These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Iowa For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Iowa offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Iowa? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Iowa farmers markets:

  1. Freight House Farmers’ Market, Davenport, IA
  2. Dubuque Farmers Market, Dubuque, IA
  3. Downtown Farmers’ Market – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
  4. The Iowa City Mercer Park Farmers Market, Iowa City, IA
  5. Iowa City Farmers Market, Iowa City, IA
  6. Noelridge Farmers Market, Cedar Rapids, IA
  7. Market On Central – Farmers Market In Historic Downtown Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge, IA
  8. Sioux City Farmers Market, Sioux City, IA
  9. Historic Valley Junction Farmers Market, West Des Moines, IA
  10. Valley Junction Farmers Market, West Des Moines, IA

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Iowa or the cheapest place to live in Iowa.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Iowa?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Iowa, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Hawkeye State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Iowa, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Freight House Farmers’ Market

Freight House Farmers' Market -- Davenport, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Davenport, IA
Address: 421 W. River Drive, Last Suite-Closest to Playground, Davenport, IA 52805
Times: Tue: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Dubuque Farmers Market

Dubuque Farmers Market -- Dubuque, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 91.4
City: Dubuque, IA
Address: Iowa Street between 11th & 14th Streets, Dubuque, IA 52001
Times: Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Downtown Farmers’ Market – Des Moines

Downtown Farmers' Market - Des Moines -- Des Moines, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Des Moines, IA
Address: Court Avenue and 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Times: Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. The Iowa City Mercer Park Farmers Market

The Iowa City Mercer Park Farmers Market -- Iowa City, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Iowa City, IA
Address: 1317 Dover Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Times: Tue: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Iowa City Farmers Market

Iowa City Farmers Market -- Iowa City, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 85.7
City: Iowa City, IA
Address: 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA 52240
Times: Wed: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Sat: 7:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Noelridge Farmers Market

Noelridge Farmers Market -- Cedar Rapids, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Cedar Rapids, IA
Address: Corner of Collins Road & Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Times: Mon: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Wed: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Fri: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Market On Central – Farmers Market In Historic Downtown Fort Dodge

Market On Central - Farmers Market In Historic Downtown Fort Dodge -- Fort Dodge, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Fort Dodge, IA
Address: 7th to 10th Street on Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Sioux City Farmers Market

Sioux City Farmers Market -- Sioux City, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Sioux City, IA
Address: 100 Pearl Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
Times: Wed: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Historic Valley Junction Farmers Market

Historic Valley Junction Farmers Market -- West Des Moines, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: West Des Moines, IA
Address: 5th Street, Valley Junction, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Valley Junction Farmers Market

Valley Junction Farmers Market -- West Des Moines, IA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: West Des Moines, IA
Address: 100 & 200 blocks on 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Iowa

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Hawkeye State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Iowa

Name City Rank Score
Freight House Farmers’ Market Davenport 1 91.4
Dubuque Farmers Market Dubuque 2 91.4
Downtown Farmers’ Market – Des Moines Des Moines 3 88.6
The Iowa City Mercer Park Farmers Market Iowa City 4 88.6
Iowa City Farmers Market Iowa City 5 85.7
Noelridge Farmers Market Cedar Rapids 6 74.3
Market On Central – Farmers Market In Historic Downtown Fort Dodge Fort Dodge 7 71.4
Sioux City Farmers Market Sioux City 8 68.6
Historic Valley Junction Farmers Market West Des Moines 9 68.6
Valley Junction Farmers Market West Des Moines 10 68.6
Johnston Farmers Market Johnston 11 68.6
Spencer Riverfront Farmers Market Spencer 12 68.6
Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market Des Moines 13 62.9
Cedar Falls Farmers Market Cedar Falls 14 62.9
Beaverdale Farmers Market Des Moines 15 57.1
Muscatine Area Farmers Market I Muscatine 16 57.1
8th Avenue City Farmers Market Cedar Rapids 17 54.3
North Iowa Farmers Market Mason City 18 54.3
Fort Madison Farmers Market Fort Madison 19 54.3
Keokuk Farmers Market Keokuk 20 51.4
University Avenue Farmers’ Market Waterloo 21 48.6
Dubuque Winter Farmers Market Dubuque 22 48.6
Bettendorf Farmers’ Market Bettendorf 23 48.6
Farmers Market On Main Marshalltown 24 48.6
Boone Farmers Market Association Boone 25 48.6
Uptown Ankeny Farmers Market Ankeny 26 45.7
Davenport Farmers’ Market Davenport 27 42.9
Trinity Farmers’ Market Bettendorf 28 42.9
Muscatine Area Farmers Market Ii Muscatine 29 42.9
Jasper County Farmers Market Newton 30 42.9
Pella Farmers Market Pella 31 42.9
Marion Farmers Market Marion 32 40.0
Wapello County Farmers Market Ottumwa 33 40.0
Coralville Farmers’ Market Coralville 34 40.0
College Hill Farmers Market Cedar Falls 35 37.1
Waukee Downtown Farmers Market Waukee 36 37.1
Lsi Global Greens Farmers’ Market Des Moines 37 28.6
Kimball Ridge Family Market Waterloo 38 2.9
The Mason City Market Mason City 39 2.9
Capitol Hill Farmers Market Des Moines 40 0.0
Eastside Farmers Market Des Moines 41 0.0
Highland Park Farmers Market Des Moines 42 0.0
Punta Gorda Downtown Farmers Market Iowa City 43 0.0
Sycamore Mall Farmers Market Iowa City 44 0.0
Cedar Valley Farmers Market I Waterloo 45 0.0
Downtown Waterloo Farmers Market Waterloo 46 0.0
North Grand Farmers Market Association Ames 47 0.0
River City Farmers Market I Council Bluffs 48 0.0
River City Farmers Market Ii Council Bluffs 49 0.0
West Glen Farmers Market West Des Moines 50 0.0
Cartwright Pavilion Farmers Market Marshalltown 51 0.0
Linn Street Farmers Market Marshalltown 52 0.0
Farm Fresh Market Mason City 53 0.0
Lyons Farmers Market Clinton 54 0.0
Farm Fresh Farmers Market Burlington 55 0.0
Riverfront Farmers Market Burlington 56 0.0
Green Earth Farmers Market Ottumwa 57 0.0
Ottumwa Farmers Market Ottumwa 58 0.0
Fort Dodge Area Fruit/vegetable Growers, Inc. Fort Dodge 59 0.0
Indianola Farmers Market Indianola 60 0.0
Oskaloosa Farmers Market I Oskaloosa 61 0.0
Oskaloosa Farmers Market Ii Oskaloosa 62 0.0
Storm Lake Farmers Market Storm Lake 63 0.0
Grimes Farmers Market Grimes 64 0.0
Waverly Farmers Market Waverly 65 0.0

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