Metro Markets in the News

Beaverdale Farmers Market is one of 10 Des Moines area markets featured in the July 4 Iowa Life section of The Des Moines Register.   Beaverdale is listed among the hundreds of markets in the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s searchable directory.   The IDALS also sponsors the Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt for grades K-8. Students can

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Recipes: June 30

We’re sharing some recipes to get ready for the 4th of July. Cook green beans on high heat in skillet to blacken, then add seasoning mix at the end to spice up the dish. If you can, use a cast iron skillet. Scratchin’ It Blackened Green Beans Marinate

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Lily DeTaeye: Market Music

Lily DeTaeye played two farmers markets and at Ritual Cafe in June and will perform on the GenZ stage at the 80/35 music festival in July. Come hear her at Beaverdale Farmers Market on June 30 from 4:30-7:30 and enjoy this original singer-songwriter talent. Find Lily on Facebook  and at

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Recipes: June 23

Try our vendor salts and seasoning mixes to add zest to your market vegetables and meals. Season your salads or vegetables with special salt mixes from Saltlickers. I tried the dried radish salt. Try season mixes from Epic Eateries, 7 Pines, Mo’Rub or Curbin’ Cuisine as a dry rub on

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Recipes: June 16

What to do with radishes besides salad? Produce vendors offer a variety of radishes in June. Baked Radish Chips For variety, add spices before baking.  Spice mixes are available from Mo’Rub, Curbin’ Cuisine, Epic Eateries, Seven Pines Farm and Saltlickers. http://low-cholesterol.food.com/recipe/crispy-baked-radish-chips-low-fat-low-carb-288830?photo=139276 Creamy Radish and Potato Soup A recipe from eatingwell.com Hot and Sour

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USDA Discovery Zone

The USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone visits Beaverdale Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 16.  It’s a big bright mobile food lab, with fun and educational activities for all ages. Find videos, games and more on the USDA Discovery Zone website.

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Market Music: Big Joe Kinser

Market Music for June 16: Big Joe Kinser takes the stage at Beaverdale Farmers Market on Tuesday.  His Americana and swing tunes are upbeat and entertaining. Big Joe and the entire band play at The Gas Lamp on Sunday, June 14. The show features Carson McHone from Texas, too.

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Recipes: June 9

A hot day brings on new produce: tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes will be abundant soon. For now, there’s lettuce, strawberries, radishes and asparagus. Grill your fresh asparagus in about 5 minutes http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-asparagus/ Enjoy fresh strawberries in a pie. Make a gluten free pie crust with almond flour http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/desserts/r/almondpiecrust.htm Toss the

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Farmers Market Gratitude

Thanks to vendors, neighbors, customers, community groups, children, Randy Burk’s music, and everyone who collaborated for a great opening night on the first Tuesday in June at Beaverdale Farmers Market. All the care and hours invested in planting, harvesting, crafting, baking, cooking, preparing and serving are what makes a community market work.  It’s

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Recipes: June 2

Look for Betty around the market this summer, wearing a new Beaverdale Farmers Market tee shirt.  We’ll also have tee shirts for sale at the market. Betty will be sharing recipe links that use ingredients from the market each week.  Here is an arugula salad from Oprah website: oprah.com/food/Arugula-with-Berries-and-Feta I

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