Downtown Farmers Market Wraps Up Saturday

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Downtown Farmers Market hopes to close the season on a strong note with its annual “Trick-or-Treat” event Saturday.

This will be the 41st season of the market and the theme of this year was change. All season, construction was underway at a new facility that will include a Hy-Vee and residential apartment building.

“Construction is nothing new to us with the Farmers Market,” said Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers Market. “In our decade plus of being downtown, the area has gone through tremendous growth.”

The location of the new Hy-Vee is on the corner of 4th Street and Court Avenue, which traditionally served as parking for the market. Foss said that parking was confusing at first for visitors but they figured it out quickly.

“There is so much parking downtown and if you’re willing to walk a block or so, you’ll find great options,” said Foss.

The parking adjustment didn’t affect attendance. The market saw around 650,000 visitors, which averages out to about 25,000 per Saturday.

Next year, the market could look much different with the addition of the new grocery store but Foss is excited for growth of the downtown district.

”The downtown Hy-Vee is going to be a great partner with us. We have many conversations with them,” said Foss. “We are working closely with them to really be a great neighbor with them. This will be their district as well.”

Saturday might be the most popular with metro kids as the market is hosting its annual Halloween event

”Yes, we are going to have a little bit of fun. Go out with a little bit of fun. Many of our vendors will have some trick or treat excitement. Many will dress up in costume, some will decorate their vending booth,” said Foss.