Get out your reusable bags and recipes for fresh veggies and fruit — many of the Utah Valley farmers markets are in full swing now, or will be by the beginning of August. There are more than a half dozen markets to chose from. They fall on different days of the week, so it’s easy to keep your family in local produce, honey, baked goods and even handmade artisan items for the rest of the summer.
At Spanish Fork’s farmers market, organized by the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce, you won’t see anything but food — mainly fresh fruits and veggies. This market might just be the longest-running in Utah Valley. It started about 25 years ago. The Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce started operating it about five years ago.
The market starts July 26 and generally has 20 to 30 vendors who come every Saturday, and another 20 to 30 more who might have extra produce from their own gardens to sell that week, said Randi Kaufman, office assistant at the chamber.
“We get pretty crowded,” she said. “People do sell out; it depends on the season and what people are looking for. We have a peach vendor who will sell out.”
Most of the vendors come from the Spanish Fork area, though there are a few from Provo or Orem, she said.
One of the newer markets is the Happy Valley Farmers Market in American Fork on Friday nights. It’s been around since 2011, but it used to be at the Riverwoods in Provo. This is its first year in American Fork. It will be at Robinson Park.
The Happy Valley market will have produce, food trucks, salsas, honey and quality local handmade crafts, said organizer Jamie Wadley. There will also be a kids corner, where each week there will be a craft geared toward education. The market also has a nutritionist involved.
“We’re also going to have really good entertainment,” she said, referring to singer-songwriter Joshua James. The schedule of entertainment, demos and kids crafts will be up on the website within the week. The market gets going Aug. 1.
In Mapleton, the farmers market has added a program to help local families in need. Each week there is a table with empty boxes that people can fill with their excess garden produce, and every box is donated to a family.
Utah Valley Farmers Markets
Pleasant Grove Promenade
Where: 100 S. Main St., Pleasant Grove
When: 5 p.m. to dark Thursdays
Goes through Sept. 4
More info at http://www.pgpromenade.com/
BYU Farmers Market
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium parking lot, Provo
When: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays
Starts Aug. 7, goes through Oct. 30 (no market on Sept. 11 due to football game.)
More info at dining.byu.edu
Happy Valley Farmers Market
Where: 100 E. Main St., American Fork
When: 5-9 p.m. Fridays
Starts Aug. 1, goes through Oct. 24
More info at happyvalleyfm.com
Mapleton Farmers Market
Where: 125 W. 400 North, Mapleton (city center front parking lot)
When: 8-11 a.m. Saturdays
Starts July 26, goes through Sept. 27
More info at mapletonmarket.org
Provo Farmers Market
Where: 500 W. Center St., Provo (Pioneer Park)
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Goes through Oct. 25
More info at provofarmersmarket.org
Spanish Fork Farmers Market
Where: 100 W. Center St., Spanish Fork
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Starts July 26, goes through Nov. 1
More info at chamberorganizer.com
Thanksgiving Point Farmers Market
Where: 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi (Water Tower Plaza)
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
Goes through Oct. 25
More info at wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org