As crops are finally ripening in the field, farmers markets are springing up around Utah. When I first started my annual list of farmers markets as the Deseret News food editor, there were maybe a dozen markets.
Now there are close to 40 markets throughout the state. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my experience at the Downtown Salt Lake farmers market here, and I hope to visit a few more by the end of the season.
Around the state, farmers markets vary wildly, from a few farmers with several bushels of corn and tomatoes, to festival-type events with music, arts, crafts and prepared food.
Here are some general tips to get the most of your visit:
1. Come with cash in small bills, as many vendors are not equipped to take credit cards.
2. For easier transporting, bring a sturdy shopping bag, a wagon, rolling cooler or empty kid's stroller.
3. To save money, pay attention to which fruits or vegetables are most plentiful. They're usually cheaper, and they're in season so they'll likely taste better. Also, stroll down the row of vendors and compare prices before you buy. At the Pioneer Park market, similar-size bags of cherries varied from $6 to two bags for $5.
4. Taste samples whenever you can, and talk to the farmers to find out how they raise and pick their produce.
5. Additionally, if you're looking for orchards or farms to buy directly, check utahsown.utah.gov.
Here's my current list of farmers markets throughout the state. If you know of any changes or additions, please leave me a comment. As I've mentioned, these are fluid; some close and others open each season.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
Herriman: Main Street Park, 13011 S. Pioneer, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (www.herrimanfarmersmarket.com)
Murray: Murray Park, 150 E. 5200 South, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-233-3010)
Salt Lake City Downtown Farmers Market: Pioneer Park, 300 W. 300 South, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 16; also a produce-only Twilight Market on Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. (downtownslc.org)
Salt Lake Market on State: 1050 S. State, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., year round (www.marketonstate.com)
Millcreek Community Market: Historic Baldwin Radio Factory, 3474 S. 2300 East, Thursdays, 4 p.m. to dusk (801-842-9167 or www.millcreekcommunitymarket.com)
Salt Lake City People's Market: International Peace Gardens, 1000 S. 900 West, Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (slcpeoplesmarket.org)
South Jordan: South Jordan Towne Center, 10610 S. Redwood Road, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (www.sjc.utah.gov or 801-233-3010)
South Salt Lake: Pioneer Craft House, 3271 S. 540 East, Tuesdays, 5 p.m.-dusk (email@example.com or www.pioneercrafthouse.com)
Sugar House Farmers Market: 1100 East and 2100 South, Fridays, 4 p.m.-dusk, July 9-Oct. 15 (www.sugarhousefarmersmarket.com) University of Utah: Tanner Plaza, 201 S. 1460 East, Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (www.sustainability.utah.edu/farmersmarket)
West Jordan: Veterans Memorial Park, 1825 W. 7800 South, Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. (www.wjordan.com or 801- 569-5100)
Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (801-792-1419 or www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org)
HeeHaw Farms, 150 S. 200 West, Pleasant Grove, Fridays, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (801-792-1419 or www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org)
Happy Valley Farmers Market: The Shops at Riverwoods, 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 15 (www.happyvalleyfm.com)
LaVell Edwards Stadium Famers Market: 1700 N. Canyon Road, Provo, Thursdays, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., July 28-Oct. 27 (dining.byu.edu)
Lehi: Olson's Nursery and Gifts, 1133 W. 3200 North, Wednesdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 7-Sept. 25 (www.lehifarmersmarket.org)
Pleasant Grove Promenade: 200 N. Main, Thursdays, 5-9 p.m. (www.pgpromenade.com)
Provo: Pioneer Park, 100 S. 500 West, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (provofarmersmarket.blogspot.com)
Spanish Fork: 40 S. Main, Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (www.spanishfork.org)
Spring City: 35 W. 100 North, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (435-602-9787)
Thanksgiving Point: 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Fridays (www.thanksgivingpoint.com)
Bountiful: 100 S. 100 East, Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. (801-721-1642)
Clearfield: 55 S. State, Friday, 3-6 p.m. (801-525-2796 or www.clearfieldcity.org)
Kaysville: Utah Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. (utahbotanicalcenter.org)
Ogden: City Municipal Gardens, 301 25th Street, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (www.OgdenFarmersMarket.com)
BOX ELDER/CACHE COUNTIESBox Elder Fruitway: U.S. 89 from Willard to Brigham City, open every day
Logan: Merlin Olsen Park, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (www.gardenersmarket.org)
Paradise: Paradise Park, 9000 S. 100 West, Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. (www.paradisemarket.org)
Richmond: Rockhill Farm, 563 S. State, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (www.richmond-utah.com/harvest)
Heber City: 200 S. Main, Thursdays, 4-9 p.m. (435-654-4830 ext. 18)
Park City: Canyons Resort lower parking lot off Hwy 224, Wednesdays, noon-7 p.m. (parkcityfarmersmarket.com)
Park Silly Sunday Market: Main Street, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (parksillysundaymarket.com
TOOELE COUNTYStansbury Park: Benson Grist Mill, 325 SR 138, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (bensonmill.org)
SOUTHERN UTAHBoulder: Burr Trail Outpost & Grill, corner of 14 N. Hwy. 12, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 435 335-7565)
Elsinore: Made in Good Taste Farmers Market/Co-Op, 40 W. Main, Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., year-round (435-893-1777)
Kanab: 78 S. 100 East, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. (435-644-5543 or email@example.com)
St. George: Ancestor Square, Main Street and St. George Boulevard, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (ancestorsquare.com)
Springdale: Bit & Spur Restaurant, 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (zionharvest.org)
Torrey: Robbers Roost Bookstore, 185 W. Main, Saturdays, 4 p.m. (robbersroostbooks.com)
Tuacahn Saturday Market, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., year-round (www.tuacahn.org)
Vernal: Dinosaur Gardens, 240 E. Main, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (avfarmersmarket.webs.com)