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Buy Local: Visit a Farmer's Market

Are you shopping at your local farmer's market? If not, here are some reasons why you should.

  • Farm Fresh: Fruits and vegetables at a Farmer's Market are usualy as fresh as they come, often picked that morning.
  • Organic and non-GMO: Most produce at local Farmer's Markets comes from smaller farms that use organic growing methods.This type of farming is better for the soil, the environment, and your body.
  • Better Taste: You will generally find the fresh, seasonal produce tastes much better than the store bought equivalent.
  • Variety: You will find a dizzying aray of produce at a Farmer's Market. Heirloom tomates, asparagus, fresh rhubarb, peaches, and so much more is available at the Farmer's Market.
  • Support local farms: Purchasing fruits and vegetables from Farmer's Markets, however, supports local family farms, giving them the valuable capital they need to keep operating and providing consumers an alternative to mass-produced foods.
  • Arts and Crafts: Many Farmer's Markets also feature local artisans. You may also be able to find a great gift, the perfect piece of pottery, or even hand-crafted jewelry.
Here are links to some Central Iowa Farmer's Markets for you to visit.

Ames Main Street Farmer's Market - Open Satudays May-September from 8am-12:30pm and October from 9am-12:30pm.

Ames North Grand Farmer's Market - Open Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm and Saturdays from 8am-12:30pm beginning in May.

Uptown Ankeny Farmer's Market - Held at Ankeny's Market & Pavilion on Saturdays May- September from 8am-12pm.

Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market - Voted #2 Best Farmer's Market in America! Open Satudays May-October from 7am-Noon at the Historic Court District.


Spring has sprung, it's time to clean the garage.

Maintaining order in your garage is easier said than done, but here are some tips for keeping it clean and keeping the things running smoothly.
  • Take everything out to the garage and sort through it. Make 3 piles: keep, sell, and donate.
  • Store elsewhere: Paint (extreme temperatures ruin it), Propane (fire hazard, always store propane outdoors), Dog food (racoons and other critters will sniff it out, keep in a sealed container inside).
  • Sweep out the garage and clean floor stains with degreaser.
  • Draft a floor plan. Keep like items together, such as lawn tools and gardening supplies. Stash seasonal items up high.
  • Keep items off the garage floor whenever possible. Hang shelves and peg boards to organize tools and storage boxes.
  • Don't forget the ceiling. Hang shelves from the ceiiling in the back of the garage for boxes of long term storage. Ladders and other long flat items can also hang from the ceiling.
  • Invest in clear plastic storage containers to keep your items dry and bug free.
Visit our friends at This Old House and HGTV for more garage cleaning tips.

Mark your calendars!

The Ames Home Builders Asociation annual Parade of Homes is just around the corner. The 2018 Parade of Home is June 6-10 and will feature 10 homes from area builders.

HCS Builders, our sister company, is featuring two homes this year in the Scenic Valley subdivision. 4111 Cartier is a 4 bedroom single family home and 3915 Aldrin is a townhouse with an open floorplan and 4 bedrooms.

May 2018 Area Events

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Saturday May 5 at 12:00-10:00 pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines

Off-Trail Trek
Saturday May 5 at 2:00-3:30 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Mid Iowa Woodcarvers Show
Saturday May 5 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Flea Market
Saturday May 5 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday May 6 at 9:00 am -4:00 pm
Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building, Iowa State Fairgounds

The Fraser Train
Saturday May 5 at Train departs at 1:30 pm
Saturday May 12 at Train departs at 1:30 pm
Saturday May 19 at Train departs at 1:30 pm
Saturday May 26 at Train departs at 1:30 & 4:00 pm
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Spring Festival
Sunday May 6 at 2:00-5:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Artful Yoga
Wednesday May 9 at 5:30-6:30 pm
Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall

Spring Garden Festival
Thursday May 10 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday May 11 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 12-13 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Foodies & Brew
Friday May 11 at 6:00-9:00 pm
Ames Airport Hangar

National Public Gardens Day
Friday May 11 at 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Mother's Day Tea at Terrace Hill
Saturday May 12 at 10:30 am
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

4th Annual Food Truck Throw Down
Saturday May 12 at 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry Street Des Moines

Carol Montag Women of Folk Music Tribute to Mothers & Daughters
Saturday May 12 at 7:00 pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

JDRF One Walk to cure Diabetes
Saturday May 12 at 8:00 am- Noon
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

Ames Mayor and City Council's Bike Ride
Saturday May 12 at 9:00 am-Noon
City Hall, Ames

Special Olympics Summer Games
May 17-19
Iowa State University Campus & Ames

The Big Magic Show
Saturday May 19 at 7:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Ankeny Spring Cleanup Day
Saturday May 19 at 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday May 20 at Noon-4:00 pm
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr Ankeny

Valley Junction Arts Festival
Sunday May 20 at 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines

Lorie Line Concert Pianist
Sunday May 20 at 3:00 pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Sunday May 20 at 7:30 pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

Gators on the Green
Monday May 21 at 10:00 am
Hyperion Field Club, Des Moines

Evening Prairie Walk
Thursday May 24 at 7:00 pm
DooLittle Prairie, Story City

River Valley Festival
May 25-28
Various locations, Boone

Folk Music Festival
Saturday May 26
Durham Bandshell Park, Ames

Decoration Day
Saturday May 26 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Hillside Garden Talk & Walk
Wednesday May 30 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Scandinavian Days in Story City
Friday June 1 at 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturday June 2 at 9:00 am-Midnight
Sunday June 3 at 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Downtown Story City

Free Yoga in the Park
Saturday June 2 at 10:00-11:00 am Every Saturday in June & July
Durham Bandshell Park, Ames

Classic Car Day
Sunday June 3 at Noon-2pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid