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Des Moines Farmers Markets

Support local entrepreneurs at noteworthy markets throughout Greater Des Moines that each offer a unique experience and high quality handmade and locally grown products. We've curated a list of the best farmers markets in the Greater Des Moines area you need to check out for your next shopping trip. 

 

Ankeny

Vendors at The Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market provides a wide variety of products for the community under a beautiful covered pavilion. The market has everything from fresh seasonal produce, homemade baked goods, specialty food items, perennial plants, and handcrafts. 

When to visit: The market is open Saturdays through September 26 at Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park, 715 W 1st Street in Uptown Ankeny

Know before you go: Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. - Noon. Masks are required for vendors and staff and recommended for visitors. Organizers ask that you leave your reusable bags at home, and only one family member attends the market. They will keep count of people as they enter and exit to ensure half capacity.

Beaverdale

This popular local market features vendors selling fresh, local foods. Vendors offer produce, baked goods, handcrafted items, and prepared meals that can be enjoyed in neighboring parks or to-go.

When to visit: Open Tuesdays from 4 - 7:30 p.m. Through September 8, located at Franklin Middle School (48th Street and Franklin)

Know before you go: Please wear a mask to this stop-and-go market. Shoppers are asked to look, but not touch – please verbally tell or point to the items you'd like to purchase and observe social distancing.  

Bondurant

Located right near the bike trailhead in the middle of the community, the Bondurant Farmers Market is easily accessible! Vendors sell produce, eggs, flowers, baked goods, kettle corn, dog treats, goat milk soaps, lawn decorations, and handmade items. Bring the whole family to enjoy music and fun activities for kids. 

When to visit: Open Wednesdays through October 14 from 6 – 8 p.m., Main St. SE and Grain St. NE 
Bondurant, IA 50035

Downtown Des Moines

Shop the Farmers' Marketplace Online! Support your favorite vendors here: desmoinesfarmersmarket.com 

Global Greens

 LSI Global Greens is sponsoring a farmer's market that brings locally-grown produce straight to you. This market is known for being a platform for former refugees to sell their products and helps small farming businesses.

When to visit: Open Saturdays through October 31, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3200 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 

Know before you go: Vendors will be spaced apart, and guests are asked to observe social distancing. Visitors are asked not to walk around tables into booths or reach over to touch the products for your safety and the safety of the farmers. All farmers will be wearing masks and gloves to protect market guests, and guests are encouraged to wear masks as well. Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available.    

Grimes

The Grimes market features more than a dozen vendors and live entertainment weekly. 

When to visit: Open Fridays, 4 – 7 p.m. through August 28, Grimes Public Library, 200 N James, PO Box 290, In Waterworks Park

Indianola

Get a double-dose of local goods at Indianola Farmers Market open two nights a week during the summer months. Enjoy shopping for fresh produce, homemade items, and prepared foods.  

When to visit: Wednesdays through September 30 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturdays through October 31 from 8 a.m.- noon at the Warren County Fair Grounds, Indianola 

Johnston

Hosted by the Lions Club, the Johnston Farmers' Market features 50 vendors selling produce, flowers, baked goods, and crafts. Attend the market weekly to enjoy live music, barbecue, and local shopping.

When to visit: Open Tuesdays through October 8 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Simpson Barn, 6169 Northglenn Dr, Johnston

Valley Junction

Started in the mid-70s, the Valley Junction Farmers' Market is one of the most popular markets in the metro. Shop from local vendors selling produce and prepared foods. 

When to visit: Open Thursdays, 4–8 p.m., 5th Street, Valley Junction - 5th Street, West Des Moines. 

Know before you go: Wear a mask and limit the number of people in your group to support social distancing. Service animals are permitted, but please leave your pets at home. If you purchase prepared food, plan to take it to go and consume it outside the market. Avoid touching products you have not purchased. Vendors will help you get what you need. "Keep to the right," allowing one-way traffic on each side of the street. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.  

Perry

Shop local produce, baked goods, crafts, and more! Enjoy extended shopping hours on Thursdays at several downtown businesses and consider dining-in or getting take-out from an area restaurant while you're out. 

When to visit: Open Thursdays through September 24 from 4 – 7 p.m. in downtown Perry on 2nd Street between Willis and Warford 

Know before you go: Vendors are required to wear face masks, and shoppers are encouraged to do so as well. Vendors are not to reuse bags and shoppers are not to touch produce to minimize contamination of any kind.  

Polk City

The Polk City Iowa Farmer's Market located at the Town Square is home to locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, and handcrafted items. There's something for everyone! 

When to visit: Open Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Town Square located at E Broadway and N 2nd Street in Polk City 

Waukee

The Waukee market features almost 30 vendors each week with live music. Stop by after a day of work to shop local and enjoy tasty, prepared foods. For dinner, you can grab barbecue, Jamaican and Cajun food, burgers, and hot dogs.

When to visit: Open Wednesdays through September 30 from 4 – 7 p.m., Triangle Park on 6th Street and Ashworth Drive, Waukee 

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