SLC Harvest Market kicks off

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-07 22:37:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Tuesday was the start of downtown Salt Lake City’s Harvest Market where local produce is the focus of the event.

It’s local fruits and vegetables grown in Utah that draws shoppers to the market. Similar to Salt Lake’s Downtown Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday, the Harvest Market is a smaller venue to cater to those with local food on their mind.

“We have a gourmet line of jams, jellies, preserves, and syrups all made from Utah products right here in Salt Lake Valley,” says Diann Reese from Mimi’s Garden.

Along with the usual crop foods, there is some unique finds that are often not often seen at large grocery stores.

“This right here is a painted serpent cucumber -- that sounds dangerous, it's actually more closely related to a melon, it's kind of sweet,” says Kevin Nash from Earth First Eco Farms.

Some of the farmers say it has been a bit on the dry side this growing season, but the crops are better than last year's.

Harvest Market takes place every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to dusk and will end Oct. 23. Vendors say they usually pack up around 7 p.m.