Coffee, French pastries, barbecue and jewelry – the Downtown Farmers Market will introduce 16 new local vendors to the lineup starting Saturday morning at the open-air market that stretches from Water Street’s Court Avenue to Fifth Avenue.
The decision to add new local vendors comes ahead of National Farmers’ Market Week, which runs August 7-13.
A mid-season judging panel comprised of vendor committee members, sponsor representatives, farmers’ market partners and community members selected the new vendors, marking the first time a vendor judging panel stood at the mid-season.
Applications reopened in June to fill a limited number of spots “with the goal of adding new, more diverse vendors for market enthusiasts to enjoy and support,” said Kyle Oppenhuizen, director of communications for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, in a press release.
“The Downtown Farmers’ Market team is thrilled to welcome these new vendors to our already incredible lineup at the market,” Downtown Farmers’ Market manager Megan Renkel said in the press release. . “The new vendors bring a wide variety of products and experiences that we hope will reinforce the value our vendors offer throughout The Market season.”
The Downtown Farmer’s Market, which spans nine blocks in historic Des Moines, supports more than 290 local small business owners, including farmers, bakers and artists who represent 50 Iowa counties . The market typically attracts 25,000 buyers each week.
The new vendors will join the Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market on August 6.
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Au Natural Healing & Wellness will join the Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market to promote better physical and mental health through natural herbs, essential oils and crystals. The company also sells healing and wellness products on its website and at the Valley Junction Farmers Market.
Big Daddy’s Original Bar-BQ, a Des Moines staple since 1983, is another new addition to the Downtown Farmers’ Market lineup with chicken dinners or a pulled pork sandwich smothered in sweet and smoky barbecue sauce. Big Daddy’s sauces are also available at Hy-Vee stores in the Midwest and local Fareway and Price Chopper stores.
BLK & Bold offers specialty coffee and tea while donating 5% of its proceeds to nonprofit youth organizations across America. The company offers subscription services on its website, blkandbold.com.
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Cie Cie’s Sweet Treats offers a rotating hot menu as well as a wide variety of treats, such as cookies, cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries at the Farmer’s Market as well as online.
GG’s Chicken & Waffles, founded in 2019, brings big flavor to Des Moines with chicken and waffles, chicken sandwiches and wings.
Iowa Cookie Co. offers six-ounce cookies, with a full box weighing nearly five pounds. This sweet company offers a rotating list of unique flavors, including Colossal Monster, Holy Roller, Dirt Worm, Sugar Daddy, Main Squeeze, Double Stuffed, and Bronco.
Ken Supply Co. is a Des Moines-based clothing brand that specializes in “raised graphic tees that anyone can wear, no matter what stage of life you’re in,” according to its site. website. The new addition also sells its iconic t-shirts and tote bags online.
Knotted Dough & Co. specializes in kringlas, a traditional Norwegian pastry. Twisted pastries are also sold at the Ames Farmers Market and Valley Junction Farmers Market. Knotted Dough & Co. also offers delivery through its Etsy page, KnottedDough.
Lyela’s Kitchen is a halal cooking and catering company that serves Pakistani, Indian and Chinese dishes, as well as desserts. Lyela’s kitchen can also be found at the Valley Junction Farmer’s Market.
Macaron Club, established in 2020, is a gourmet dessert company focused on “elevating the taste of luxury to higher standards,” according to its website. Macaron Club’s classic French macaroons and gourmet baklava, a layered pastry dessert, are also sold online and at Valley Junction Farmers Market.
McCabe Artistry was established in 2020 at the start of the pandemic to allow owner Ashley McCabe, a West Des Moines art teacher, to stay creative, according to its website. The small business creates handmade, lightweight jewelry that can also be purchased on its website or on its Etsy store, McCabeArtistry.
Nadia’s French Bakery in Altoona brings its selection of classic French pastries to the farmers market. From croissants and chocolatines to quiches and pies, Nadia’s French Bakery is committed to offering “tasty, delicious, varied and quality pastries,” according to its website. Some products are also available for purchase online at nadiasfrenchbakery.com.
Shay Design Studio brings its art education services to the downtown farmers market. The studio offers art education in courses from Paint & Sip to illustration and graphic design services.
The Joy of Curls creates natural, plant-based hair care products for curly hair, but its mission doesn’t stop there. The Joy of Curls also donates its hair products to children in the foster care system through its premier community partner, Foster the Love Louisiana. Hair products are available for purchase at thejoyofcurls.shop.
Tranzitions Wellness & Beauty Bar specializes in all-natural wellness products such as crystals and stones, handmade candles and natural beauty products. The company also offers hairstyling and extension services, with appointments available online.
Wof Coffee is a local small-batch coffee roaster that believes “coffee is a science, but it’s also an art,” according to its website. Wof Coffee also makes regular appearances at Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market Different and Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market. Coffee flavors, each with a unique doodle design on the front, are available for purchase at wofcoffee.com.
Grace Altenhofen is a reporter for the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @gracealtenhofen.