Stock Up on Fresh Produce at the Downtown Farmers’ Market

When you come to Des Moines for a visit, stock up on fresh produce at the Downtown Farmers’ Market. After spending some time outdoors perusing the fresh market stalls, take a tour of the city. It is chock full of activities for you and your family to enjoy, from picnics at Gray’s Lake to a stroll around the Amphitheater. Your calendar is sure to fill up quickly while you are in Des Moines.

One of the best things to do on a sunny Saturday morning if you are in the downtown area is to visit the immensely popular Downtown Farmers’ Market. This year the Farmers’ Market starts on May 5 and goes all the way until October 27; hours are from 7:00 a.m. until noon. There are currently over 200 vendors offering a wide variety of the freshest fruits, vegetables and other products; some of the vendors sell certified organic produce as well. There is plenty of parking available near the Market, and a well-marked bike trail exists if you prefer to take it easy on the environment that morning. For more information or directions to the Downtown Farmers’ Market or nearby parking, visit

After perusing the fresh offerings at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, check out some of the other Des Moines sights and scenes. There are plenty of happening cafes throughout downtown, serving up soothing teas and steaming cups of coffee to jump start the rest of your day. Get your shopping fix at one of the local malls or specialty boutiques in the area; then treat yourself to a lovely dinner at any one of the many fine dining establishments. To see a guide of local activities and establishments, visit for more information.

If you are ready to book your trip to Des Moines, why not reserve your room at the centrally-located Valley West Inn, which sits in the heart of downtown. This fine hotel has spacious rooms, all of your favorite amenities and top-quality customer service representatives whose main concern is your comfort. Close to everything in downtown, the Valley West Inn is the logical choice. For more information or to place a reservation, visit

Surprise your family this summer and schedule a trip to Des Moines. With so much to do and guaranteed fun for the whole family, Des Moines is the perfect vacation choice.


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