Des Moines has an incredible farmer's market. From the enormous breakfast burritos to French pastries to wine and cheese tasting to fresh flowers, there's something for everyone. Plus, the people-watching and dogspotting never, ever gets old.
I went with my friend Brooklyn last Saturday and we stumbled upon this gorgeous stand—it's two sisters and they grow thousands of flowers in their backyard. Big sunflowers, gorgeous dahlias, and an enormous array of fragrant wildflowers made an appearance in these huge buckets, and the bouquets did not disappoint.
I really want to make better use of this little charcoal grill this summer, so I picked up fingerling potatoes and huge ears of sweet corn. A post on grilling sweet corn is coming your way this week! Everything is so cheap—this huge 1/3 of a watermelon was $2!!! I also picked up some big beefsteak tomatoes and decided to pair my summery meal with a french Rosé.
THIS. This is my bouquet. It smells heavenly and is the new centerpiece of my coffee table. I'm certainly going to be frequenting this stand every weekend!
HOLY TOMATOES. I love a tomato on its own, with sea salt and some pepper. That's been a go-to snack, as well as my classic caprese salad. I also topped a mahi mahi burger with a thick tomato slice, and it was heavenly.
I can't get enough watermelon this summer—it's going in salads, on its own, and in smoothies and cocktails.
HoQ, a restaurant in Des Moines' East Village known for its farm-to-table goodness, has a stand where they sell breakfast wraps with a ton of fresh veggies, eggs, and cheese on naan. Everything except the salt is Iowa-grown—the salt is from Sonoma.
What are your favorite farmer's market finds?