Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

Last Saturday was another beautiful sunny day at the Des Moines Marina and the Farmers Market!

Even with other big events all around us, a huge crowd once again made its way to the waterfront and enjoyed all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are starting to harvest.

This is the big Clutter to Cash Sale this Saturday. All the booth spaces are fully booked so look for lots of great buys. The sale takes place in the Horseshoe in front of the Marina Office.Clutter to Cash Image

Seattle’s Child, a guide to a kid-friendly city, just listed us as one of the Best Kid-Friendly Farmers Markets.

Music: Pure Sparks

Food Trucks: Charlie’s, Fish Basket, Hallavel Falafel, Jemil’s, Mini the DoughNut, Nibbles, Peasant Food Manifesto

Community Groups: MaST, DRMCP(Darcy Read Memorial Co-op Preschool), DM Friends of the Library and Library 2 go bus.

MRHS Groups: Coffee – Dance; Fundraiser – Grad Night/BAM (Boosters @ Mt Rainer).

Sponsor: Marilyn Milano (Click 98.9) Pet fundraiser.

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 5.13.13 PMNew Vendor: Please give a warm welcome to our new fish vendor Jeb’s Wild Salmon. It is a family operation with Jeb being on the boat and son Levi manages the market booth. All their products are wild caught and fresh to you. They are also serving delisious fish sandwiches and different smoked salmons.

July 1st is the kick off to our Sunset Markets every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There will be over 30 vendors, some that will be new to us and plenty of Food Trucks. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm.

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 5.17.01 PMYou all have seen the Antique Fire Truck that appears now and then at the market but, did you now the driver, Dick Body, is also a famous wood carver? He is responsible for the salmon totem pole located on the marina boardwalk by the office. On opening day this year Dick presented this carving to the market in celebration of the markets tenth anniversary. It is on display at the wine tasting booth.

The Farmers Market is reaching out to support local business this season. To any Des Moines brick and mortar, independent, locally owned and operated business, the market is offering a free booth space for one market day during the 2015 season to promote their business. To make it easy, canopy, table & chairs will be provided. To participate, go to www.DMFM.org and download the application and mail it in.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There will also be free meals at the Sunset Markets starting Wednesday July 1st. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events:

July 1st – first Sunset Farmers Market from 3-7pm; Free Music Series starts; Smoke on the Water BBQ in Beach Park and the grand opening of the Beach Park Dining Hall.

July 4th – Fireworks over Des Moines.

July 18thWaterland Festival Activities.

Remember to PITCH IT IN!


To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page. Looks like another sunny weekend, in the 90s!

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