Where to Find Farmers Markets in the Des Moines Metro Area

Whatever your schedule this summer, if you’re hoping to get farm-fresh eggs and produce, local desserts, and Iowa artisan goods, there are plenty of places to find Farmers Markets in the Metro. Here’s the ultimate guide to this summer’s markets.

In the historic Old Town district of Altoona, growers and other vendors gather for this Thursday night market.

When: Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June to September

Or: Olde Town, Second Street NE, Altoona

Over 40 vendors are selling at Beaverdale Farmers Market this season. Stop by on Tuesdays to find vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, soap, pastries, jams, coffee, candles and more. Vendors like Pie Bird Pies, Mactopia, and Sook’s Korean Kitchen also serve prepared meals.

The market participates in the Double your food dollars program; bring your SNAP EBT card to the market information booth to participate. WIC and SNAP benefits are also accepted at some providers.

When: Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 7 to September 13.

Or: Franklin Junior High School West Parking Lot, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines

Rain or shine, the Bondurant market is open every Wednesday. It’s a great place to find local producers and makers like The Eggroll Ladies, sip sangria from The Whimsical Wine Trailer, and listen to live music.

When: Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from May to October

Or: 201 Main Street SE, Bondurant

On Tuesday afternoons all summer long, soak up the magnificent views of the State Capitol while browsing local vendors for produce, eggs and more. SNAP, EBT and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers are accepted by some vendors.

When: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June 14 to September 27.

Or: Capitol Complex, Des Moines Street, Des Moines

Open since 2008, the Dallas Center Farmers Market spotlights produce producers and vendors of arts and crafts. If you are interested in being a seller, contact Nadine Stille at 515-468-5720.

When: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., from the first Friday of June to September

Or: Mound Park, 601 Percival Avenue, Downtown Dallas

With free parking, it’s easy to stop in the afternoon at the Waterfront Farmers Market. This market is a mix of community education, entertainment, ready-to-eat foods and all your favorite summer foods.

When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from June 4 to September 24.

Or: Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock Ave. S., Des Moines

Iowa City juggler Luther Bangert performs a juggling routine as market goers make their way along Court Avenue on opening day of the 2022 Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines.

Des Moines’ largest Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday morning with rotating live performers and 275 vendors stretching from Second Avenue to Fifth Street along the historic Court Avenue neighborhood. Many suppliers participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors and WIC recipients and SNAP EBT sales.

When: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. from May to September then from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays in October

Or: Short Avenue between Second Avenue and Fifth Street, Des Moines

Burundian immigrant Beuline Bucumi assembles her produce as her granddaughter, Sadia, 1, rests in a sling on her back during the Global Greens Farmers Market at Lutheran Services in Iowa in 2014.

Global Greens, led by Lutheran Services in Iowa, helps former refugees start their farming business in central Iowa. The Global Greens Farmers Market is a great place to find produce less grown around Iowa. SNAP EBT, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition checks are all acceptable methods of payment in the market.

When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May 14 to October

Or: 3200 University Avenue, Des Moines

Grimes Farmer’s Market

Start the weekend with the Grimes Farmers Market. This market has over 20 vendors and live musicians with a mix of crafts, produce, ready-to-eat foods and other local produce.

When: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from July to August

Or: Grimes Public Library Parking Lot, 200 N. James St., Grimes

The Heart of Des Moines Farmers Market in the River Bend community is run by women and farmers. On the first day of the market, the organizers have planned a delivery of bicycles to children (registration required online). Find products grown on site as well as eggs, bread and ready-to-eat treats.

When: Second Saturday of the month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June to October

Or: Sixth Street and Washington Avenue, Des Moines

Berries by the Pound at Indianola Farmers Market

The Indianola Farmers Market offers many seasonal fruits and vegetables, eggs, baked goods, homemade jams, dog toys and more.

When: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from June 4 to Oct. 29 and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from June 6 to Sept. 14.

Or: Warren County Fairgrounds, Highway 92, Indianola

Etta Perisho, from Ankeny, buys goods at the Johnston Farmers Market.

The Johnston Farmers Market is an afternoon celebration with food trucks and live music every Tuesday. Vendors sell produce, baked goods and more, and proceeds from the market benefit the Johnston Residential Tree Program.

When: Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., from May 31 to October 11.

Or: Johnston Town Center, 6245 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

You will find everything you need for a good meal at Norwalk. Farmers Market. Local vendors sell produce, honey, chicken and duck eggs, homemade dips and dressings, wooden furniture, fresh flowers, goat’s milk soap, coffee and more.

When: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from May to October

Or: Norwalk Christian Church Parking Lot, 701 Main Street, Norwalk

Grillmaster Duhvall Veasley adds sauce to an order of ribs at Nadine and Dad's Bar-BQ during the Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market.

The downtown Farmers’ Market hosts vendors selling seasonal produce, baked goods, specialty foods, perennials, and crafts.

When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from May 21 to Sept. 24, closed on July 9

Or: Ankeny Market and Pavilion Park, 715 W. First St., Ankeny

Stroll through historic Valley Junction on Thursdays for street performances and plenty of delicious treats and produce. Shoppers using the SNAP program can purchase tokens that can be used to purchase eligible products from participating vendors, and this marketplace participates in the Double your food dollars program.

When: Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until September 29

Or: Blocks 100, 200, and 300 of Fifth Street, West Des Moines

Hosted by VegLife Des Moines, the Vegan Summer Market series is completely free of animal products and features local vegan producers and businesses. The VegLife Booth plans to bring back its popular thrift store, so if you have any vegan clothing or household items you’d like to get rid of, consider donating them.

When: May 22, June 26, July 17, August 14 and September 18 from noon to 3 p.m.

Or: Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines

Amber McNace of Grimes sells tomatoes to Ben Smith, Heather Smith, 6-year-old Ashlyn Smith, and 4-year-old Tyler Smith, all of Urbandale, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Waukee Farmers Market.

Waukee lights up every Wednesday afternoon with live music, food, and local vendors at this market. New and old vendors include Marissa Kay Apothecary, Happy Life Greens, and B’s Dough Co. Gourmet Mini Donuts.

When: Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 1 to September 28.

Or: Triangle Park, Ashworth Drive and Sixth Street, Waukee

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