Want to enjoy the benefits of a garden without the work? The farmers market scene in Des Moines ripe with markets for every taste. Get ready to enjoy local produce, freshly-picked flowers, Iowa-raised meats, handmade art, farm-fresh eggs and cheese, and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods.
Not sure which farmers market to check out? We created this Des Moines Area Farmers Market Guide to make it easy to choose the best farmers market for your family and your schedule. The guide is divided by day of the week, featuring farmers markets in Des Moines and local suburbs.
Taking your kids? Check out our Tips for Taking Kids to the Farmers Market!
Shop Local: Des Moines Area Farmers Markets
Where: Berean Church, 5299 E. University Ave., Pleasant Hill
When: June 3 – September 30; 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Why we love it: Support local farmers, crafters, organizations, and companies by visiting the Pleasant Hill Farmers Market. (As the farmers market grows, expect to see increased vendors throughout the season.)
What: Johnston Farmers Market
Where: 6221 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
When: Starts May 21 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. (Check their calendar: Sometimes the Johnston Farmers Market features kid-friendly events, like face painting or book readings.)
Where: Urbandale Ave., between Beaver Ave. & 42nd Street, Des Moines
When: June 4 – September 10; 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, plants, and personal items. Live music is also a highlight.
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 18 – September 24; 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.
What: Waukee Farmers Market
Where: Downtown Triangle on 6th St., Waukee
When: June 5 – September 25; 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. Plus, there’s live music!
What: Bondurant Farmers Market
Where: Main Street SE and Grain Street NE, Bondurant
When: May 1 – October 9 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.
What: Indianola Farmers Market
Where: Highway 92 at the Fairground West Gate, Indianola
When: Starting June 1, 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.
Where: Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines
When: Starting May 2, 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Why we love it: Does it get more charming than the history and whimsy of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction? This farmers market is home to more than 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts, and prepared foods. Music in the Junction, a free live music series, is held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
What: Altoona Farmers Market
Where: Heritage Plaza, Downtown Altoona
When: Starting June 5 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Why we love it: Take your pick of fruits, vegetables, desserts, jams, pickles, sandwiches, and more!
What: Grimes Farmers Market
Where: Main Street, Grimes
When: July 5 – August 23; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Why we love it: While it’s not managed by the city, this open-air market features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade items, flowers and plants, and more.
Where: Raccoon River Valley Trailhead (14th and Walnut Streets), Dallas Center
When: June 7 to September 26, 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!
What: Downtown Farmers Market
Where: Historic Court Ave., Downtown Des Moines (Download the official map and guide to make the most of your experience!)
When: May 4 – October 26 7 a.m. to noon
Why we love it: With nearly 300 entrepreneurial vendors from 50 Iowa counties, the Downtown Farmers Market is a definite must-visit at least once during the summer. This expansive farmers market was ranked one of America’s Best Farmers Markets by Midwest Living Magazine. Learn more about the 2019 vendors here!
What: Ankeny Farmers Market
Where: Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park, 715 W 1st Street, Ankeny
When: May 18 – September 29 8 a.m. to noon
Why we love it: Ankeny keeps growing, and so does their farmers market! Visit for fresh seasonal produce, home-made baked goods, specialty food items, perennial plants, and handmade crafts.
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.
Weekly FarmStand hours are:
Tuesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.