Ginormous Des Moines Farmers Market

Des Moines Farmers MArketI thought I have seen some really big Farmers’ Markets, but nothing in my experience rivals the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market in downtown Des Moines. Wow. It stretches from the riverwalk to the Courthouse. and goes down at least a block in each direction on every cross street. My cousins and I spent a Saturday morning taking it all in.

There is a fairly large Amish community in Iowa. They had baking stalls at the Farmers' Market and along the RAGBRAI route.
There are a fair number of Amish communities in Iowa. These women had baking stalls at the Farmers’ Market and others set up along the RAGBRAI route.

We ate breakfast, stopped at Java Joe’s for a cup of coffee and checked out the entertainment as we slowly strolled the grounds.

Steel drum band next to the Amish basket and craft booth.
Steel drum band next to the Amish basket and craft booth.

The diversity in Iowa is “white diversity” with different religious sects and nationalities. Bluegrass entertainment

Amish craftsDowntown Des Moines appears to be in full renaissance and features a beautifully redeveloped riverwalk. At the end of my visit I enjoyed dining at Centro (also downtown) and could envision spending more time in Des Moines.

Des Moine Riverwalk

I only saw corn and soybeans on my ride through Iowa. They grow these beauties somewhere (besides Cousin Kathy’s huge garden). The Farmers’ Market is a fun outing.

vegetables at Des Moines farmers' marketonions, onions, onions