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.


The Downtown Farmers Market in Des Moines will begin October hours this Saturday.

Instead of its usual 7 a.m. start, the market will be open 8 a.m. to noon. The later start provides more daylight as vendors prepare their stands for the arrival of market patrons.

Over the next four Saturdays in October, fall produce will include sweet potatoes, butternut squash, beets, garlic, apples and fall-themed baked goods and treats such as caramel apples, apple cider, apple pie, pumpkins, fall mums, unique gourds, flowers and plants — and much more.

“Fall is here, and the Downtown Farmers Market has all the fresh produce to help you enjoy the season,” market director Kelly Foss said. “Patrons can find fall favorites like pumpkins, apples and fall-themed baked goods and enjoy time with friends and family exploring all the market has to offer.”

The market spans nine city blocks in Des Moines in the Historic Court District: On Court Avenue from Water Street to Fifth Avenue and extending north and south on Second Avenue, Third Street and Fourth Street. 

The market, presented by UnityPoint Health, supports nearly 300 local small business owners, including farmers, producers, bakers and artists that represent 50 counties across the state of Iowa.

The Downtown Winter Farmers Market will return on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 and again on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14.

The winter market will be in a new location this year at Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. 

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