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2021 Des Moines Metro Farmers Market Round-Up

Farmers market season is upon us, y'all! And there are a ton to choose from in the Des Moines metro area, each with its own unique vibe. We love hitting up different markets and meeting a variety of local vendors. Shopping at your local market gets you fresh produce and other goods and supports your community. Here's a round up of markets for our area. Not local? Use Google to find markets in your area.

TUESDAY

Johnston Farmers Market
WHEN: Tuesdays from May 25 - October 12 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Johnston Public Library Parking Lot, 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
WEBSITE: https://www.cityofjohnston.com/865/Farmers-Market

The Johnston Farmers Market features fresh produce, live music, baked goods, crafts, food trucks and more. The market is unique - its proceeds benefit the Johnston residential tree program.

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Beaverdale Farmers Market
WHEN: Tuesdays from June 1 – September 14 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 48th Street and Franklin Avenue, Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://beaverdalefarmersmarket.org/

Vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, prepared meals and more. The market supports the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” movement with vendors from Des Moines and nearby communities.

Capitol Complex Farmers Market
WHEN: Tuesdays from June 15 – September 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: East 13th Street between East Walnut Street and East Grand Avenue, Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://das.iowa.gov/general-services/capitol-complex-farmers-market

This midday market is a cooperative effort between the Iowa Departments of Administrative Services, Public Health, and Agriculture and Land Stewardship and is open to Capitol Complex employees and guests from the community. Features local produce, eggs, honey and more. Parking is available in Visitor Lot 15 just north of the Lucas Building.

WEDNESDAY

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Waukee Farmers Market
WHEN: Wednesdays from June 2 – September 29 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Triangle, Waukee
WEBSITE: http://www.waukeedowntown.com/Farmers%20Market.html

A late afternoon/early evening community market in the western suburb of Waukee, featuring fresh produce and more in the charming 'triangle' (rather than square) of downtown Waukee.

Indianola Farmer’s Market
WHEN: Wednesdays from July 7 – September 29, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Warren County Fairgrounds
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Indianolafarmersmarket/

This community market south of Des Moines features local produce, eggs, crafts, honey, meat and more. Visit to see what all Warren County has to offer!

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Bondurant Farmers Market
WHEN: Wednesdays May – October from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Park, 201 Main Street SE, Bondurant
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TheBondurantFarmersMarket/

Head northeast to visit the Bondurant Farmers Market. This community market attracts vendors who offer local produce, prepared food, crafts, and much more.

THURSDAY

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Grimes Farmers Market
WHEN: Fridays July – August from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grimes Public Library Parking Lot, 200 North James Street, Grimes
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TheGrimesFarmersMarket/

The fast growing community of Grimes hosts a weekly market featuring local produce, crafts, live music, and more.

Norwalk Farmers Market
WHEN: Fridays from May 7 – October 29 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 701 Main Street, Norwalk
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Norwalksfarmersmarket

Head south of County Line Road for an open air market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, homemade items, flowers, plants, and more.

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Valley Junction Farmers Market
WHEN: Wednesdays beginning May 6 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Historic Valley Junction, 5th Street, West Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://www.valleyjunction.com/event/valley-junction-farmers-market/

The Valley Junction Farmers Market features dozens of vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, local products, and more. Live music begins June 3 with the start of Music in the Junction.

SATURDAY

Downtown Farmers Market
WHEN: Saturdays May – October from 7:00 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: Historic Court District, Downtown Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/desmoinesfarmersmarket/

Large, multi-block fair-like market in the Court Avenue area of Downtown Des Moines. Features a little bit of everything - including fresh produce, flowers, crafts, plants, and much, much more.

Indianola Farmer’s Market
WHEN: Saturdays from June – October, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: Warren County Fairgrounds
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/Indianolafarmersmarket/

It's not just for Wednesdays! Indianola folks love their farmers so much they host a market twice a week!

Heart of Des Moines Farmers Market
WHEN: May – September 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Forest Avenue between 6th and 8th Streets, Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/heartofdsm

Neighborhood market on the north side of Des Moines full of vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods and more. You'll even find our favorite Pie Birds at this market from time to time.

Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market
WHEN: Saturdays beginning May 22 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon
WHERE: Ankeny Market & Pavilion, 715 W. 1st Street, Ankeny
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/UptownAnkenyFarmersMarket/

Ankeny's community market takes place each week under the pavilion, offering shade and a dry spot on those rainy Saturday mornings. The market features everything from fresh seasonal produce, home-made baked goods, specialty food items, perennial plants and hand-made crafts.

LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market
WHEN: Saturdays from May 29 – October from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Drake University, 3200 University Ave., Des Moines
WEBSITE: https://lsiowa.org/market/

Global Greens Market

Global Greens farmers are former refugees building small businesses and finding a path to sustainability through farming.  In addition to their Farmers' Market, they also offer a fantastic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that offers great veggies for your family!

Know of a Des Moines Metro market we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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