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Winter version of farmers market opens Saturday at The Gateway

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Consumers shop for fresh vegetables and food at the Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Salt Lake City.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The winter version of the summer farmers market is set to open Saturday at the Gateway. 

The Winter Market will offer produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, dairy, eggs, honey, packaged foods and more each Saturday through April 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market, which has traditionally been held at the Rio Grande Depot, will operate at 12 S. Rio Grande St. at The Gateway. The depot is undergoing repairs for structural damages caused by the March 18 earthquake.

According to organizers, nearly half of Utah’s counties will be represented at the Winter Market on behalf of farmers and producers within a 250-mile radius of Salt Lake City. The products sold at the market largely mirror the product mix at the successful summer market. 

Market staff and The Gateway have worked closely with city, county and state officials to organize the market for optimal health and safety for vendors and customers. 

Enhanced health safety measures include: 

  • ·Masks required at all times for vendors, patrons and staff.
  • Minimum of 8 feet between vendor booths.
  • No food sampling.
  • No dining areas.
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the market.
  • Regular and thorough sterilization of high-touch surfaces. 
  • Offerings are limited to meats, fruits, vegetables, other agricultural products, and limited packaged goods.

“Just as we did with the successful Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park, we will provide a safe and robust market offering locally sourced products,” market direct Alison Einerson, said in a statement. “We perfected our safety protocols and processes through the summer market. This market is incredibly important to the bottom lines of the many small businesses, farmers and ranchers who sell here.”