Everybody and their dog goes to the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturdays in Pioneer Square. It's a carnival, a fair—so much more than tomatoes and peaches. You can gorge yourself on everything from TK to TK, do all your Christmas shopping, augment your garden plot, picnic and listen to some music.
The Tuesday evening Harvest Market, which only opens when the farmers' fields are overflowing, is for serious food shopping. It's less crowded, for one thing. Commuters, downtown residents and regular market shoppers will find the Tuesday evening markets an alternative to the busy Saturday markets to purchase produce and farm goods with ample parking near the park. And we all know that easy parking is a requisite for good shopping.
The fourth season of the Harvest market starts tomorrow, Aug. 7 and continues through Oct. 23, from 4 p.m. to dusk in Pioneer Park.
The Harvest Market is comprised of 20-plus hand picked vendors that range from traditional farms and orchards to rare heirlooms, as well as a limited number of artisan food vendors. All of the vendors participate in the SNAP program, which allows vendors to accept food stamps, with the goals to improve accessibility to fresh food for lower and fixed-income consumers, and to increase revenue for farmers and food producers at the Market.
The full lineup of vendors is as follows:
Adam’s Heirlooms - 100% heirloom & antique varieties of fruits & vegetables
Asians & Heirlooms - Organically grown Asian & Heirloom Vegetables
Bangeter Farms – Local produce since 1902
Black Heron Gardens - Rare and exciting heirloom edibles
Chad’s Produce – No spray vegetables and fruit
Chow Truck – Haute Asian cuisine on the go
Dunham Farms – Green River melons
Earth First Eco-Farms – Organic, urban farmer
Fowers Fruit Ranch – 5th generation farm specializing in fruit production
Gervais Farm – Organic produce farm
Grammy’s Produce – Family-owned farm and orchards
Love Muffins Bakery – Gluten-free bakery
Mimi’s Garden – small batch jams, jellies, preserves and syrups
Paisley Farms - All natural, pure-bred Berkshire Pork
Pyne Farms – Family-owned orchard
Red Bicycle Breadworks – Local bakery
Renewable Comm - Naturally raised eggs from pastured chickens
Salsitas Mendoza – Homemade Mexican-style salsa
Thayne and Cari Tagge’s Famous Fruit – Family-owned farm and orchards
The Sugared Plum Bakery – Gourmet bakery with a modern twist to old-fashioned baking
Tom’s Farm – fresh-picked veggies
Utah Beefalo – all natural, grass-fed beefalo (a cross between domestic cattle and American bison)
Weeks Berries – Fresh berries
Wilkerson Farm – Certified-organic produce