Coffee, French pastries, barbecues and jewelry: Downtown Farmers’ Market will introduce 16 new local vendors in lineup starting Saturday morning at the open air market that stretches on Court Avenue from Water Street to Fifth Avenue.
The move to add new local vendors comes ahead of National Farmers’ Market Week, which runs August 7-13.
A mid-season jury made up of supplier committee members, sponsor representatives, farm market partners, and community members selected the new suppliers, marking the first time a supplier jury was held mid-season.
Applications were reopened in June to fill a limited number of places “in an effort to add new, more diverse vendors for market users 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 suppliers to our already incredible lineup at The Market,” said Megan Renkel, manager of Downtown Farmers’ Market, in the press release. “The new suppliers offer a broad range of products and backgrounds that we hope will reinforce the value our suppliers provide during The Market season.”
The Downtown Farmer’s Market, which spans nine blocks in Des Moines’s Historic Court District, supports more than 290 local small business owners, including farmers, bakers, and artists representing 50 Iowa counties. The market typically attracts 25,000 buyers every week.
The new vendors will join the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market on August 6.
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Meet the new vendors of the local farmer’s market
Au Natural Healing & Wellness will join the farmers market in downtown Des Moines promoting better physical and mental health through natural herbs, essential oils and crystals. The company also sells health and wellness products through 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 with a sweet, smoky barbecue sauce . Big Daddy sauces are also available at Hy-Vee stores across the Midwest and local Fareway and Price Chopper stores.
BLK & Bold offers specialty coffees and teas while donating 5% of its proceeds to non-profit 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 along with a wide variety of treats, such as cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries at the farmers’ market and online.
GG’s Chicken & Waffles, founded in 2019, brings great 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 business features 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 apparel brand that specializes in “raised graphic tees that anyone can wear, no matter what stage of life you are in,” according to its website. The new addition also sells its exclusive T-shirts and tote bags online.
Knotted Dough & Co. specializes in kringlas, a traditional Norwegian dessert. Pastries are also sold at Ames Farmers’ Market and Valley Junction Farmers Market. Knotted Dough & Co. also offers shipping through its Etsy page, KnottedDough.
Lyela’s Kitchen is a halal cooking and catering company serving Pakistani, Indian and Chinese food, as well as desserts. Lyela’s Kitchen is also located at the Valley Junction Farmers Market.
The Macaron Club, founded 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 macarons and gourmet baklava, a layered puff pastry dessert, are also sold online and at the Valley Junction Farmers Market.
McCabe Artistry was founded in 2020 at the start of the pandemic as a way for owner Ashley McCabe, an art teacher in West Des Moines, to stay creative, according to its website. The small business creates handmade, lightweight jewelry that can also be purchased on her website or Etsy shop, McCabeArtistry.
Nadia’s French Bakery in Altoona is bringing its selection of classic French pastries to the farmers market. From croissants and chocolate to quiches and tarts, Nadia’s French patisserie is committed to “tasty, delicious, varied and quality desserts,” according to its website. Some products can also be purchased online at nadiasfrenchbakery.com.
Shay Design Studio brings its art education services to Downtown Farmers’ Market. The studio offers art education in Paint & Sip courses, illustration services and graphic design.
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 care products to children in the foster care system through its first community partner, Foster the Love Louisiana. Hair care products are available for purchase at thejoyofcurls.shop.
The 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 hair and extension services, with appointments available online.
Wof Coffee is a local small-batch coffee roaster that believes that “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 scribble 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@example.com or on Twitter @gracealtenhofen.