History of the Downtown Farmers Market

The Downtown Farmers Market was created in 1992 by the Downtown Alliance to introduce positive activities to Pioneer Park — a 10-acre green space notorious for criminal activities. Since the early years, the neighborhood, the Market and the local food movement have flourished. Our program has expanded to include the following markets, open on nearly 50 days each year in the Pioneer Park neighborhood:

  • Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market (Saturdays, June - October)
  • Tuesday Farmers Market (Tuesdays, August - October)
  • Rio Grande Winter Market (Saturdays, November - April)

Our vendor mix represents more than 100 farms and ranches from within 250 miles of Salt Lake City and includes sellers from 16 counties in Utah. In addition to farm goods, you will find handmade, locally-produce food, beverages and crafts. Our motto is "Make it, bake it, grow it", and you will find that our vendors have passion and pride for the products they bring to Market. Some of Utah's iconic food businesses started at the Market, and each year a selection of our vendors make the leap from market stall to brick-and-mortar retail business. 

The Markets provide an excellent venue to help us achieve our mission, but our programs reach beyond Pioneer Park. We have our hands in canning classes, food preservation demonstrations, farm tours, pop-up markets, plant sales, brown bag lectures. If local food is on the agenda, you will likely find us there. 

The mission of the Market is to support sustainable, regional agriculture; to build community gathering places; to increase access to nutritious, local foods in urban areas; and to educate the consumer about shopping local. With your support, we can achieve those goals and make sure our community always has full plates of delicious, local food.

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