2018 Shop Local & Fresh: A Guide to Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands in Des Moines

2018 Shop Local & Fresh: A Guide to Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands in Des Moines

Find a list of 2020 Farmers’ Markets here.

Family trips to the local farmers’ market or farm stand are the best. There’s just nothing that quite compares to walking past stands stocked with colorful produce and local treasures and knowing that whatever you bring home is going to be fresh, seasonal, and bursting with flavor. It’s also a great way to encourage healthy eating with your kids.

No matter where you live in the Des Moines area, there’s a farmers’ market nearby. Now, what are you waiting for – check out these local gems.

Farmers’ Markets in the Des Moines Area

Editor’s Note: We strongly recommend that you double check that the Farmers’ Market will be taking place. Most Markets go on, rine or shine, but some may cancel due to inclimate weather. 


Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market

Location: Berean Assembly of God Church, 5299 E University Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
Phone: (515) 661-0261
Months Open: June 4 – September 24, 2018
Hours: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Southridge Mall Farmers’ Market

Location: 1111 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA, 50315; Parking Lot North of Sears
Phone: (515) 287-3881
Months Open: June 4 to October 15, 2018
Hours: 3:00 to 6:00 pm


Beaverdale Farmers’ Market

Location: Urbandale Avenue, between Beaver Avenue and 42nd Street
Phone: (515) 238-3245
Months Open: June 5 to September 11, 2018
Hours: 4:00 to 7:30 pm

Capitol Complex Farmers’ Market

Location: Capitol Complex, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319 (E. 13th Street between E. Walnut and E. Grand)
Phone: (515) 725-2205
Months Open: June 12 to September 25, 2018
Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Johnston Farmers’ Market

Location: Located in City Hall parking lot, 6221 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA, 50131
Phone: (515) 278-0939
Months Open: May 22 to October 2, 2018
Hours: 3:30 to 6:30 pm


Altoona Farmers’ Market

Location: Civic Plaza, 360 Center Place SW, Altoona, Iowa, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 967-5136
Months Open: June 6 to September 26, 2018
Hours: 4:30 to 7:00 pm

Waukee Farmers’ Market

Location: Triangle Park, 6th Street and Ashworth Drive, Waukee, IA, 50263
Phone: (515) 987-1552
Months Open: June 6 to September 26, 2018
Hours: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market

Location: 994 25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 421-8851
Months Open: June 7 to October 11, 2018
Hours: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Historic Valley Junction Farmers’ Market

Location: Valley Junction, 100 & 200 Blocks of 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA, 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3642
Months Open: May 3 to September 27, 2018
Hours: 5:30 to 8:30 pm


Grimes Farmers’ Market

Location: SE Main Street, Grimes, IA
Phone: (515) 205-8881
Months Open:  The Grimes Farmers’ Market has been suspended at this time. Watch for updates. 
Hours: 4:30 to 7:00 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 5 – October 27, 2018
Hours: 7:00 am to 12:00 noon

LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market

Location: LSIs Refugee Connection Center Parking Lot, 3200 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50311
Phone: (515) 271-7351
Months Open: June 2 – October 6, 2018
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Indianola Farmers’ Market

Location: Warren County Fairgrounds, West 2nd Street, Indianola, IA, 50125
Phone: (515) 961-4727
Months Open: June 2 to October 20, 2018
Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market

Location: Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park, 715 W 1st Street in Uptown Ankeny, IA, 50023
Phone: (515) 987-4522
Months Open: May 19 – September 29, 2018 (no market on July 14th)
Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Ted Lare Garden Center Farmers’ Market

Location: Ted Lare Garden Center, 2701 Cumming Ave, Cumming, IA 50061
Phone: (515) 981-1073
Months Open: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6, 2018
Hours: 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Farm Stands in the Des Moines Area

Editor’s Note: We strongly recommend that you call the Farm Stand first before heading out. With the cold spring, they may open later in the season or sometimes farms may not be open for other reasons. 

Dogpatch Urban Gardens

Location: 5085 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: (515) 802-4304
Months Open: Opening Mother’s Day Weekend – May 12 &13, 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hours: Thursday & Friday 3:00 to 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Hilltop Farms

Location: 22018 T Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063
Phone: (515) 992-3661
Months Open: June to October
Hours:  Monday through Wednesday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; Thursday through Friday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday CLOSED

The Holton Homestead

Location: 13779 NE 29th Street, Elkhart, IA 50073
Phone: (515) 770-2926
Months Open: Summer Months
Hours: Typically, open Tuesday and Thursday.  Hours TBD, watch Facebook Page.

Tin Roof Market – Eshelman Farms

Location: 5875 NE 80th St. Altoona IA 50009
Phone: (515) 250-0180
Months Open: Tin Roof Market: Produce, Baked Goods, Jams & Eggs – Summer Months; Eshelman Farms: Beef, Pork & Eggs – Year Round
Hours:  Tin Roof Market – Typically, open Tuesday and Thursday.  Hours TBD.  Eshelman Farms – Monday through Friday: 3:30 to 7:00 pm and Saturday: 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

Location: 5987 NE 88th St, Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 957-1303
Months Open: Typically April to October
Hours: TBD, watch website and Facebook Page.



Do you have a favorite farmer’s market or farm stand in the Des Moines area? We’d love to hear about it! Give it a shout out the comments section below. 

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