The first day of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines is Saturday, May 3rd.
But it might be a little more full than usual. Downtown Farmers' Market Director Kelly Foss says 50 additional entrepreneurs will join the ranks of farmers' market vendors this year.
She says, "Fifty new entrepreneurs joining us in one season is kind of a record year for us. And I think what's the attraction are farmers and producers have realized this is a place they can connect to people who want to eat local and so it's a place they can be successful."
She says some will be organic and chemical free produce growers, and others will sell meats from heritage livestock and some farmers notice the benefits, "There's no where that they have the opportunity to connect directly, and to really sell at a farmers market of this size."