The Saturday Farmers Market at Pioneer Park is nestled within a full city block in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.
Past and current SLCC students, and affiliates are a significant part of the market’s success, as they sell a broad–range of products to the public.
“Everyone asks, ‘where do we get it’,” says Teri Hansen Cone, a SLCC alumni and co-owner of Limeade, as she describes the growing demand for her mixed juice infused limeade. “We are trying to scout out locations and eventually go year-round.”
The north-side of the farmer’s market hosts food products such as hand-made empanadas, home-canned sauces and salsas along with the traditional corn, squashes, peppers, and tomatoes. The unusual sea beans, figs, exotic teas and spices are sure to delight the more adventurous pallet.
“I attended a year and a half [at the college], then transferred to USU,” said Tamara Hed, co-owner Blue Spring Farm near Tremonton.
She and her husband, Randy Hed, have found a special niche with hearty homegrown vegetables at the market, as well as expanding sales online and during winter markets.
On the Market’s south side, merchandise booths display a variety of wares, including feather hand puppets, painted gords, repurposed furnishings, cut pewter jewelry, Victorian plate portraits, and ceramic yard art sculptures.
Nick Oakey, a former SLCC student, began Tea Leaves and Melody with a couple of friends. They sell their spun wooden cups, called gords, with metal straws, along with South American Yerba Mate Tea.
“He designed the gords and we just started making them”, said Oakey. He says they will soon launch a new marketing campaign.
Frank Falk, owner of LOC ART and a custom designer who transforms vintage horns and random metal into iPhone speakers, describes a long history with SLCC.
“My wife and son went to SLCC and my son was in concurrent enrollment as a senior at Olympus High,” said Falk.
Falk scours the internet for unique pieces and has even purchased items from Europe and Australia.
The Farmers Market is open from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturdays and will be running through October 25.
For more Farmers Market and Winter Market information, visit: http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/