Salt Lake City Area Farmers’ Markets 2017

The Salt Lake valley is lucky to have quite a few farmers’ markets.  Most of them will start in the first week of June so I wanted to share this year’s lineup.  Farmers’ markets are a great way to get into zero waste shopping because farm stands are overall more supportive of shoppers bringing their own reusable containers and grocery bags than most conventional grocery stores.  In addition to buying the freshest locally grown produce and artisan goods, take the opportunity to speak with the farmers and craftsman to learn where and how the produce was grown and if they take back their own jars, produce baskets and egg cartons when the product is all used up.

To zero waste shop, plan ahead and come to the market with a few shopping supplies:

  • reusable shopping tote or market basket
  • reusable produce bags
  • canning jars or glass storage containers
  • return jars, baskets, or cartons from past purchases for reuse
  • and don’t forget your reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated while strolling and enjoying the market

Now, please feel free to browse the listings below and check out our map to find a market near you.

(↑ This map has several layers to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.  You can show the layers by clicking on the arrow on the top left of the map and selecting the ones you’re interested to see.  Farmers’ markets are the bottom category and tagged with a green symbol showing an apple and a jug.   You can click on a listing to have more information about the location and how supportive the businesses are of the zero waste lifestyle.)

SUMMER MARKETS

Sugar House Farmers Market
Wednesday 5pm – 8pm, June 7th – Oct
Fairmont Park
1040 Sugarmont Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Website: www.sugarhousefarmersmarket.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SugarHouseFarmersMarket/?ref=br_rs

Liberty Park Market
Friday 4pm – Dusk, June 9th – Oct 20th
Liberty Park
1300 South 680 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Website: https://libertyparkmarketslc.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Liberty-Park-Market-972118346253038

Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park
Saturday 8am – 2pm, June 10th – Oct 21st
Pioneer Park
350 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Website: www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slcfarmersmarket

Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Gardner Village
Saturday 9am – 1pm, July 8th – Oct 28th
Gardner Village
1100 West 7800 South
West Jordan, UT 84088

Website: www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wasatchfrontfarmersmarket

Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Wheeler Historic Farm
Sunday 9am – 2pm, June 4th – Oct 29th
Wheeler Historic Farm
6351 South 900 East
Murray, UT 84121

Website: www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wasatchfrontfarmersmarket

9th West Farmers Market
Sunday 10am – 2pm, June 11th – Oct
International Peace Gardens
1000 S 900 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Website: https://9thwestfarmersmarket.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmarket

FALL MARKETS

Downtown Harvest Market
Tuesday 4pm – Dusk, Aug 8th – Oct
Gallivan Plaza
239 Main Str.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Website: www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slcfarmersmarket

University of Utah Farmers Market
Thursday 10am – 2pm, Aug 24th – Oct
University of Utah Tanner Plaza
201 South 1460 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UofUFarmersMarket

South Jordan Farmers Market
Saturday 8am – 2pm, Aug 5th – Oct
1600 W. Towne Centre Drive
South Jordan, UT  84009

Website: www.southjordanfarmersmarket.com

WINTER MARKETS

Downtown Winter Market
Saturday 10am – 2pm, Nov 2017 – April 2018
Rio Grande Depot
270 S Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Website: www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/slcfarmersmarket

Wheeler Farm Indoor Market
1st Sunday of each month, 10am – 2pm, Nov – April
Wheeler Historic Farm Barn
6351 South 900 East
Murray, UT 84121

Written & created by Nina Estabrook from SLC Zero Waste.

Zero-Waste Dining: Pizza!

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I cannot imagine my life without pizza! This weekend, I visited my favorite pizzeria in the valley, The Pie, and realized how easy zero-waste pizza can be! Of course, I am talking about zero-waste from a consumer standpoint as it can be difficult to know how much waste was generated by the establishment in creating the pizza – however, there are many ways to reduce your environmental impact as a consumer through a few mindful choices: planning to eat your pizza at the restaurant & bringing a few essentials to reduce your reliance on disposables.

  1. Plan to eat your pizza at the restaurant.

I am no stranger to the joys of ordering a pizza, flipping on a movie, and spending the rest of the evening in a food-induced coma. Sadly, this joy is short-lived as the next day I feel guilty when I am faced with throwing away the large cardboard box. Although SLC Green states that Salt Lake County residents may recycle pizza boxes as long as they are free from grease, my apartment manager was notified a few months ago by Salt Lake County that our building residents must stop putting pizza boxes in the blue bin, or else they would stop servicing our recycling. I have sent an email to both SLC Green & Sanitation asking to explain the discrepancy, and will update with the response. Nevertheless, this means that for the past few months, all of the pizza boxes from my building have been sent straight to the landfill, and will be decomposing there for decades! It can be difficult trying to sift through conflicting information about recycling. In times like this, I think of Bea Johnson’s 5 R‘s (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and remember why it is important to follow them in order! If I refuse a pizza box in the first place, I do not have to worry about recycling it.

Any easy way to refuse a pizza box and thereby eliminate “box guilt” is to simply dine-in at the restaurant. Most likely, by the time you are done enjoying your meal, the leftover slices will fit easily into one or two reusable containers. This brings me to my next point:

2. Bring a few essentials to reduce your reliance on disposables.

When dining-in at The Pie, reusable cups, plates, and utensils are all available. Pizzas are served on metal pans. This means that the only items I need to bring are a cloth napkin and a container for leftovers (after my partner and I have eaten, we usually have 2-3 slices to bring home).

Other local pizza places that I have visited tend to have similar accommodations. Vertical Pizza and Este offer reusable plates, pizza pans, silverware, and cups. The Pie Hole offers mostly disposables, and heat their pizza slices on paper plates, so I recommend contacting them directly to see if they can accommodate a reusable plate should you bring one. I realize that there are many more dine-in pizza establishments in SLC, but if you call ahead to see what reusable items the restaurant already offers, you can bring any necessary items to close the gaps and avoid disposables.

I have been following this strategy for the past several months – and have discovered an additional benefit of enjoying my pizza at the restaurant: I tend to enjoy my meal more because I am eating mindfully. When dining out, I find myself happy to disconnect from technology, and instead connect to those at the restaurant with me, while being fully immersed in the aromas and flavors of the delicious pizza!

If dining-in is simply not an option for you, you can make take-out more zero-waste friendly by creating your own reusable pizza box! Although I am not sure this option is practical for me personally, the Instagram blogger zerowasteteacher has had success with her custom wooden box (check it out here). One of the things I love about the zero-waste community are the creative solutions to everyday problems.

While researching this article, I found a pizza chain in California, Mombo’s Pizza, that offers a reusable pizza box program – which is a fantastic idea – and would be a great model for our local pizzerias to adopt! I will contact The Pie & Este this coming week, suggest that they create a similar program, and update this article with their responses.

Written & Illustrated by Bree Berrie for SLC Zero Waste.