Metro Farmers Markets Opening For Season

Valley Junction’s farmers market runs from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday.

Farmers markets around Greater Des Moines are opening for the summer and fall, but some have some restrictions due to COVID-19.

Here are a few picks with what to know before you go.

Downtown Des Moines: The Downtown Farmers’ Market, Des Moines’ biggest market, has been open for three weeks. Starting May 29, organizers will increase the number of vendors from 115 to 165—about 75% of the pre-pandemic number. That includes prepared food and art vendors, which weren’t included in the first few weeks.

Uptown Ankeny: When this weekly market opens this Saturday, you can plan on seeing almost 30 vendors selling everything from fresh seasonal produce to homemade baked goods to plants. Organizers ask that only one family member visit, if possible. Capacity will be limited by half, and arrows will direct traffic.

Valley Junction: From 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines will host dozens of vendors and local entertainment. You can see an interactive map of the market here.

Global Greens: Hosted by Lutheran Services in Iowa, the Global Greens Farmers’ Market features local produce grown by former refugees. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday at 3200 University Ave., near Drake University.

Beaverdale: We’re still a few weeks away from the Beaverdale Farmers’ Market’s kickoff date on June 1 (4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays thereafter), but you can expect about 40 vendors selling produce, baked goods, crafts, beverages and prepared foods. Live local musicians play weekly for tips. Check it out at 48th Street and Franklin Avenue.

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