SAVE THE DATE: Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s opens Saturday, June 3!

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s opening day will be Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the popular Food Truck-In, featuring over 10 Trucks.

The Saturday market will run from June thru September at the Marina, located at 22307 Dock Avenue.

Back again by popular demand is the Sunset Markets, held every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. from July thru August. Patrons can shop, have dinner at the food trucks and then walk a short distance into the Beach Park for the Arts Commission’s Free Music in the Park series.

New this year is paid parking. Show your purchases at the info booth to receive your FREE two hour paid parking validation.
The market is happy to announce that with all our healthy eating programs for qualifying shoppers there will be available over $1,000 worth of vouchers to hand out every market day (Sat. & Wed.).

The Market and King Conservation District are continuing their Healthy Eating Initiative for qualified seniors in our area. Last season the program issued over $15,000 worth of vouchers. Once individuals sign up they will receive a $10
voucher for purchase of fruits and vegetables. Also included in the program is free door to door pickup service provided every other week by the Hyde Shuttle from Sound Generations of King County. Just call 206-727-6262 to schedule your pick up.

Also back this year at the market is another healthy eating initiative for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both these programs are good on Saturday and Wednesday markets.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank will start their free snack and lunch program for children and teens on June 17th at the market. For the Sunset Markets they will have afternoon snacks and supper. For more information on this program go to

The popular Clutter to Cash sale is back again for three days this season. June 24, July 22 and August 19th. People can rent a booth space to sell your clutter (bring your own tables) or come to shop on Saturday during the Farmers Market hours.
To follow market’s happen’ns every week, check The Waterland Blog for Wanolitto’s Market Musing column, the web site or our weekly email newsletter.


6 Responses to “SAVE THE DATE: Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s opens Saturday, June 3!”
  1. BirchCreek says:

    “New this year is paid parking” … “Arts Commission’s Free Music in the Park series” …
    Not so FREE anymore!
    I’m not sure if it is greed or foolish reasoning that has lead to the paid parking installation.

  2. peter says:

    “New this year is paid parking.”

    this is one of the main reasons I want Matt Pina out and am so glad Anthony Martinelli is running against him and said in his initial statement that he wants the marina to remain free

  3. Katherine says:

    It is completely ridiculous to charge for parking when the market is only open for 4 hours to begin with. What is the city gaining? Two hours will be validated and if you stay over 2 hours you’re going to be charged… what’s the point? Do they want people to come to the Marina or not? I can buy fresh produce at a number of markets or at the grocery store where parking is free. Remember this paid parking idea came about during the Pokémon Go crisis. After the city council contacted the game making asking for the Des Moines Marina to be removed as a Pokémon Go destination (unsuccessful), paid parking was the only thing the city council could come up with to financially benefit from all of the people at the Marina trying to capture their virtual creatures set free at the Des Moines Marina. Matt Pina and the gang are just brilliant! This was a lazy idea. The other revenue generating ideas would have taken effort, and we wouldn’t want to ask the city council to put forth any effort. Besides they don’t want people using the Marina for social enjoyment, including the locals. They/the city council are the people that leave the plastic on the new sofa.

  4. Laura says:

    They should leave paid parking out of the Saturday market altogether! Who wants to stand in yet another line to get their voucher. They already charge enough to the Vendors who participate. Sadly, I’ll be attending less Markets at Des Moines and will likely go to Kent, Burien, Renton, or Federal Way Farmers Markets instead.

  5. Bill says:

    For years my wife and I have been loyal shoppers at the Market. With the paid parking for an event that is only open for 4 hours on Saturday this is ridiculous. The Market brings people from all over the area that otherwise would go to other Markets. I can see a sharp decrease of shoppers now that they have to either pay for the parking or wait in what will be a long line for a voucher. Sadly I think we will travel outside of Des Moines for our Market needs. I can’t believe the vendors will be happy with the decrease of shoppers.

  6. Des Moines Tax Payer says:

    Why would Des Moines discourage people (paid parking? REALLY?) from coming down to the Marina to spend money which benefits the city? I guess greed has no limits. Nothing like shooting yourself in the foot.

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