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Downtown Farmers' Market to return in 2021 with smaller vendor lineup

The Downtown Farmers' Market will return as a limited in-person event beginning May 1, 2021.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Downtown Farmers' Market is returning for the 2021 season to the Court Avenue District in Des Moines.

The weekly summer event is often considered a staple for central Iowans, but the in-person market was canceled in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Organizers are scaling-back and limiting the annual summertime tradition this year, keeping pandemic safety in mind.

Markets will begin on Saturday, May 1 and continuing every Saturday through the end of October. 

The scaled-back Market will focus on providing only fresh produce and farm and artisan packaged food from local vendors to the community in a safe, socially distanced way. 

The online market will also be available, where vendors who are unable to be at the in-person market will have the option to sell their products.

In summer 2020, the drive-thru bite-size market was conceived as a way to still give people a way to experience the downtown farmers' market in the safest manner possible amid this global pandemic.