With the last of the Farmer’s Markets done with for the season you might be feeling a bit dismayed without your weekly supply of locally grown vegetables, fruits, and meat. Well, one of the advantages to living in a bigger city such as Des Moines is the availability of products and services that you would be unable to find elsewhere. One area where Des Moines shines in this department is in the health food and organic market. Whether you’re looking for healthy, organic, vegan, or even just locally grown foods, you can find what you need here in Des Moines.
Although the Fall Farmer’s Markets may be done with for the year, there are still a few dates you can mark onyour calendar. That’s because the third weekend in November and December mark the return of the Winter Farmer’s market. For those of you that don’t want to break out your calendar that’s going to be November 18th & 19th, as well as December 16th & 17th. The weekends before Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Winter Market does a fabulous job of creating an ambiance that portrays the harvest, winter, and the holiday season in general while still providing ample locally grown food products. More information can be found on the Des Moines Winter Market’s website.
If the winter markets are too long to wait, then in the mean time there are plenty of local grocery stores and co-ops that can provide you with your fix of of fresh produce and organic foods. Trader Joe’s has a cult following across the nation, and after stopping in there, you’ll find out it’s for a good reason. If you’re looking for someplace a little closer to downtown then you might be interested in checking out the Gateway Market which is located on Martin Luther King Parkway on the west side of downtown. Or check out Campbell’s Nutrition which has two locations, one in Urbandale and one in Des Moines near Drake University. They sell local produce, organic groceries, gluten-free products, vitamins and supplements at each location. If you want to continue supporting local farmers you can actually order food from them at the Iowa Food Coop. Just put in your food order online and then once a month stop into either their retail location in Merle Hay Mall, or their other pick-up locations in Ankeny and West Des Moines.
And if that’s not enough for you, Whole Foods announced they are coming to Des Moines. They will be moving into the Water Tower Place in West Des Moines, with plans to open in the spring of 2012.