Des Moines has the No. 2 farmers market in the country, according to, which ranked 101 of the best in the country this week. Apparently, Seattle's market - Pike Place Farmer's Market - has the edge on us. Must be in the fresh seafood category. An accompanying photo slideshow details the Des Moines farmers market's growth from humble beginnings with only 15 vendors in 1975 to 300 vendors today. It also credits the market's strong following on social media, with 26,492 Facebook "likes" and 1,620 Twitter followers. The Midwest was well-represented, with Chicago's Green City Market at No. 3, St. Paul, Minn.'s market at No. 5 and Omaha's market at No. 6.