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Fresh Produce Arrives for South Salt Lake as Farm Stand, Farmers Market Begins

Aug 30, 2016 04:20PM ● By Travis Barton

Throughout September, a farm stand will run Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the 500 East streetcar stop. The South Salt Lake Farmers Market will run every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Historic Scott Community Center. –Stephanie Barton

Fresh fruit and vegetables displayed on tables, attracts the attention of curious, and often hungry, onlookers. Luckily, for those who enjoy looking at and buying from bountiful farmers stands, South Salt Lake offers two.
 
In partnership with Westminster College, South Salt Lake will run a farmers market every Tuesday in September from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Historic Scott School, 3238 S. 540 West. While a farm stand will run Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at the 500 East streetcar stop.
 
“People should come check it out,” said, Esther Daranciang, a community connections intern with South Salt Lake.  
 
This will be the second year Daranciang has run the farm stand where fresh produce such as peaches, tomatoes, apples and squash, is offered for sale.
 
“September’s a big month for growers so we have a lot of harvest,” Daranciang, also a Westminster student, said.
 
Also responsible for the farmers market, Daranciang said they try to bring in a diverse selection of vendors for the market, not just food.
 
“A lot of them are small and more local which is kinda cool,” Daranciang said. Some of which includes a 20-year-old artist selling prints or a high school drama teacher who sells beets.
 
Parts of South Salt Lake aren’t necessarily close to a location where fresh food is readily available. Daranciang said having this garden-fresh produce nearby gives members of the community an option in close proximity.
 
“We have some [produce] that is reasonably priced and allows people access to that and hopefully build a healthier community,” Daranciang said.
 
It’s a community involvement that usually surprises as some people will stumble upon the stand or market and get fruit for the road.
 
The stand and market will run only through September.