By Heather Madsen
Nothing says community quite like a farmers market. They’re a staple for small towns, businesses, and close-knit neighborhoods and they offer some of the best options for affordable, sustainable, and delicious produce and goods. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a town with an established farmers market, but don’t worry because the Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market is open to everyone!
The market was established in1992 with the mission to provide more community gathering places, nutrition education, and to support local agriculture. It was almost an immediate success and the market continues to grow to this day. Today you’ll find goods from over 100 different farms and ranches at the market, from one of 16 surrounding counties. Now that’s a community market!
Since the market has grown so big, there are actually a few different days and times that it runs, so no matter your schedule, hopefully you’ll have an opportunity to visit. The Saturday Market is held at Pioneer Park and runs from now until October 22nd from 8am – 2pm. The goods at this market range from vegetables and grass-fed meat to honey and flowers. The Art and Craft Market is also held during this time at Pioneer Park and features hand-made items like jewelry, body products, fine art, and more.
If you’re not free on Saturdays though, there’s also the Liberty Park Market that is held on Thursdays at Liberty Park from 4pm to dusk. This market will feature many of the similar products, also from local vendors and farms, just on a slightly smaller scale. There will even be a Winter Market from November to April so you don’t have to go without a market during the colder months! The time and location will be announced for this market later in the year, so don’t forget to check back in, but in the meantime, get yourself on over to one of the amazing Salt Lake farmers markets!
For more information visit www.slcfarmersmarket.org/