"We are excited to announce for the first time The Market will be staying open an hour later on opening day to help celebrate the start of the season. The cool rainy spring has everyone excited for Saturday mornings at the Downtown Farmers' Market so the extra hour to shop will be a great way to kick off the season," says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers' Market director. "We are also proud to partner with our new presenting sponsor UnityPoint Health. They will help connect our market community to the knowledge and resources to live a healthier life."
The Downtown Farmers' Market will be open on May 4 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then will resume traditional hours of 7 a.m. - noon from May 11 - Sept. 26. Beginning the first Saturday of October we will implement our new fall hours and The Market will open an hour later, October fall hours are 8 a.m. - noon. The Downtown Farmers' Market welcomes 37 new vendors, and throughout the 2013 season will showcase nearly 300 local producers and artisans from across Iowa offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, wine, flowers, bedding plants, breads, pastries, nuts and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan lunch and breakfast food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment, and offers learning opportunities and special programming - all while presenting enjoyment, fun, and excitement.
"We are excited and proud to be part of this year's Downtown Farmers' Market - a great community summer tradition," said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of Unity Point Health - Des Moines. "We look forward to reaching out to the folks in our community on Saturday mornings and offering them great health information and providing fun, hands-on activities."UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is the new presenting sponsor of the Downtown Farmers' Market. Every Saturday UnityPoint Health staff and volunteers will be on-site with fun and educational programs including exercise demonstrations, skin cancer screenings, bike helmet safety checks, seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions from nutritionists and more ways to Live Well.
The Downtown Farmers' Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July - September. Today, the Market supports nearly 300 vendors and an average of 20,000 visitors each Saturday during May - October. The Downtown Farmers' Market was recently named one of America's Best Farmers Markets by Country Living magazine.The Downtown Wednesday Farmers' Market will return to Western Gateway neighborhood Aug. 28 - Oct. 2, 2013 featuring 30 vendors on Thirteenth Street between Locust Street and Grand Avenue. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Winter Market will be held in Capital Square/Nollen Plaza on Nov. 16 - 17 and Dec. 14 - 15, 2013 featuring 125 vendors. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays.Last year's opening day on Court Avenue attracted a record crowd of nearly 40,000 people. The Downtown Farmers' Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
About the Downtown Farmers' Market
The Downtown Farmers' Market is presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The Downtown Farmers' Market is held every Saturday morning, May 4 - Oct. 26 in the Historic Court Avenue District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a six-week Downtown Wednesday Farmers' Market in the fall and a Downtown Winter Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health- Des Moines in November and December. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the official media partner for The Market. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core.