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Farmers market sprouts up at Sugar House Park

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The Sugar House Farmers Market is moving to Sugar House Park.

Since opening in 2010, the market has been held at the Monument Plaza. This year the market is moving to the Parley’s Creek Pavilion in the local park, 1330 East 2100 South.

“The original plan was to start with a highly visible location and then grow,” Farmers Market representative Amy Barry said. Moving to the park was always in the board’s plans.

The Sugar House Park Authority oversees the care of the park and doesn’t normally allow vendors. The SHPA made an exception for the farmers market.

“I don’t think it’ll be as oppressively hot during the summer with all the grass around us. There will be pros and cons,” 3 Squares Produce owner Jack Wilber said. He enjoyed the high visibility of the Monument Plaza and is interested to see how the new location affects sales.

The Sugar House Farmers Market has accepted 120 vendors. There will be 50 booths at any given time. Some of the vendors will share booths and others will only stay for part of the season.

“The farmers market has almost doubled in size,” Barry said. “We have had to turn some vendors away.”

The Farmer Market Board wants the Sugar House Farmers Market to stay a true farmers market: the board didn’t want to have too many crafts in relation to the food being sold.

“We don’t want to have too much of the same thing,” Barry said.

One of the packaged food vendors will be Cheese Bread Mania owner Debora Hammond. She got her start at the Sugar House Farmers Market. Now her Brazilian breads can be found in 40 supermarkets.

“The crowd at Sugar House Park is wonderful,” Hammond said. She frequents the park and said the extra parking and large space will be great for business.

“It felt like we were homeless at the Sugar Hole,” Hammond said.

This summer the farmers market will also host a new program called the Junior Farmers Circle. The event will provide activities for youth, including crafts focusing on sustainability. The program will be available each week at the market.

There is also a Youth Entrepreneur Program where children 16 years and younger can be vendors. It costs $10 a week for a booth space and table.

“It will provide education about where food comes from,” Barry said. She wanted to make sure adults and children were involved in the farmers market. Live entertainment will also be scheduled each week.

The Sugar House Farmers Market will be held every Friday, July 13 through Oct. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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