Locally Grown Produce Des Moines IA

Locally grown produce can be found at farmer’s markets and other retailers that support the local economy. Local produce includes local fruit, local vegetables, local herbs, and is often also organic produce. Read on to learn more and to find local businesses in Des Moines, IA that give access to locally grown produce and other local food.

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market
(515) 277-6951
First Christian Church, 25th & University
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Capitol Hill Farmers Market
(515) 262-4763
800 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
County
Polk

Urbandale Farmers Market
(515) 278-5286 ext. 125
Living History Farms, 2600 111th Street Living History Farms, 2600 111th St
Urbandale, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
June-October Monday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

West Glen Farmers Market
(515) 979-9927
Avenue of the Arts in West Glen Town Center; 5525 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-September Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Four Mile Farmers Market
(515) 248-6310
Four Mile Community Center; 3711 Easton Avenue
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-September Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Downtown Farmers Market
(515) 286-4928
Court Avenue & 4th Street
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Polk

Highland Park Farmers Market
(515) 288-1735
6th Avenue from Euclid to Douglas on west side of street
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Valley Junction Farmers Market
(515) 222-3642
100, 200 & 300 blocks on 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Eastside Farmers Market
(515) 238-5748
3200 Delaware Avenue
Des Moines, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Johnston Farmers Market
(515) 278-0939
Corner of NW 62nd Avenue & Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-September Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
Polk

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Juicy Baby! Why You Shouldn’t Pass by the Watermelon

I don’t remember who it was, but when I was little I was told that watermelon was about 90% water, which to me meant virtually useless and probably tasteless. Missed a lot of opportunities as a kid. Now I know better and I’m excited to share some outstanding facts about the summertime melon – and a rockin’ recipe.

 

Promotes Heart Health:
A little visit to our friends at whfoods.org and we learn that watermelon is rich in many heart-healthy nutrients. It is a concentrated and bioavailable source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that is thought to be even more active than other well-known carotenoids, such as its cousin, beta-carotene. Body levels of lycopene have been found to be inversely associated with both cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disesase (such as stroke).

Watermelon is also an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a very good source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), both shown in a number of scientific studies to reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also a good source of magnesium and potassium, two minerals known for helping to balance blood pressure, as well as a very good source of vitamin B6, which helps to keep artery-damaging homocysteine in check.

Powerful Antioxidant:
Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that help the body rid itself of free radicals that might otherwise do damage. The high i...

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