There is no doubt that the Downtown Farmers Market has grown beyond all reasonable expectations. Just a few years ago the market was a fairly quiet affair with the vendors outnumbering shoppers on some days. Each year it has seemingly doubled in size. It is no longer a farmers market in the traditional sense of the term. It is now a weekly summer festival, complete with music, Bear and wolf-killing dogs on parade, and West Des Moines cougar packs all decked out in poofy hair, black outfits and slightly uncomfortable but stylish heels. I’m not sure what is more fearsome, the wolf-dogs or the cougar packs. I am still trying to get my head around the synergy that has developed with this event. It is as if the crowds are finally getting something that they have always wanted but which has long been denied. Exactly what that is that they have found, I’m not sure. I would like to think that it is the locally grown food, but as some other knowledgeable bloggers have pointed out, not all of the food is locally grown. Anyway, enough pontificating. I’ll leave the resolution of this conundrum to the marketing pros out there.