Grocery stores may be convenient, but farmers markets are magical. This may be the reason that so many farmers markets are popping up all over Utah. From 2008 to 2010, 21 new markets started in Utah, according to one count.
Food from these markets generally tastes incredible, but there is some debate as to whether or not it’s any healthier than food bought from the store. Fresh produce itself isn’t much healthier than store-bought produce, but there are ways that farmers markets can help us be healthier.
Buying produce from local farmers markets will help us avoid processed foods that we often find in grocery stores, which aren’t very healthy. These local markets can also help us develop a habit of eating fruits and vegetables—the pleasant atmosphere there tends to draw people back to it again and again.
Here is a sampling of the best markets in Utah, from north to south.
It’s all about community when it comes to the 25th Street Farmers Market. For ten years this market has grown, providing free entertainment along with great culture and food. It is held July 14-Sept 26, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays, on 25th Street and Grant Avenue in Ogden.
2. Downtown Farmers Market, Salt Lake City
Every Saturday from June through October, thousands gather at a large park on 300 South and 300 West for extraordinary produce, bread and artwork. This market generally has live music playing and is within walking distance of many attractions in Salt Lake City.
3. Utah State University Botanical Center Farmers Market, Kaysville
This is a smaller, less crowded farmers market with a family-friendly setup, perfect for a relaxing evening of great food. It is held on Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the USU botanical center, 875 South 50 West, running for 13 Thursdays starting in mid-July. The market was established to encourage people to come to the 150-acre botanical center and to support local growers.
4. Murray Park Farmers Market, Murray
Sponsored by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, this farmers market is convenient because it runs for two days instead of one every week. Every Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at 200 East 5200 South, anyone can come and partake in the wonders of the market. This market starts on July 27 and runs until October 27, boasting inexpensive prices for produce.
5. Park City Farmers Market at the Canyons
Ever wish you wouldn’t always have to wait for the weekend to go to the farmers market? From now until the end of October, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Park City holds a farmers market on Wednesdays. The market is located at 4000 Canyons Resort Drive in the lower parking lot.
6. South Jordan Farmers Market
From July 28 to October 27, South Jordan holds its own farmers market located on 10610 South Redwood Road. It is held every Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
7. Harvest Days at Benson Grist Mill, Tooele County
This historic mill was established in the 1850s and now is the site for many performances and attractions, including a farmers market which starts on August 4 and goes until Oct. 6 each Saturday. Anyone can come sell their produce here without a fee. The Mill is located about a half hour’s drive away from Salt Lake City on 325 State Road 138 in Stansbury Park, making it a great weekend getaway. In addition to the farmers market, the Mill even has a Fiddler On the Roof production.
8. Lehi Farmers Market
This is a good old-fashioned farmers market held every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm starting August 4th and is located on 1870 N. Main Street in Lehi. This small market was started four years ago by two ladies who saw a need for a community market.
9. Provo Farmers Market
Located on historic Center Street in downtown Provo, this market draws quite the crowd. It is held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays continuing now until October 27. The exact address is Pioneer Park, 500
10. West Center Street in Provo.
Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square, St. George We mustn’t forget southern Utah, which has some excellent farmers markets. Possibly the longest lasting farmers market in the state, the Downtown Farmers Market in St. George runs all the way from May until November. It is located on St. George Blvd. and Main Street and is open from 8:00 am to noon. Vendors surround a courtyard area and lawn where visitors can listen to live music being played or simply relax.