The St. George Farmers Market is back and larger than ever with new vendors and a new look.
Over the summer, the popular market was put on hold due to the old location, Ancestor Square, no longer having the space. The market was growing too large are there were safety concerns, said Kat Puzey, executive director of the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op.
After lengthy discussions with the St. George City Council, the market was approved to move to Vernon Worthen Park and allowed to open every Saturday for an all-year-long market with changing products each season.
Saturday marked the first market at the lar, with a grand total of 60 vendors including several food trucks. The turnout was in the thousands, with several crowded rows of locals filing into the park from 8 a.m. to noon. Many of the vendors sold out within an hour of being open for business, Puzey said.
The rows of tents and vendors followed the curve of the south corner of the park, although with how crowded and jumbled the set-up was, Puzey anticipates a broader path and different rows in next week's market.
The Farmers Market also opens up an opportunity for some small business owners to actually interact with their customers and gain new ones.
“I have another business that I sell from home, so I don't really get to interact with the customers because I'm always just cooking up the food,” said Leu Verdugo, the owner of The Pink Cart, one of the vendors. “So being able to interact with the customers I've been seeing, I really enjoy it.”
Many of the vendors were first-time market sellers who had been anticipating the reopening and looking forward to gaining more customers.
There were local favorites like Affogato West, Charred and The Heart Beet for hungry marketgoers to purchase from. The local duo Projekt Listen performed throughout the event.
Traveling vendor Fred Openshaw of Openshaw Farms said that this new space, as well as the number of vendors and customers, could put the St. George Downtown Farmers Market in competition with bigger markets across the state.
The Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on every Saturday from May through October, with the hours shifting to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in November, February, March and April. January and December will be break months for farmers to prepare for the new year, Puzey said.
To learn more about the Downtown Farmers Market, visit https://mofacoutah.com/downtown-farmers-market.
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