What to Expect at the Downtown Farmers’ Market This Weekend

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- As summer comes to a close things will be changing at the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Kelly Foss, Director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market, said this Saturday there will be lots of tomatoes.

“Orchards are also starting to see some apples. So that will be coming up soon too,” Foss said.

There are also plenty of year-round products you can find this weekend, including goat cheese, goat milk soaps and lotions from Simple Life Farms.

Diana Smith said she started with two goats and now they have 14 they milk daily.

Smith said goat cheese is something she’s been working toward for several years.

“It starts in the hay field it’s very much a family process. Everyone’s on board. So we have the hay and we have to get in the barn to feed them. Then we have the milking and the cheese process itself is four to six hours and then aged for 60 days or more,” Smith said.

Here are some other things going on at the farmers’ market this weekend:

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  • Jonathan May – Mr. Magic Productions
  • Mennonite Singers
  • Metro Brass Quintet
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  • Des Moines Kennel Club and Obedience Training Club
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  • Save the Children Action Network
  • Iowa State University Alumni Association

Special Market Programs

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