The Downtown Farmers Market is moving to inside the Rio Grande Depot starting Saturday morning. With Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market ending its 21st summer season at Pioneer Park, the Downtown Alliance is leveraging its success into the new indoor venue to become The Winter Market.
“You know, we’ve sort of hand-picked our most popular and best vendors that can produce throughout the winter. So there’s about 50 vendors whereas during the downtown market you know there’s closer to 200,” says the Downtown Alliance's Nick Como.
He says there won’t be any arts and craft vendors but the Rio Gallery and the Utah Division of State History are also housed in the space and free to the public. He also says there will still be plenty of vendors supplying fresh products through the winter including root vegetables, apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
“…more of those year-round things like local cheese. I think about four creameries that are going to be there. Bakeries, which is also available locally, year-round…some great local natural meat vendors that have beef, lamb, pork…,” Como says.
He says the long range plan is to eventually have a permanent space dedicated to The Winter Market. The event runs every other Saturday through April from 10 am to 2 pm.