The Downtown Farmers Market presented by Downtown Alliance is back for its 21st year.
The market offers a variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. Its opening for the season on June 8 and will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Historic Pioneer Park (300 S. 300 West). Starting Aug. 6, it will also be open tuesday evenings at 4 p.m.
There will be over 250 vendors at this year's market, including Happy Monkey Hummus, Henna Girls, Patti's Produce, Miracle Salsa, Prickly Rock Honey, Pet Chef UTAH, Ranui Gardens, Relaxation Station-Minimassages (The Healing Path), Surefire Pizza, Sweet Lake Limeade, The Lavender Apple, Tom's Farm, The Soap Lady, Tony Caputo's Market and Yummy Fusions.
Some early summer favorites to look forward to in June include mixed greens, lettuce, arugula, herbs, onions, garlic scapes, asparagus, radishes, greenhouse vegetables, potatoes, rhubarb, scallions and strawberries.
Music at the Market provides live entertainment for you to enjoy each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year's roster looks promising; Bullets and Belles will be performing the first day to kick things off. There is a wide variety of live entertainment to satisfy all tastes and ages. There will be a combination of featured bands and impromptu street performers.
There are also classes offered through the market. Summer in a Jar is a set of classes you can attend to learn how to can fruits and vegetables. You will work in stations to prep, blend and jar a variety of seasonal recipes. At the end, you will have two jars to take home and the knowledge needed to create your own recipes in the future. Some classes offered throughout the summer for this program include Kick Off the Canning, Fresh 'n Fruity, We Can Pickle That, Relish Your Garden, Tomatoes Tomatoes Tomatoes and Best of the Last. Each class is $25 and held at Harmons City Creek Cooking School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Some other special events will be offered throughout the summer involving the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art's ART TRUCK, Salt in the City, Urban Arts Festival, used book sale and University of Utah's Utes Day.
The Farmer's Market is focused on reducing waste this summer with their new Waste Wise program. This program is to teach market visitors what can be recycled. Vendors do their part by using recyclable material when possible and the market does not allow styrofoam. Market-goers are encouraged to bring their own plates and mugs for food and beverages and reusable grocery bags to reduce waste. There will also be recycling stations positioned throughout.
The market is accessible from TRAX or by pedal bike from SLC Bike Collective's free valet. There is also free parking in the Ford Garage (250 S. 400 W.). For those that make large purchases, there is a free produce check available.
For more information on events and vendors, visit slcfarmersmarket.org.