To market, to market

June 6, 2011 —

(Blog post updated 9/8/11)

Can’t make it to the downtown farmer’s market on Saturdays but still want to support local growers? You might not have to look too far! Did you know that neighborhoods in and around Des Moines have their own farmer’s markets throughout the summer? Perhaps you’ve even driven by one and not noticed.

Here is a comprehensive list of the local markets by day of the week:

Farmers market produce


Johnston Farmers Market
3 to 7 p.m.
May – September
City Hall prkg lot,Corner of NW 62nd Ave & Merle Hay Road



Waukee Farmers Market
4 to 7 p.m.
June – September
Downtown Triangle on 6th St. south of Hwy 6

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market
4 to 7 p.m.
June – September
First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue


Farmers market goodiesTHURSDAY

Valley Junction Farmers Market
4 to 8 p.m.
May – October 2
100, 200 & 300 blocks on 5th St. Valley Junction



Norwalk Area Farmers Market
4 to 7 p.m.
June – September
New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr.


Downtown Des Moines farmers marketSATURDAY

Ankeny Farmers Market
8 a.m. to Noon
May – September
Southwest Third and Maple Streets

Downtown Farmers Market
Des Moines
7 a.m. to Noon
May – October
Historic Court Avenue District and 4th Street


With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.


  • Katia

    Hi Nicole! My name is Katia, I’m from Brazil and some months I’ll live in Des Moines. I want to thank you for your posts that has helped me know more of this city :)