2017 Day By Day Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2017 Day By Day Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines

Find a list of 2019 Farmers’ Markets here.

Find a bounty of family fun at a Farmers’ Market near you! Even though produce shopping may not be an outing your kiddos typically get excited about, most farmers’ markets feature other activities like arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, live music and more. For the perfect warm weather family outing, head to the best farmers markets in the Des Moines area, where there’s always a little something extra to entertain the kids. 

Here are a few tips for taking kids to the farmers’ market:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. If you have small children, you may want to bring a stroller or wagon.  It also comes in handy to haul all of your purchases.
  • Go early or late. You can avoid the crowds and long lines.  If you’re the first one at the market you’ll have dibs on the best stuff.  If you go late you may be able to score some bargains.
  • Go hungry. We eat our way through the farmers market.  There’s too much good stuff not to try a little of everything.
  • Try something new. With so many options, it’s a great chance to encourage your kids to pick out a new fruit or veggie to try.  It will help to expand their taste bud horizon.
  • Talk to the farmers and vendors. Kids will enjoy eating food from a farmer they know.  It’s a great way to make that connection of where their food is coming from.
  • Bring bags. A lot of vendors provide them, but they’re usually flimsy plastic ones.  I prefer to bring my sturdy reusable ones.
  • Bring cash. Some vendors accept cards and checks, but many do not.  It’s also a great opportunity to give the kids a little spending money to let them pay and practice their money skills.
  • Let kids explore. There’s so many cool things to do and see at the farmers market.  Let the kids take in everything it has to offer.

Family Friendly Farmers’ Markets in the Des Moines Area


Southridge Mall Farmers’ Market

Location: 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA, 50315
North parking lot of Sears.
Phone: (515) 287-3881
Months Open: June 5 – October 9, 2017
Hours: 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market

Location: 56th Street and Highway 163, Pleasant Hill, IA, 50327
Berean Assembly of God Church.
Phone: (515) 661-0261
Months Open: June 5 – September 25, 2017
Hours: 4:00 to 7:00 pm


Capitol Complex Farmers’ Market

Location: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
13th Street between E. Walnut and E. Grand
Phone: (515) 725-2205
Months Open: July 11 – September 26, 2017
Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Johnston Farmers’ Market

Location: 6221 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA, 50131
Located in City Hall parking lot.
Phone: (515) 278-0939
Months Open: May 16 – October 5, 2017
Hours: 3:30 to 6:30 pm

Beaverdale Farmers’ Market

Location: 3422 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50310
Boesens Field
Phone: (515) 238-3245
Months Open: June 6 – September 12, 2017
Hours: 4:00 to 7:30 pm


Indianola Farmers’ Market

Location: West 2nd Street, Indianola, IA, 50125, US
Warren County Fairgrounds
Phone: (515) 961-4727
Months Open: July – September, 2017
Hours: 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market

Location: 994 25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 421-8851
Months Open: May 17 – October 25, 2017
Hours: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Waukee Farmers’ Market

Location: 6th Street and Ashworth Drive, Waukee, IA, 50263
Located in Triangle Park
Phone: (515) 987-1552
Months Open: June 7 – September 27, 2017
Days and Hours Open: Wednesday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Altoona Farmers’ Market

Location: 360 Center Place SW, Altoona, Iowa, IA 50009
Civic Plaza
Phone: (515) 967-5136
Months Open: June 7 – September 27, 2017
Hours: 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Grimes Farmers’ Market

Location: 200 N James Street, Grimes, IA
Grimes Public Library Parking Lot
Phone: (515) 205-8881
Months Open: May 17 – August 30, 2017 (No Market on June 7 or July 5)
Hours: 4:30 to 6:30 pm


Historic Valley Junction Farmers’ Market

Location: 100 & 200 Blocks of 5th St, West Des Moines, IA, 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3642
Months Open: May 4 – September 28, 2017
Hours: 5:30 to 8:30 pm


Downtown Farmers’ Market

Location: 5th Avenue and Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50309
Located on the blocks along Court Avenue between 1st Street and 5th Avenue and adjacent blocks.
Phone: (515) 286-4928
Months Open: May 6 – October 28, 2017
Hours: 7:00 am to 12:00 noon

Indianola Farmers’ Market

Location: West 2nd Street, Indianola, IA, 50125
Warren County Fairgrounds
Phone: (515) 961-4727
Months Open: June 3 – October 28, 2017
Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market

Location: SW 3rd Street and Maple Street, Ankeny, IA, 50023
Phone: (515) 987-4522
Months Open: May 20 – September 30, 2017
Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market

Location: 3200 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50311
LSIs Refugee Connection Center parking lot
Phone: (515) 271-7351
Months Open: May 20 – October 7, 2017
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm



What’s your family’s favorite Farmer’s Market? Share your favorite one in the Comments below!

  1. Friday Night Market in Van Meter, 5 – 7pm
    July 14-Aug 25
    Veteran’s Reception Center (910 Main)
    Weekly food truck and entertainment

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