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Between the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market and the Winter Farmers' Market, central Iowans can enjoy farmers' markets during all four seasons. That's four seasons of live entertainment, freshly baked goods, produce, arts and crafts, fresh flowers and decorations for patrons to savor. Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register

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Farmers' market fans can enjoy two more weekends of Iowa winter produce and locally made products in downtown Des Moines. 

The Downtown Winter Farmers' Market will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 and again on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day inside the Capital Square Building at 400 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines.

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Presented by UnityPoint Health, more than 130 vendors will greet shoppers who can expect to find a variety of locally raised meats including duck, turkey and holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce.

There will also be an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, bread, pies and cinnamon rolls.

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Just in time for the holidays, shoppers can also find poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations.

“We’re looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with the indoor Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market this weekend,” said Downtown Farmers’ Market director Kelly Foss in a news release.

2018 Meals from The Market Program 

The Downtown Farmers’ Market has also announced that its Meals from The Market Program, which is sponsored by Great Western Bank, donated 34,082 pounds of food with an estimated value of $119,285 during the outdoor market season from May through October.

This equates to an estimated 34,082 meals being donated to Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) pantries, where food contributions are donated to 13 food pantry sites. Produce and farm-fresh food from the market was donated by vendors and patrons.

Produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Downtown Winter Farmer's Market is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit desmoinesfarmersmarket.com

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