Here Come the Farmers’ Markets
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to shop in the street, talk to your favorite farmers, and go home with the best food available in Central Iowa, the time has arrived. The farmers’ market season rolls out this week and things pretty much snow ball until the first of June when several dozen markets will be serving up fresh, local fare throughout our nine county BFBL region.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday May 3rd with a record 50 new vendors this year. “I can’t say enough good things about our vendors.” says Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “The combination of our full season vendors and the occasional vendors truly makes each Saturday at The Market unique. This year in addition to the tested and true fan favorites you’ll see new products like Iowa produced maple syrup, baby food, dog treats, more gourmet style sweets, and rare options for meat and poultry with a heritage breed focus.”
Saturday’s weather is looking excellent with sun and warmer weather. Come early and stay late. The market is open from 7 to noon.
There are a couple of new farmers’ markets this season. There will be an indoor farmers market at Merle Hay Mall on Wednesdays starting May 2. Greenwood Markets will operate from 4:30 to 8:30 PM through September 3. Luthern Services in Iowa’s Global Greens Farm is holding a Saturday farmers market at 3200 University Ave from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting June 7. This market will feature produce from the refugee farmers who have resettled in Iowa and are farming at the Global Greens Farm at Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.
Missing from the roster this year is the Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market. Patrons of that former market will need to find new opportunities for farmers market shopping.