Wheeler Farm Farmers Market Brings Community Together
Nov 09, 2015 09:59AM ● Published by Amanda Butler
By Amanda Butler
A sunny fall day brought crowds to the Wheeler Farm Farmers Market. Located at 6351 South 900 East, the market was open every Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from June 7 through Oct. 26. The popular market has been in operation since 2011 and offers community members a place to buy and sell a wide variety of local goods. This year the market featured over 100 booths, which were spread out along the south lawn of Wheeler Historic Farm.
In addition to fruits and vegetables from local farms, vendors at the market sold locally produced foods, including hummus, jams and jellies, salsa, breads and pastries, candy, raw honey, barbecue sauce, meats and cheeses. There were also plenty of booths offering jewelry, soaps, handmade craft items, artwork and clothing. A wide variety of fresh-made food items was available, including tamales, tacos, gelato, coffee and juices, to name a few. Many families could be seen enjoying a meal together in the covered picnic area near the booths.
The atmosphere was friendly, with many vendors sharing free samples of their products. The market also offered live music, as well as bounce houses and a playground. Pets were welcome at the market, and most vendors provided water for dogs.
Vendor Jeff DaBell said that the market provides a “sense of community.” DaBell became a vendor at the market two years ago and said he appreciates “the fact that we have the opportunity to really get out and meet and greet our guests. We do have that opportunity in our restaurant, but here it slows the pace down a little bit. We have the opportunity to really get to know our customers here and develop a relationship with them in a different way, and get to meet new customers and make friends with them—make friends with people that we don’t get to otherwise. It’s great to meet other entrepreneurs as well.”
The Wheeler Farm Farmers Market operated in conjunction with the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, an organization “dedicated to providing local communities with local produce, foods, crafts and processed goods.”