2019: Your Daily Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines

2019: Your Daily Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines

Find a list of 2020 Farmers’ Markets here.

Now that spring is here and summer is fast approaching, the local farmers’ markets are setting up their tents and filling their stands with fresh foods harvested nearby. Visiting a farmers’ market is a great way to teach your kids about good nutrition and developing healthy eating habits. Many of the farmers markets here in the Metro provide fun family friendly activities to enjoy as well. Here’s your daily guide of local farmers markets to explore this season in Des Moines.

2019: Your Daily Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

For a fun and educational trip to the local farmers’ market, follow these tips from Demi Johnson, Youth Nutrition Educator with Iowa State University Extension:

  • Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle. The summer heat can dehydrate us all quickly, which can quickly lead to headaches, fatigue, and cranky kiddos. It’s best to fill up on water as opposed to the sugary drinks that are often available at the farmers markets. Many farmers markets take place in an area that may even have drinking fountains near by to refill the bottle while your family is there. Then, drinking a fresh squeezed lemonade from one of the stands can be a more enjoyable treat, because it can be enjoyed more slowly.
  • When buying fresh produce, include the kids in every step. Having kids ask the stand owner to teach them how to pick the best produce helps build communication skills while teaching them how to buy healthy foods on their own. They can also be included in paying for the produce. Let children pick out some fruits and veggies that they want to try. Suggesting that they try one from each color of the rainbow is a fun way to pick out new foods. 
  • When you get home include kids in preparing the produce by washing and cutting it up together.  Peppers, celery, and cucumbers are great examples of foods that can be easily cut by younger children while they develop safe knife skills. There are many recipes that use fresh produce on the Spend Smart Eat Smart website that are family friendly, nutritious, and easy to prepare. The kids I work with have really enjoyed learning how to wash and chop different veggies and then being able to try them with a homemade veggie dip.  
  • If you have a particularly picky eater, try food chaining. This technique starts with foods that are the same color, texture, or taste of what they are used to. For example, if your child will only eat strawberry smoothies, try strawberry and raspberry smoothies and slowly integrate other foods that change the color and flavor while keeping the same texture. This takes a lot of patience, but it can help expand a picky eater’s diet. Let them pick foods they know they like and suggest trying foods they are not so sure about.
  • In summary, place less emphasis on eating the food and more on the experience of buying it and preparing it. Food (especially from the farmers market) engages all of our senses – taste is just one -but our experience with food is so much more than that! Don’t get too caught up in the nutrition and instead build skills, character, and memories together.  
2019: Your Daily Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com

Farmers’ Markets in the Des Moines Area


Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market

Location: Berean Assembly of God Church, 5299 E University Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
Phone: (515) 661-0261
Months Open: June 3 – September 30, 2019
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 3 to October 14, 2019
Hours: 3:00 to 6:00 pm


Beaverdale Farmers’ Market

Location: Urbandale Avenue, between Beaver and Urbandale Avenues
Phone: (515) 238-3245
Months Open: June 4 to September 10, 2019
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 18 to September 24, 2019
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 21 to October 8, 2019
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 5 to September 25, 2019
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 5 to September 25, 2019
Hours: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Bondurant Farmers Market

Location:  Landus Cooperative and Bike Trailhead, 102 Lincoln Street NE, Bondurant, IA 50035
Months Open: May 1 to October 9, 2019
Hours: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

2019: Your Daily Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Des Moines – dsm4kids.com


Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market

Location: 994 25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 421-8851
Months Open: TBD
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 2 to September 26, 2019
Hours: 4:00 to 8:00 pm


Dallas Center Farmers’ Market

Location: Downtown Trailhead, 1309 Walnut Street, Dallas Center, IA 50063
Phone: (515) 669-1827
Months Open: TBD
Hours: 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Grimes Farmers’ Market

Location: Grimes Public Library, 200 N James Street, Grimes, IA 50111
Phone: (515) 986-3551
Months Open: July 5 to August 26, 2019
Hours: 4:00 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 4 – October 26, 2019
Hours: 7:00 am to 12:00 noon (8:00 am to 12:00 noon in October)

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: June 1 – October 5, 2019
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 1 to October 26, 2019
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 18 – September 28, 2019 (no market on July 13th)
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: First Saturday of the Month – May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7 and October 5, 2019
Hours: 2:00 to 5:00 pm



Did we miss your favorite Des Moines area Farmers’ Market?  Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll add it to the list!  

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