The 10th season of the University of Utah Farmers Market begins Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Tanner Plaza, west of the Student Union, and continues every Thursday through Oct. 5.
The Farmers Market began as a way to bring fresh, local food to the campus in order to help build healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. The market is a staple of the fall semester, and campus members come back year after year to frequent their favorite stalls. This fall’s market has accepted 25 vendors selling local produce, handmade lunches, baked goods, beverages, fresh salsa, crafts and more.
As the market grows, its original mission to increase food access remains at the forefront.
The Double Your Dollars program will return for its fifth season, thanks to support from University of Utah Health. Double Your Dollars provides students with a $1-to-$1 match for students and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to purchase produce/food items at the market. Participants purchase tokens from the Market Manager’s Booth and can spend those tokens on grocery-like food items, including (but not limited to) fruits, vegetables, honey, salsa and baked goods. More than 400 students took advantage of the program last year.
“The popular market excels at connecting students, faculty and staff with local farmers and food purveyors. But even more so, the market has become a space for community, where students hang out and interact with small business owners from the Salt Lake City metropolitan area,” said Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Farmers Market co-manager.
About Sustainability at the University of Utah
The University of Utah is committed to integrating sustainability across all areas of the institution, including academics, operations and administration. Additionally, the university is supporting sustainability efforts and research under the Sustainability Office to better streamline initiatives and collaboration across campus.