About the Market
Led by an advisory board and staff of the Main Street Cultural District and the Ames Chamber of Commerce, the Ames Main Street Farmers' Market is a bigger, more cohesive and dynamic showcase for consumers to buy directly from Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more. In addition to the variety of vendors, the market also provides live local entertainment and children’s activities each week. There are also opportunities to include educational programming throughout the market area.
The budget for the first year of the Main Street Market was significantly bolstered by commitments from the community. Organizers were pleased at the end of 2010 and again at the end of 2011 to be awarded an Ames Community Grant facilitated by the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additionally, major sponsors who have stepped up to extend their support for the second season include Iowa State University, and U.S. Bank. Media sponsors have also been secured for the weekly event.
Organizers and supporters agree the first year of the market was a success with excellent marketing promoting the weekly event as a brand new, dynamic mix of practicality and entertainment as well as a tradition in the making.
MSCD Executive Director Tom Drenthe is very excited about the tremendous potential the market has for years to come. “These efforts were really in response to years of requests from Ames-area residents who know Ames is the kind of town that should have a diverse, abundant and really fun farmers' market. A lot of work was involved, but we are delighted that the market was well received in its inaugural year."
The 2013 weekly farmers' market will have a six-month season, twice that of its first year. Beginning May 4, 2013, the season will run through September 28, each Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on the 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.
We look forward to seeing you on Ames Main Street for the Farmers’ Market!