Bigger, better farmers market kicks off this weekend in downtown Ogden

Friday , June 22, 2018 - 5:15 AM1 comment

OGDEN — Like the fruits and vegetables at the heart of this annual summer tradition, Farmers Market Ogden continues to grow.

Beginning this weekend, downtown Historic 25th Street will again fill with fresh produce, art, displays, vendors, entertainment and much more. The inaugural market of the 2018 growing season begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, on Historic 25th Street between Washington Boulevard and Wall Avenue. The day’s events will continue until 2 p.m.

Danielle Collier is the marketing and communications coordinator for Ogden Downtown Alliance, the organizer of the event. Collier says the farmers market, which continues Saturdays between now and Sept. 15, will attract more than 200 vendors and 100,000 visitors each weekend.

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“We’re actually really excited about the number of produce vendors this year,” Collier said. “It’s bigger, it’s hopefully more vibrant, and it’s more inclusive.”

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This year’s market will see a complete street closure along 25th Street for three full blocks.

“More of the market will be out on the street this year,” she said. “In past years, a lot of it centered on the grassy park by the amphitheater.”

Admittedly, Collier says farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are the big draw at these farmers markets.

“People will come down and plan out the whole week’s food,” she said.

However, Collier says there are plenty of other things to buy, see and do. Locally owned coffee shops and restaurants will offer food. Artisans will share their art, woodwork, quilts and other creations. Entertainment abounds. And there are activities for children, including face painting.

“If you’re not into local produce, we’ve got plenty of food vendors, buskers, performances and other activities for everyone,” Collier said.

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The market focuses on locally produced items — no multi-level marketing allowed, according to Collier.

“We go through a pretty intense process of figuring out which are essentially local, home-run businesses,” she said. “Our slogan is ‘Buy fresh, buy local.’ The farmers market is a day out for shopping local.”

One activity Collier expects to be popular is the new outdoor yoga session at 9 a.m. each Saturday on the grass near the amphitheater. And She’s Dope Too, a local business, will bring in a different yoga instructor each week. Donations are accepted for that activity.

There are also plans to hold a couple of children’s yoga classes throughout the summer, according to Collier.

This year’s market will beef up the community vendor activities each week. In past years, organizers hoped for one group a week offering activities to market-goers. This year, each week will feature about four nonprofits and other organizations.

Entertainment has always been a part of Farmers Market Ogden. In addition to music on the main stage, each Saturday will feature six to eight buskers performing along the street.

Collier also said they’re hoping to involve more cultural performances going forward — dancing, drummers and music from around the world.

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“There’s also a mariachi band possibly coming,” she said.

Collier said they’re also working on getting all the farmers market materials translated into Spanish, in an attempt to tap into that important segment of the community.

And new this year, the Ogden Downtown Alliance will be selling a line of Farmers Market Ogden merchandise. T-shirts, tote bags, aprons, coffee mugs and ballcaps will be among the branded items for sale.

Last year, Farmers Market Ogden was named “Best Place for Family Fun” by Indie Ogden, a local volunteer-run blog. Collier says this year’s weekly event will live up to that billing.

“I think people should come to Farmers Market Ogden to just be in the moment — to come and connect with their community, to recognize this wonderful city we live in, and to support local farmers and artisans,” she said.

And, Collier reminds all, the farmers market is held rain or shine.

“The yoga will be a fun one in the rain,” she said.

For more information, visit farmersmarketogden.com, or follow @FarmersMarketOgden on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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