Farmers Markets Are Back!By Jill Adler
Yard sales go off weekly around the Wasatch Front in the summer. Drive any street and you'll see handwritten, fluorescent signs littering light poles and street signs. But, see, here's the thing, you're driving. Burning gas, time, sitting at lights. I once drove all the way from Park City to Draper because some guy advertised a giant assortment of "mostly new" dog stuff only to find a box of pre-chewed everything.
Like Facebook’s Park City Online Garage Sale, the Urban Flea Market in downtown puts all the junk in one space. No more cruising. Salt Lake City’s biggest -and pretty much only regular -flea market is a great place to find all your white-bread treasures a good Mormon county would have. You can also sell your own schtuff if you don't mind dragging it to 600 South between Main Street and West Temple, across from Little America Hotel.
Antiques, vintage, secondhand and locally made treasures will be on display 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, and October 11. Food trucks and music will round out the day and each flea market will feature a different animal rescue with animals for adoption. The market is free and open to the public and there's plenty of free parking.
Here are other great on-going “markets” this summer if you’d rather shop for fresh produce and arts crafts instead of secondhand goods:
Saturdays: Downtown Farmers Market, Pioneer Park (300 South 300 West) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. A summer tradition for Salt Lake residents. The Market provides opportunities for local growers, food and craft artisans to display and sell items to the public.
Wasatch Front Farmers Market, Saturdays, 10am-2pm, Aug. 1 – Sept. 19 at Water Tower Plaza, Lehi, & 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. in Gardener Village. A typical day at the market is filled with live music, 50 farmers, artists, & food processors, kids activities, face painting, and much more.
Historic 25th Street Farmers & Art Market, Downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens, 25th Street & Grant Ave, July 13–September 28, 8am–1pm.
L'oakley Community Market, Grassy Area of Cattlemen's Hall 911 W. Center Street, June 29– August 10, 10 am–3pm
Provo Farmers Market, Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center Street, Provo, 9am–2pm
Sundays: Park Silly Market, Park City’s Main Street. An ecofriendly open air market, street festival and community forum with food trucks, live music and local vendors.
Wasatch Front Farmers Market, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., at Wheeler Farm (South Lawn, 6351 South 900 East). This fun-filled market is set on the grass of Wheeler Historic Farm. From wandering through the farm to enjoying a traditional farm-fresh pancake breakfast, this market has it all.
Tuesdays: Downtown Tuesday Farmers Market, Pioneer Park, Tuesdays, August 6 –October 22, 4pm–Dusk.
Wednesdays: Park City Farmers Market, Canyons Resort. A seasonal market held from 12-6 p.m. The market offers a large assortment of fresh local, organic goods from Utah Farmers and vendors.10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursdays: Outdoor Flower Market, Trolley Square, 700 East 700 South, starting June 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Shoppers will be able to hand pick fresh flowers from a wide variety, including roses, lilies, hydrangeas, Gerber daisies, and much more. Some pre-packaged floral bouquets will also be available for sale.
University Of Utah Farmers Market, Tanner Plaza (201 S. 1460 E), August 29–October 10, 10am–2pm.
Heber Valley Farmers Market, Heber City Park, Main St. between 200–300 S., June 13–August 29, 4pm–9pm
Bountiful Farmers Market, First E & First S, Above Main St, Bountiful June 20–October 12, 4pm–dusk
Ogden Valley Open Market, Next to the Century 21 parking lot 2628 N Hwy 162, Eden, 5:30pm–sunset
Fridays: Millcreek Community Market, various parks in the Millcreek area, 5pm–dusk.
Murray Park Farmers Market, Murray City Park (200 E. 5200 S.) Fridays & Saturdays, July 26– October 26, 9am–2pm.
Sugar House Farmers Market, Fabian Lakeside Pavilion Sugarhouse Park (2100 S. 1300 E). July 5–October 11, 4pm–8pm
Thanksgiving Point Farmers Market, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, July 12–September 27, 10am–2pm