Downtown welcomes the 17th annual Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market to Historic Pioneer Park, providing an opportunity for the community to support local! The 2009 marketplace is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 13-Oct. 17.
The Market—with over 200 vendors—offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. Support Utah agriculture by shopping at the state’s largest gathering of growers.
“Nothing says summer in Salt Lake like the Downtown Farmers Market,” said Jason Mathis, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “We are thrilled to produce the Market to Pioneer Park every year and recognize the important role it plays in the immediate neighborhood and larger downtown community.”
Weekly attendance is more than 8,000 people, many who are drawn to the Market by their favorite vendors. Other shoppers visit to see what’s new, and this year there will be plenty of fresh attractions.
- The Harvest Market will be Tuesday evenings from 4-8 p.m., August-October in Pioneer Park. Stop by the Market for mid-week produce during the most bountiful season.
- The Viking Cooking School of Salt Lake City will offer instructive and innovative cooking demonstrations throughout the season—all on a Viking range. Learn how to be “Houdini with Zucchini” or cook “Asian Street Food”.
- Local favorite, artist Tracy O’Very Covey, has created new artwork for the 2009 Farmers Market—part of the collectible poster series.
- The continuation of the EBT Program. The primary goals of the Alternative Purchasing Program are to improve accessibility to fresh food for lower and fixed-income consumers, and to increase revenue for farmers and food producers at the Market.
- Friends of the Market opening celebration at Squatters…an opportunity to mingle with farmers, artisans and Market locavores while enjoying fun, food and famous ale. Local flavors offered by Farmers Market vendors.
Weekly events offer entertainment for all. Highlights include: The Leonardo on Wheels, “Clear the Air Challenge” awards ceremony, “Independents Day” with Local First Utah, the Downtown Dine O’ Round Chef Showdown and more.
Music at the Market, presented by City Weekly and Salt Lake Arts Council, returns with an exciting roster of local musicians for Saturday serenades, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Huckleberries, with local blues legend Zach Parrish, open the Market on June 13th. Later in the season hear from Bronco, the Debi Graham band and many more.
Organizers of the Farmers Market encourage a ‘green attitude’ while visiting and shopping; ride public transportation or pedal your own wheels (secure parking for bikes is available at the Bike Valet.) Live green and take your own re-useable bag for convenient shopping. Help eliminate plastic bags at the market.
“Building on a long tradition of innovation and community building, this year’s Market adds many great new components,” Mathis said. “We’re grateful to the growers and artisans along with the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers who make the Downtown Farmers Market one of the best in the country. We look forward to another dynamic and diverse season at the Market.”
For a complete listing of special events, crop schedule and detailed information, visit www.slcfarmersmarket.org.
The Downtown Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. For more information, visit