Farmers markets kick off 2022 season around Dallas County


Farmer’s market season is here. This is where you can find fresh produce, homemade treats, and artisan products throughout Dallas County.

Adel Fresh Finds Farmers Market

The Adel Fresh Finds Farmer’s Market kicked off the 2022 season on June 21. Market characteristics vendors selling fresh producebaked goods and more, plus food trucks and live music.

When: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., from June 21 to August 16

Where: Harmony Hall on Riverside1015 Riverside Drive, Adel

Keller Produce's Deb Funk chats with customers at the Dallas Center Farmers Market on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Downtown Dallas Farmer’s Market

In operation since 2008, the Downtown Dallas Farmer’s Market the spotlight area produces producers and vendors of arts and crafts.

When: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., from the first Friday of June to September

Where: Mound Park, 601 Percival Avenue, Downtown Dallas

Jacob E. Lohr, 9, looks at bubble bath wands at The Bubble Haus stand at Grimes Farmers Market on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Grimes Farmer’s Market

The Grimes Farmers Market kicked off the 2022 season on July 1. Market coordinator Lindsey Kurtz said the market has about 40 vendors each week selling a variety of items as well as food trucks and live music.

“It’s a mix of everything, but we require everything to be homemade or grown on site,” Kurtz said.

As it enters its fourth year of organizing the market, Kurtz is excited to see it continue to grow.

“Just bring the community together and enjoy local music and shopping,” she said.

Follow the Grimes Farmers Market on Facebook to see which vendors and food trucks will be at the market each week.

When: Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from July to August

Where: Grimes Public Library Parking Lot, 200 N. James St., Grimes

Shirley Lathrum of Yale checks out one of the sunflowers for sale at the Hidden Acres stall during the Perry Farmers Market on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Perry Farmers Market

The Perry Farmers Market features a variety of vendors selling everything from local produce to artisan items, baked goods, fresh flowers and more. In addition to the usual vendors, special event nights will return on the third Thursday of every month. Public Safety Night will be held in July, Back-to-School Night in August and Public Works Night in September. The market is also working with the Perry Public Library for its Healthy Steps produces a giveaway program. The library buys produce from vendors and then gives it to market visitors to encourage people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Product distributions will take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

When: Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 2 to September 29.

Where: 2nd Street, between Willis Avenue and Warford

One of the vendors who will be at the Van Meter Farmers Market for the 2022 season.

Van Meter Farmers Market

The Van Meter Farmers Market kicked off the 2022 season with community support.

Market coordinator Alyson Fannon said she stepped up to run the market after hearing it wasn’t going to happen this year.

“I asked local women I know here and we have about 20 volunteers this year to set it up,” Fannon said. “An awesome group of community members who came together to say no we have to have the Farmers Market this year. They all came together and did it and we are very excited.

In addition to regular vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, craft items and more, the market also features live music and food trucks.

“This year we have a lot more activities for children. We have an entire booth dedicated to kids for coloring pages, a farmer’s market scavenger hunt,” Fannon said.

The very popular evening of young entrepreneurs will also be back to conclude the market season on August 12.

Fannon was “blown away” by those who volunteered to help run the market this year. Although they started planning for the market late in May, she said volunteers came together to help line up vendors, live music and food trucks.

Fannon has also appreciated the community support, from sponsorships to shopping bag sales.

“Our community came together, we got sponsors together and we raised the funds we needed, it was awesome,” she said.

Fannon encourages the community to come and visit the market every Friday.

“Just hang out, eat delicious food, listen to music, shop at amazing vendors. It’s a great family night out,” she said.

When: Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from July 8 to August 12

Where: Veterans Welcome Center, 910 Main St., Van Meter

One of the vendors who will be at the Van Meter Farmers Market for the 2022 season.

Waukee Farmer’s Market

Waukee lights up every Wednesday afternoon with live music, food and local vendors in this market. New and old vendors include Marissa Kay Apothecary, Happy Life Greens, and B’s Dough Co. Gourmet Mini Donuts.

When: Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 1 to September 28.

Where: Triangle Park, Ashworth Drive and Sixth Street, Waukee

Woodward Farmer’s Market

The Woodward Farmers Market will kick off the 2022 season on July 20 after the first market was canceled on July 6 due to weather conditions.

Market Coordinator Paylyn Waltz is excited to see the market grow in its second year. She added that they are always open to new vendors. There are no provider fees, and Waltz said those interested in signing up are asked to fill out a form on the Woodward, IA Farmers Market Facebook Page.

“We’re just thrilled to bring him back to Woodward,” Waltz said. “It’s just a good time for the community to get out and enjoy the weather and support small businesses.”

When: Every other Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. from July 20 to September 14.

Where: The Square, Woodward

Peppers for sale at the Perry Farmers Market on Thursday July 15, 2021.
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