Provo’s Farmers Market opens Saturday

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It will be easier than ever to find the best homemade crafts, locally grown produce and tasty treats at Provo’s Farmers Market, which will open on Saturday with more than 100 vendors.

Erin Simmons, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., said she goes to the Farmers Market as much as she can.

“One of my favorite things about summer in Provo is going to the Farmers Market,” Simmons said. “It’s the perfect thing to do on a Saturday.”

Kathryn Allen, executive director of Provo’s Farmers Market, said there is a significant amount of community building that takes place at the market.

“The community comes together for the same purpose,” Allen said. “The people who come are generally people who have an interest in the community and an interest in health, so this common bond allows for the community to grow together.”

Allen said people are taking a lot more interest in what they’re eating.

“That’s where the value of a farmers market comes into play,” Allen said.

Louise Jorgensen, member of the Farmers Market board of directors, said her favorite part about the Farmers Market is the people involved.

“I love getting to know the vendors and meeting all the people who come each week,” Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen said the market also gives people the opportunity to make extra income.

“It’s such a wonderful thing for local people to be involved in business, who otherwise wouldn’t be,” Jorgensen said. “It gives people the opportunity to make good on things they’re creative with.”

Not only does the Farmers Market offer a place to buy food and crafts, there is usually live music to listen to as you shop and eat.

Jess Barringer, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., said she loves the easy-going atmosphere of the Farmers Market.

“It’s just a fun place to eat good food, find cool knickknacks, listen to music and chill with your friends,” Barringer said. “And there are lots of free samples to enjoy as well.”

Provo’s Farmers Market is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park (500 W. Center St.) through Oct. 29. The Farmers Market will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After Sept. 5, the market is open for business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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