Wednesday , May 09, 2018 - 5:15 AM
Farmers markets offer visitors a chance to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in an atmosphere that also most often invites musicians and vendors of local crafts.
Northern Utah offers a handful of farmers markets throughout the summer.
Here is a listing of local farmers markets, the times and dates they are open and some information about what sets some markets apart.
BOX ELDER COUNTY
Brigham City Farmer’s Market
This market, held at the Box Elder County Court House, is a juried event. The committee chooses participants from among applications, especially limiting artisan vendors to those considered to be high quality, said David Walker, volunteer farmers market director.
The market discourages any selling of mass-produced items and welcomes hand-crafted, specialty items in addition to fruits and vegetables, Walker said.
“Utah’s Famous Fruit Way begins and ends at the Brigham City Farmers Market” is the slogan for this event, Walker said.
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 16 through Sept. 29
Where: 20 North Main Street, Brigham City
Cache County Gardeners’ Market
“The mission of Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market is to educate consumers about sustainable agriculture and healthy foods, provide a source of revenue for local farmers and artisans, and create a vital community gathering place for all ages,” according to gardenersmarket.org.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 12 through October 20
Where: 199 N. Main St., Logan
Contact: 435-754-7402 or gardenersmarket.org
Richmond Harvest Market
“Our farm is historic,” said Jennifer Hines, an owner of the Rockhill Farm where the event is held. “It’s on the historic registry.”
Among the items for sale each week are Rockhill Creamery cheese, fresh produce, local honey and Crumb Brothers bread, Hines said.
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 2 through Sept. 29.
Where: 563 S. State St., Richmond
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Bountiful Farmers Market
When: 3-8:30 p.m.or dusk Thursdays, June 21 through Oct. 18
Where: Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West, Bountiful
Layton F.E.S.T. (Farmers, Entertainment, Shopping and Trucks)
“Every week we have a variety of food trucks and vendors and a variety of craft and merchandise vendors,” said Michelle Howard, city recreation superintendent. “We have a band that plays.”
Special attractions include a kids zone complete with inflatable toys is planned for July 13.
An art stroll with local artists is set for July 20. A dance night will be held Aug. 3.
Those who enjoy outdoor games are invited to enjoy corn hole and giant board games Aug. 10.
An arts and crafts night for children is planned Aug. 24.
When: 5:30 p.m. to dusk Fridays, July 13 through Aug. 31.
Where: Layton Commons Park Constitution Circle, 465 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton
Contact: 801-336-3900 or laytonfest.com
Syracuse City Farmers Market
“We offer local produce, live entertainment and crafts in a local park setting next to a splash pad and a playground,” said Noah Steele, farmers market manager and development services manager for Syracuse City.
When: 5 p.m. to dusk Wednesdays, July 11 through Aug. 29
Where: Centennial Park, 1891 West Antelope Drive (1700 South), Syracuse
Contact: 801-614-9672 or visit Syracuse City Farmers Market on Facebook
USU Botanical Center Farmers Market
‘This is a seasonal open air market with food demonstrations and free children's activities,” according to according to farmersmarketonline.com.
Some special events include Aggie ice cream tasting July 12 and honey tasting July 19.
Corn grilling is planned for Aug. 12 and a salsa showdown is set for Aug. 30.
“We have free activities for kids,” said Stacie Stone with the Davis County USU Extension. “They keep the kids busy so the parents can shop.”
When: 5-8 p.m. or until dusk Thursdays, July 12 through Sept. 20
Where: 875 S. 50 West, Kaysville
Contact: 801-499-5370 or USUbotanicalcenter.org
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Farmers Market Ogden
“It’s the largest market in the county and the largest market North of Salt Lake,” said Kim Bowsher, executive director of Ogden Downtown Alliance.
“We have a ton of community activies,” Bowsher said, noting that these attractions rotate, making something new each week at the market. “We have lots of ways for people to engage besides shopping. We have live entertainment and community yoga every week at 9 a.m. on the lawn at Municipal Gardens.”
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 23 through Sept. 15
Where: Historic 25th Street, Ogden
Ogden also offers farmers markets outside of the summer season.
Ogden Valley Open Market
This market, which invites local crafters along with sellers of fruits and vegetables, is located in a grass lot next to the Century 21 Building and next to the Mad Moose Cafe and Alpine Pizza.
Three special events include an activity around the Brigham City Museum of Pottery opening day, July 12, said Elissa Ludlum, director of the market organizing committee.
An August event with a date to be announced on the website, ogdenvalleyopenmarket.com, will offer children a chance to explore their future career options as professionals will be on-hand to answer questions and give advice.
The final day, Sept. 13, will be geared toward a celebration of service from public safety personnel, Ludlum said.
In years past, the Weber County Sheriff’s Department has brought a patrol boat and allowed visiting children to climb on it.
When: 5:30 p.m. to dusk Thursdays, July 12 through September 13
Where: 2405 N. State Road 158, Eden
Contact: 801-686-8483 or ogdenvalleyopenmarket.com
To see a listing of Utah farmers markets, visit farmersmarketonline.com/fm/Utah.htm.
There’s also a way to find farmers markets throughout the country, should you want to visit one while you are out of town.
Many farmers markets are registered with the USDA. The agency has a search function on its website allowing visitors to find markets throughout the country. The website is located at usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets.
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