Guide to Des Moines Farmers Markets in 2020

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

Though local farmers markets will look and feel a bit different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and need for continued social distancing, it’s still a wonderful way to get out of the house to enjoy the weather and support local businesses. The current recommendations from Gov. Kim Reynolds limit markets to vendors who sell food, produce, farm goods, coffee, and honey, though those guidelines may change as the season progresses. 

We’ve compiled a list of Central Iowa farmers markets that have announced their dates for 2020 and organized them by 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. 

Shop Local: Des Moines Area Farmers Markets

Tuesday

Johnston Farmers Market

Where: 6221 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

When: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (open May 26- Oct. 6)

Why we love it: This neighborhood market features a variety of vendors without being too big or overwhelming. 

Beaverdale Farmers Market

Where: 48th Street and Franklin Avenue, Des Moines

When: June 2 – September 8; 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. The market will be a bit different this year, only open to vendors selling farm products and food, and won’t have live music as usual. 

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 16 – September 29; 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 3 – September 30; 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 8- September 30, 2-6 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 June 3, 3-5 p.m.

Where: 1809, 8th St., Des Moines

Sweet Tooth Farm is a local farmstand 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 June 25, 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 3-Aug. 28

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 5 to September 25, 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! 

Saturday

Downtown Farmers Market

When: Shop the Marketplace Online anytime

Why we love it: A summertime staple for many Des Moines area residents, this year the Downtown Farmers’ Market has launched the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace Online to connect vendors with customers during Covid-19. The Online Marketplace allows customers to order from vendors virtually. Vendors can coordinate a pick-up time and location or delivery options with customers through the program. The Market will continue to evaluate its next steps following local, state, and federal public health guidelines. Learn more about the 2020 vendors here.

Indianola Farmers Market

Where: Highway 92 at the Fairground West Gate, Indianola

When: Open June 6- Oct. 31, 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.

Dog Patch Urban Garden

Where: 5085 Meredith Drive, Des Moines

When: Online store open for orders Saturday-Wednesday; pickup 9 a.m.-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, the stop by on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for a (contactless) pickup of your online order.

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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Kimberly Isburg
Kimberly is a Northwest Iowa native, a Drake University graduate, and a fan of all things Des Moines. She is a girly girl who grew up and became a boy mom, and is now an expert on all types of construction equipment and big machines. She shares her Des Moines home with hubby Sam (2006) and sons Jack (March 2014) and Henry (December 2016). Kimberly studied magazine journalism in college, spent 10 years working for a newspaper, and recently became a postpartum doula. In her abundant (and almost nonexistent) free time she enjoys writing about mom life, drinking coffee, documenting time with family and friends, starting Shutterfly projects she rarely finishes, doing Crossfit, and daydreaming about future decorating and crafting projects.

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