We all love summer, especially since it's a great time to shop outside at local farmers markets. And if you haven't expanded your market outreach past downtown yet, one great market you don't want to miss is the Millcreek Community Market.

We were there for its first day (last Thursday) and here are some of the great vendors you can't miss: One grower lives in Millcreek and devoted almost an acre to organic Asian heirloom vegetables such as bok choy, okra, shishito peppers, Japanese eggplant and more. Two new growers specialize in heirloom tomatoes, with almost 300 varieties for people to choose from. Pop Art Gourmet Popcorn got its start at the market last summer and is hugely successful right now. They are offering flavors like rosemary truffle, cracked pepper and parmesan and Nori sesami. Red Bicycle Breadworks is a crowd favorite and you can see people munching on their olive oil stick bread at the market. Roots Cafe is usually only open for breakfast and lunch, but during the market season they will open their lovely patio for a special market dinner. New this year, Wasatch Pops will offer their gourmet popsicles made from local produce and herbs, their popularity is growing.

We talked to the Millcreek Community Market Director, Amber DeBirk, to find out what else is new at the market and what the big deal really is:

Q. What is the main purpose of the Millcreek Community Market? 

"To provide residents and visitors with a close, convenient community market that encourages patrons to "buy local" and strengthens the community bond within Millcreek. We encourage families to purchase locally grown fresh food as well as offer a venue where people can support local art, crafts, and other forms of entertainment. The market strives to promote a deeply rooted community feel within Millcreek by featuring local vendors, artists and businesses each week. We also feel it is our responsibility to provide a strong education component for both children and families. Understanding how food is made and where it comes from is an important component to a healthy lifestyle."

Q. Will the market offer new things this year? 

"Absolutely! A local Millcreek Yoga studio, Mudita, will be offering free yoga every week at 7:30 on the grass, teaching people the basics of yoga. We have lots of new growers offering more than 250 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. We will have hummus this year, Lebanese style, from Laziz Hummus, gourmet fresh herb popsicles from Wasatch Pops, and Roots Cafe will be opening for a market fresh dinner on Thursday nights. All season long visitors can enjoy live music and education tidbits on the stage."

Here are some pictures from the first day of the market:


Don't miss the Millcreek Community Market 

Thursdays, starting July 26th thru October 4th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Historic Baldwin Radio Factory, 3474 S. 2300 East, Millcreek, 801-842-9167