Nothing brings a community together like the local farmer’s market.

Being surrounded by local produce, handmade products made by community artists, musicians attending local schools and friendly neighbors reminds us of what we have right here in the Valley. It may seem obvious that we live in an abundant place, but in a world where everything has gone global and so much is made in China and sold at Walmart, it’s easy to be distracted. Advertisements are everywhere, flying in our faces and blaring from every source of media available.

Farmer’s markets are a down-to-earth way to relax and unwind. Oh, and to pick up some fruits and vegetables.

It’s difficult to compete with the spectacular crowds and variety of the Salt Lake farmer’s markets, but our smaller-scale ones have their advantages. For one thing, the crowds aren’t as dense, and one can spend more time talking and haggling with the vendors or just browsing without being swept up in a tide of people rushing past. Having local folks sell their produce and art closer to home is marvelously convenient.

It’s more enjoyable to do business with friends and acquaintances rather than the big-box stores of faceless corporations. Shopping can be much more enjoyable in an outdoor community setting where you usually know where everything came from and how it got there.

Thanksgiving Point has recently opened a farmers’ market, joining Provo and Spanish Fork in an effort to provide our valley’s people with our valley’s bounty. Not only is it less expensive, but buying local is also better for the environment as the pollution and carbon emissions caused by shipping things from out of the state or country by ships, trucks, and trains is detrimental.


Local farmers’ markets:


500 West Center St.


9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Spanish Fork

The City Center at 40 South Main St.


9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Point

3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi


Fridays, 3-7 p.m.