Even more fresh local food

Farmers market fall produceStarting tomorrow Downtown Des Moines will have a new way to spend their lunch hour when the Downtown Farmers’ Market – Wednesday Market opens. The new six-week market will be held on Wednesdays, Aug. 31 – Oct. 5, 2011 in Western Gateway on Thirteenth Street, between Grand Avenue and Locust Street, in Downtown Des Moines. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It feature 30 vendors offering a mix of seasonal fresh Iowa fruit, vegetables, specialty and artisan food, local art and entertainment, and a variety of delicious lunch menu offerings.

Other program highlights include:
  • Meredith will open its renowned Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden during the Market on Aug. 31 and Oct. 5. It will also offer a Greek grilling class from Food Editor Carlos Acevedo and a bulb gardening class from Master Gardener and BHG.com Editor Justin Hancock.
  • Wellmark will offer 30 minute group activities such as Yoga and Bootcamp led by certified instructors on the lawn west of the downtown Library.
  • Nationwide will liven up the market with entertainment featuring bluegrass inspired performers each week.
  • MetaBank will hold a weekly fresh and canned food drive called RE:plenish. The food will be collected and donated to DMARCS 10 central Iowa emergency food pantries, who distribute food to the homeless and hungry in central Iowa.
Can’t make it on Wednesdays? There are still the following normal week day and weekend farmer’s markets that continue into the fall:

TUESDAYJohnston Farmers Market
3 to 7 p.m.
May – October 4
City Hall parking lot,Corner of NW 62nd Ave & Merle Hay Road



Waukee Farmers Market
4 to 7 p.m.
June – September 28
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



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 30
Dollar General, 1021 Sunset Drive



Ankeny Farmers Market
8 a.m. to Noon
May – September 24
Southwest Third and Maple Streets

Downtown Farmers Market
Des Moines
7 a.m. to Noon
May – October 29
Historic Court Avenue District and 4th Street

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