Des Moines' Winter Farmers' Market marks last of the season

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(Des Moines, IA) -- The Winter Farmers' Market is back in downtown Des Moines.

The second rendition of the 2022 Downtown Winter Farmers' Market will take place Saturday, December 3rd. Megan Renkel, with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, says the event will be the city's last farmers' market until May.

"This weekend, we have a little over 80 vendors that are going to be present. They range from farmers, artisan food, arts and craft," said Renkel. "We also have some entertainers, so we have an ice carver that will be there. It's definitely got a holiday feel to it. A lot of our vendors have products that they sell just for the holidays."

For Iowans who stopped by the market in the summer, the winter market promotes fresh produce that was out of season.

The event features several holiday-based vendors, including an ice sculpture. Last year, the market had an ice sculpture of Olaf.

"This year we have another holiday themed ice sculpture," said Renkel. She can't say what the carving will be, but did note the sculpture will be around 200 pounds when it's finished. Marketgoers can watch the sculptor finish this year's design from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Winter Farmer' Market can also give locals ideas for Christmas gifts, while promoting local businesses.

"A lot of our vendors don't have storefronts, so you're actually able to go and look at these products, feel them and decide which one you like the best," said Renkel. "It's also a really good experience to see all of these different businesses that you might not already know about."

The winter market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Historic Court District, the same location as the regular Downtown Farmer's Market.

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