If you’ve ever been to the summer Downtown SLC’s Farmer’s Market then you know how much fun it can be. We find ourselves there a few times each summer buying fresh flowers, pasta, pesto, produce, bread, dog treats and whatever else we can find while munching on samples from local vendors and sipping on a mint limeade. So when I found out there was a winter market I was hesitant to visit thinking that it was sure to disappoint compared to the summer market.
However, in a late-winter effort to pretend that it isn’t freezing out and that the groundhog didn’t see his shadow I loaded up the car and made the trip downtown to the Rio Grande.
The market is split into two different areas, the portico. a tented outdoor section, and inside on the upper level of the Rio Grande building. There is also a row of food truck out back.
The weekend that we went happened to be the cheese festival so there were booths set up from local cheese makers including Rockhill Cheese, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Drake Family Farms Goat Dairy Utah, Caputo's Market, and Beehive Cheese.
Other items we found outside included cold crop produce, freshly pressed apple cider, fresh eggs, empanadas, citrus fruits, and candied nuts. They also had tables and chairs set up so you could eat food from the food trucks outside or the food vendors right there.
I find that shopping at a market like this and letting the kids pick out some items can teach them a lot about where their food comes from and encourage them to try new, healthy foods.
When you’re cold from being outside, head inside to get warm by the radiators and visit the vendors on the mezzanine level. We took the stairs but there is an elevator so it is stroller friendly. In fact a stroller would be great to bring so you can have your hands free to try samples and carry groceries.
Items inside the market included goodies from several different bakeries, chocolates, caramel sauces, homemade soup, kombucha, salsas and pestos, and many other items. The vendors were all great with my kids offering samples to the whole family and answering questions about what they were selling.
While the Winter’s market isn’t as large or as warm as the summer market, it was certainly a fun place to go with the kids and taste a little of what Utah has to offer. I was pleasantly surprised and we will be back!
- The winter’s market runs every other Saturday (be sure to check the calendar here) until April 22 at the Rio Grand in Downtown Salt Lake City.
- It seemed that most vendors were able to take credit cards but I would recommend bringing cash.
- There is also an ATM on site.
- Parking was free and abundant when we went.
- Public restrooms are available.