverdale Market runs each Tuesday evening through September 15.
Valley Junction is an exciting blend of historic and contemporary, featuring an eclectic assortment of hip boutiques, vintage shops and creative restaurants. On Tuesday evenings it's also home to Farmers Market and Music in the Junction. More than 100 vendors set up shop with produce, baked goods and handmade craft items. Each week features entertainment from a local musician or band.
This indoor farmers market is part of the food court at Merle Hay Mall, making it convenient to visit while shopping for clothes, footwear and other family items. Stop by each Wednesday evening to get fresh, locally-sourced produce, cheeses, honey, and salsas along with handcrafted gift items.
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