In Des Moines, opening day of the Downtown Farmers’ Market is a symbol of spring.
On Saturday, people dressed like it was the last market of the year instead of the first.
“It’s that non-stop slurry of rain that accumulates slowly and painfully,” said Des Moines resident, Patrick Boberg.
“We’ve got our winter jackets on. It is unusual for May, but this is Iowa,” said Andre Rethman, a Des Moines resident who attended with his family.
Hot sandwiches and hot coffee stole the show while fresh Iowa produce waits to be planted.
It was good news for Charlie Brendelend.
His breakfast bar was as popular as ever.
“We look forward to that opening day every year. We see a lot of old customers,” Brendeland told Channel 13 News.
While Charlie caught up with long-time customers, Sarah Vorm was trying to bring in a few new ones.