Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2021

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Des Moines Farmers MarketsFarmers markets are a summer favorite for many families. The local produce, fresh flowers, Iowa-raised meat, handmade goods and crafts, and fresh-baked treats bring an opportunity to discover new products and vendors in the heart of your community.  

We’ve compiled a list of Central Iowa farmers markets that have announced their dates for 2021 and organized them by the day of the week. Be sure to watch for signs or check the market links ahead of time to know the social distancing recommendations for the market you plan to attend. 

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Tuesday

Johnston Farmers Market

Where: Johnston Public Library

When: Beginning May 25, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Why we love it: This neighborhood market features a variety of vendors without being too big or overwhelming. The Market also raises approximately $2,500 each year for the Johnston Residential Tree Program.

Beaverdale Farmers Market

Where: 48th Street and Franklin Avenue, Des Moines

When: June 1 – September 14; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why we love it: Looking for a small-town vibe in the middle of the city? The Beaverdale Farmers Market is where it’s at! This low-key farmers market has the staples you love, and you might just see a neighbor or two. Around 40 Iowa vendors sell produce, meats, eggs, honey, and more.

Capitol Complex Farmers Market

Where: E. 13th St. between E. Walnut St. and E. Grand Ave. (Parking is available in Visitor Lot 15 just north of the Lucas Building.)

When: June 15 – September 28; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Why we love it: Work or live downtown? The Capitol Complex Farmers Market is a perfect way to get some fresh air – and fresh produce! – on your lunch break. 

Wednesday

Waukee Farmers Market

Where: Downtown Triangle on 6th St., Waukee

When: June 2 – September 29; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why we love it: This mid-week farmers market is convenient to western suburb-dwellers, offering fresh produce and local goods. 

Bondurant Farmers Market

Where: Landus Cooperative and Bike Trailhead, Bondurant

When: Through October 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m 

Why we love it: With the support of the Bondurant Farmer’s Cooperative (now known as Landus), this farmers market boasts a relaxed, country feel for the eastern suburbs.

Indianola Farmers Market

Where: Highway 92 at the Fairground West Gate, Indianola

When: Open July 7- September 29, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m

Why we love it: Looking for produce staples but not feeling like a drive to Des Moines? Indianola-dwellers will appreciate this fresh and friendly farmers market, which is open on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. 

Sweet Tooth Farm

When: Starting in June, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 1809, 8th St., Des Moines

Sweet Tooth Farm is a local farm stand working to provide fresh produce to Des Moines from the urban core. They offer weekly vegetable boxes that include an in-season mix of fresh vegetables, fresh-baked bread, and farm-fresh eggs (for $20) and are also planning to offer a veggie-only box for $10 soon. They have a limited number of boxes available each week, and the sign-up link goes live on their website at 8 a.m. on Friday. They offer a drive-up service for a contactless pickup. 

Thursday

Valley Junction Farmers Market

Where: Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines

When: Starting May 6, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Why we love it: Does it get more charming than the history and whimsy of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction? 

Friday

Grimes Farmers Market

Where: Waterworks Park near the Library on James Street, Grimes

When: July 2 to August 27

Why we love it: While it’s not managed by the city, this open-air market features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and plants. They are still deciding on opening details for this year but will update their website when a decision is made.

Dallas Center Farmers Market

Where: Heritage Park, Dallas Center

When: June 4 to September 24, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why we love it: The Dallas Center Farmers Market, which started in 2008, doesn’t charge Dallas Center-area produce-growers and vendors registration fees. Three cheers for small-town Iowa! 

Norwalk Farmers Market

Where: 701 Main St, Norwalk

When: May 7 to October 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why we love it: Quick to get from on the south side of the metro, a great way to pick up goods for the weekend. A nice variety of locally grown and made goods.

Saturday

Downtown Farmers Market

Where: Historic Court District, Downtown Des Moines 

When: May 1 to Oct. 30, 7 a.m. – Noon

Why we love it: The stalwart of markets in the metro, the Downtown Farmers’ Market returns this year as a scaled-back version. They will focus on providing only fresh produce and farm and artisan packaged food from local vendors to the community in a safe, socially distanced way.

Indianola Farmers Market

Where: Highway 92 at the Fairground West Gate, Indianola

When: Open June 5 to Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to noon

Why we love it: Looking for produce staples but not feeling like a drive to Des Moines? Indianola-dwellers will appreciate this fresh and friendly farmers market, which is open on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Heart of Des Moines

Where: on Forest Ave. between 6th & 8th Streets

When: Every Saturday, May through September, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dog Patch Urban Garden

Where: 5085 Meredith Drive, Des Moines

When: Online store open for orders Saturday-Wednesday; pickup 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Dogpatch Urban Gardens is an urban farm in Des Moines. They grow produce naturally with organic principles, and sustainable methods, on ¼ an acre of land. They never use any form of synthetic chemicals on the plot including artificial pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.

Due to Covid-19 the DUG Farmstand is not currently open for in-store shopping, but shoppers can purchase farmstand items through their online store. Place your order between Saturday and Wednesday, then stop by on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for a (contactless) pickup of your online order.

Sunday

Maxwell’s Market in the Park

Where: Maxwell City Park

When: Starts May 2nd, Noon to 3 p.m.

Why we love it:  If you’re looking for a fun-filled Sunday afternoon, head to Maxwell’s city park to check out up to 70 vendors (with an ever-growing waitlist), live entertainment, and food.

Send us an email if we missed your favorite farmers market, and we’ll add it to our comprehensive Des Moines Farmers Market Guide.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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