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 with none of the sweat. 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 -- and this stuff doesn't last long, so you should get it while you can. There's an old saying -- nothing's so rare as true love and homegrown tomatoes -- and at least you can always find the latter at farmers markets during high summer and into early fall. Check the markets' websites for specific opening and closing dates and hours they are open.
Downtown Farmers Market
The Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park, sponsored by The Downtown Alliance, offers fresh produce and poultry from more than 80 local farmers, plus unique prepared foods, beverages, and hand-crafted items. 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.
9th West Farmers Market
The 9th West Farmers Market offers produce and craft items in an interesting setting, the International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park. It's open on Sundays from June to October.
Murray Farmers Market
The popular Murray Farmers Market is in beautiful Murray Park and offers an assortment of organic food, vegetables, and fruits. You can check out its produce on Fridays and Saturdays from August through October.
Park City Farmers Market
The Park City Farmers Market offers a variety of the fresh local produce, fruits, greens, fish, grass-fed beef, local cheeses, baked goods, and gifts. It's open on Wednesdays seasonally, usually beginning in June; some years it opens earlier. Check the website if you can't wait to go.
Park Silly Sunday Market
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. Check it out on Sundays from early June through mid-September on Park City's historic Main Street.
South Jordan Farmers Market
The South Jordan Farmers Market, held at the Jordan Towne Center, offers fresh produce from local farmers. These farmers offer their bounty for sale on Saturdays from August through October.
Sugar House Farmers Market
The Sugar House Farmers Market sells fresh produce, delicious food, and unique Utah products with a Sugar House flair. It's open on Wednesdays from June through October in Fairmont Park.
University of Utah Farmers Market
Who needs inexpensive, healthy food more than university students? 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. The University of Utah market is open on Thursdays from August through October on Tanner Plaza west of the Union.
Wasatch Front Farmers Market
The Wasatch Front Farmers Market includes multiple markets throughout the community. The Gardner Village Farmers' & Art Market, with more than 50 farmers and artisans, is open on Saturdays from early July through October. The Wheeler Farm Farmers Market holds court on Sundays from early June to the end of October with more than 90 vendors.