Farmer’s Market Opening Weekend

Although at this time of year, available produce is limited, its always fun to catch the opening of the farmer’s markets. Even though it starts early, don’t forget to brush your hair before you go because you are sure to run into all your friends, ex-lovers and former business partners.

People’s Market
The People’s Market is my favorite SLC farmer’s market. Although produce selection is more limited, it is also less expensive. You are guaranteed to see some weird crafts that you thought died out in the 1970s at the vendor tables. And they bring in an awesome band every week. I like this market because of the chill atmosphere and because I’m always up for supporting SLC’s west side.

People’s Market will run every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm at the International Peace Gardens, 1000 S and 900 W in Salt Lake City. It kicks off on June 12th.

The Farmer’s Market
Huge and crowded, the Farmer’s Market is the hip place to be on Saturday mornings. Live music, ethnic food, and gorgeous crafts by some of the best up-and-coming artists in Salt Lake City. It kicks off at 8 a.m. and the best stuff is gone well before 10 a.m., the event closes at 1 p.m. Opening day is  June 11th. It’s held at Pioneer Park, located at 379 S. 300 W.

Our friends at the Farmer’s Market say to look for fresh salad greens like sunchokes, asparagus and garlic scapes this weekend.   If you haven’t used them before, garlic scapes are the top of the garlic plant. I often ask the farmers for recipes and preparation tips.  Here is a fun one from a farmer for garlic scape pesto:

Garlic Scape Pesto
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 lb. scapes
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt to taste

Puree scapes and olive oil in a food processor until smooth. Stir in Parmesan and lime or lemon juice and season to taste. Serve on bread, crackers or pasta.

There are several other farmer’s markets in SLC, including one in Sugarhouse and a produce-only market on Tuesday nights. Park City, Murray and Herriman also have their own events. As for me, you’ll find me at the People’s Market buying heirloom tomatoes and trying to keep Scout from attacking all the other dogs. Happy fresh produce season!

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