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Downtown Farmers Market

4th Street and Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Des Moines
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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- Oct 30, 2014
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Albany, Georgia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

This is probably the coolest farmers market ever! It is very large, covering a few square blocks of downtown Des Moines. There is so much to see, from prepared food to groceries to live entertainment. Wait, I forgot about the fresh cut flowers and home made clothes and soaps! Oh yeah, there are crafts and décor too! Absolutely fabulous. Only... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I typically buy my groceries at the store and was less than thrilled about going to the Farmers' Market. I was WRONG! It is amazing. There truly is something for everyone---ready-to-eat foods, ingredients (i.e. honey, fruit, veggies), flowers, crafts, decor, clothes, live music, etc, etc. The crafts/decor aren't hokey. There are some unusual foods you won't see at the grocery... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I've been to some fabulous farmers' markets. I truthfully didn't think this one would even come close to the one at the Capitol in Madison, WI. But I was wrong! I dare say it was a little bit better!? There were so many booths and so many great things to choose from. It was crowded, but not too terrible to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Recently the Dsm Farmers Market was rated #2 Farmers Market behind Pike Place Market in Seattle. I prefer the Dsm Farmers Market by far!! The Dsm Farmers Market is about 12 city blocks transformed on Saturday Morning into a wide variety and selection of vendors. All sorts for prepared ethnic foods (yes even in Iowa), fresh vegetables and fruits from... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This was like nothing I had seen! First and foremost, it is nicely spaced - the booths line the streets so there is the whole space of the street to walk - the booths are not crammed tightly together. Secondly, the food booths offered a great variety - we had breakfast pizza, and Dutch letters! But there was Chinese, Bosnian... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is one of the best farmer's markets ever!! Whenever I visit, this is always one of the things on my must do list. Have a bloody mary at Johnny's Hall of Fame and people watch while sitting outside. Then start perusing the fruit stands, bakeries, artists and many live bands. Make sure to get a dutch letter pastry, it... More

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Villa Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Only had an hour to spend here but saw so much variety. Beginning of August so the plant vendors were there. Largest hibiscus I've ever seen. Lots of produce and food: bar-b-que, corn on the cob, vegan, oriental, you name it. Great people watching, young fellas playing music, and kids stopping to pet the dogs (there are a lot of... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This is the biggest and best farmers market I have ever been to! Not only was there live entertainment (bands, acoustic musicians) on every block, but there was booth upon booth of yummy-ness! Lots of fresh veggies as well as home-made treats! There were also many booths that were selling clothing, jewelry, wood crafts. My only complaint is that it... More

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The variety of vendors, food and goods is great. Multiple streets and blocks are blocked off downtown. Loved it.

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IA
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

There is a reason why this has been rated by several media sources as a not to miss event! Occurring weekly from late Spring to late fall(with a few indoor Saturdays for Christmas Season Markets), the downtown Farmers market has all types of wares in a large marketplace atmosphere. Based primarily along Court Avenue, and encompassing may side streets full... More

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