Everyone loves farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, but not everyone has the land, time, or skill to grow their own. Salt Lake-area farmers markets offer all of the bounties of the land, with none of the sweat of tilling it. Besides produce, most farmers markets offer local honey, baked goods, prepared food, beverages, craft items, and entertainment.
Visiting a farmers market makes for a foodie adventure during the summer and fall when harvests really start to come in. Seasonal yields can have short windows, so you should get the goods while you can. An old saying says that nothing is so rare as true love and homegrown tomatoes—but at least you can always find the latter at farmers markets during high season in summer and fall.
The Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park offers fresh produce and poultry from more than 80 local farmers, plus unique prepared foods, beverages, and hand-crafted items. Sponsored by The Downtown Alliance and Urban Food Connections of Utah, it's open seasonally on Tuesdays from the beginning of August to the end of October and Saturdays from mid-June to the end of October. The market moves indoors to the Rio Grande Depot from November to April.
The 9th West Farmers Market features produce and craft items in an interesting setting, the International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park. With plants and foliage native to countries including Japan, France, and Brazil, the gardens make for a great post-shopping stroll. The market is open on Sundays from June to October.
Farm Bureau Farmers Market at Murray Park
The popular Farm Bureau Farmers Market at Murray Park has an assortment of organic food, vegetables, and fruits. This is one of Utah's oldest farmers markets, dating to 1981. You can check out its produce on Fridays and Saturdays from July through October.
The Park City Farmers Market offers a variety of fresh local produce, fruits, greens, fish, grass-fed beef, local cheeses, baked goods, and gifts. It's open on Wednesdays seasonally, usually from June through October, though some years it opens earlier. It doubles as a great community gathering spot, with outdoor yoga and live music frequently on the bill.
The Park Silly Sunday Market is an eco-friendly, open-air market and street festival that features local and regional arts and crafts, music and performance art, antiques, imports, gourmet foods, and farmers market fruits and vegetables. It's dog-friendly, though be sure to pack out Fido's poop. The market prides itself as a "zero waste" market, making an effort to leave no trace behind. Check it out on Sundays from early June through mid-September on Park City's historic Main Street.
The Sugar House Farmers Market sells fresh produce, delicious food, and unique Utah products from local kombucha to probiotic dog nutrients and restored bicycles. It's open on Wednesdays from June through October in Fairmont Park.
Who needs inexpensive, healthy food more than university students? The University of Utah market is open on Thursdays from August through October on Tanner Plaza west of the Union. The general public is also welcome at this market that offers up prepared food, beverages, herbs, honey, and craft items in addition to seasonal fruits and vegetables.